17
Apr
Ouya

The newest update for the Ouya game console has been made available, and it's a big one. This time the cryptozoological mascot is the infamous goat-sucker itself, the Chupacabra. It's more than a name, though. This is a notable update that addresses some of the concerns users have had about the device since launch.

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Here's the full changelog for the Chupacabra update. It's a really big update.

  • Audio passthrough is now supported in XBMC! Once you have the newest OUYA update, make sure you download the latest copy of XBMC on DISCOVER and you’ll have audio passthrough support for AC3, DTS, and AAC.

  • Redesigned the Details page to provide a cleaner new look and feel.

    • Now text is easier to read and screenshots are easier to navigate.

    • Reduced screen clutter to make navigation more clear.

    • No more stuff scrolling off the screen and looking like an overscan issue.

    • Page is now more versatile to support various types of pages like the Developer page discussed below.

  • Reorganized PLAY to make it easier to find games.

    • The top row will function as PLAY previously did.

    • We’ve removed the Thumbs Up system (too much overlap with ratings) and added a new “Favorite” system. Games you Favorite from the Details page will show up in the second row of PLAY.

    • Added a category for Purchased games, so you can more easily find games you’ve purchased (installed or not).

    • Added a category for Recent Downloads which will show currently downloading games plus the 10 most recent finished downloads.

    • Added an A-Z category so you can find games alphabetically.

  • Added Developer-specific Details pages (and support for other generic Details pages).

    • Now you can learn more about the folks who make the great games you love. Get to know your favorite devs!

    • These pages also allow an easy way to access all the games from a specific developer.

    • As Developers fill out their profiles, you’ll start to see these pages appear on the console.

  • Genre sections are now updated to have multiple rows.

    • Instead of the previous “bucket”, Genres now have rows like the main page of DISCOVER, allowing the display of Featured games, New Releases, etc.

  • Added a simple “download manager”.

    • Games that are currently downloading will appear in the Recent Downloads section of PLAY (in addition to the places they previously appeared).

    • By pressing U on a game in the download queue, you can move games to the front of the queue to set the order in which you want your games to download. It will pause any current downloads and resume them from where they left off when the prioritized games are finished.

  • Game developers can now choose if they want their games to be Free to Try or have a price up front.

  • Made pairing of Bluetooth media remotes easier.

    • Using the PS3 Media Remote as an example:

      • Navigate to the Android Settings located in Manage > Controllers > Pairing > Bluetooth Settings (Alternately, you can reach this by navigating to Manage > System > Advanced > Bluetooth)

      • Activate “Search For Device” to begin looking for pairing requests

      • On the Media Remote, press and hold START+ENTER buttons until the PS3 button begins flashing

      • When the device appears in the Available Devices list, select the BD Remote Control from the Available Devices list

      • The BD Remote Control should now appear in the Paired Devices list as connected.

  • Added an option to keep controllers turned on (no timed auto-shutoff) in select Media programs (like XBMC). This can be found in MANAGE -> CONTROLLER -> SETTINGS. This new option will be enabled by default.

  • Improvements to the new user flow

    • Gamers no longer need to confirm their password as a new user

    • Added a date of birth field and optional gender field for new user signup

  • We’ve made it more clear that if you are a user that would like to use PayPal, you can always purchase vouchers from OUYA.tv – pay there with PayPal, enter the code under MANAGE -> ACCOUNT -> PAYMENTS, and you are good to go!

See? I told you is was a big one. Of particular interest this time is that audio passthrough for XBMC, which makes the device a much more capable media streamer. The Play screen is also no longer organized by last played – there are favorites and alphabetical lists too. Add to that a raft of visual tweaks, and you've got a goat-sucker. Check out the video below for some additional details.

You can update the console in the settings, but give it some time. Again, it's a big update.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • SharonCLilly

    The Play screen is also no longer organized by last played – there are favorites and alphabetical lists too. Add to that a raft of visual tweaks, and you've got a goat-sucker. Check out the video below for some additional details. http://buyh.tk/wC

  • Logan

    I need KitKat on my OUYA!!

    • GraveUypo

      why?
      describe one real benefit of putting kitkat on ouya.

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        RAM consumption, ART, basically every benefit KitKat came with for low spec devices.

        • matt

          My 2012 Nexus 7 with Kit Kat runs awful. I dont use it any more because it is sooo slow.

          • David Hart

            Yeah, Nvidia Shield just updated to KitKat and now the battery life is tremendously less, and emulators (pretty much everything) has dropped frames, and audio cracks :

            I've never had a device actually get better with a newer OS though, it's always made a negative impact.

          • didibus

            Really? Damn, is it still worth getting a Shield?

        • Mark Burley

          Yeah but a huge proportion of the games would not work for some time and need rejigging by developers losing revenue in the meantime duh!

    • primalxconvoy

      You mean that you want a broken file manager for external storage? Kiss goodbye to sideloading, external media and Ouya's official support for "save to usb" for large apps and games, then.

      KitKat is a joke.

      • David Hart

        It's also a joke how easy it is to fix the SD access.

  • jm9843

    The OUYA is, dare I say it, becoming a legitimately polished product now. The system UX is getting close to something that is enjoyable to use instead of something that you tolerate just to get to XBMC, TowerFall, etc. And eliminating the "free to play" requirement may help attract some of the bigger indie developers who were avoiding it for that reason.

    Good stuff.

    • primalxconvoy

      Except there is no way to test if those games will work with a usb device already attached, with the official pad (which doesn't always work) or with an officially supported third party pad (such as a ps3 pad).

      Demo's were the saving grace of Ouya's ongoing controller fiasco. Even AAA games like "Shadow Gun" suffered from spotty controller support, so even big publishers/Devs can't guarantee a working game.

      Ouya, unlike Google Play, has no official refund policy in place, so people can't download and get a refund in lieu of the lack of demo.

      Still think it's good?

      • GazaIan

        Ouya, unlike Google Play, has no official refund policy in place, so people can't download and get a refund in lieu of the lack of demo.

        That's a piss poor shot against the OUYA, and I don't even like OUYA. Google Play's refund window is 15 minutes. That's nowhere near enough time to try out a game to see if you like it, and that 15 minutes begins whether or not the app is fully installed. The timer will run even on apps that do more installation after opening it, like Rayman Jungle Run. Even with this, it's not impossible to check out games on YouTube, or read written reviews of games. A lack of demos surely hasn't slowed down other consoles, how could it possibly cause anything more than a negligible impact on the OUYA?

        • David Hart

          It's actually 30 minutes, It recently went up a little.

          https://support.google.com/chrome_webstore/answer/1053362?hl=en

          • GazaIan

            Thanks for that! I must have gotten unlucky, I bought Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed, and it doesn't even run on my Nexus 4. I went back after about 20 minutes, but the refund option wasn't there anymore. I'm not even all that upset about it, it was only 99 cents and I can get it running under Bluestacks on my Surface Pro 2.

    • Mark Burley

      Yeah I love my mojo but I play bards tale on my ouya I can install my games on my portable HDD there but not on mojo boo hiss! Sort it madcatz that beauty weighs in at 4 GB with the HD textures so without external installing its a no go.

  • Evan

    I don't know exactly what passtrough is for but XBMC for ouya does not work right still after the update. Stick with regular XBMC is what i'll be doing. thats dumb

    • primalxconvoy

      Sideload "SPMC". It's an ouya directrix version of xbmc made by top xbmc bod. " Koying".

  • primalxconvoy

    Be careful with the update, folks. If you've got an external usb memory storage device attached, remove it before booting up the system prior to updating; there's been (a?) report/s of said storage devices getting corrupted, due to the Ouya's mandatory (too long) "checking external memory/scanning for apps" shenanigans interfering with the update, causing said corruption of the usb memory.

    That said, the Discover shop is fast becoming far easier to use and easier on the eyes than the PS3 shop. XBMC is now useful (but if you've already sideloaded SPMC, there is no need for XBMC).

    As for no more free demos; this is still a huge stumbling block for Ouya, as most games are already available for free, or cheaper on Google Play anyway, so there is no need to buy again for Ouya (especially as official Pads and third party pads don't always work nor supported by some games) as you can't test those games prior.

    Expect to see an increase in sideloading and piracy (of non-demo) games after this update.

    • Mark Burley

      Games have to be optimised for the ouya that doesn't come for free if you sideload which is a good option to have then you will need to do your own jiggery Pokery obviously. As for piracy those s**m f**ks are always gonna want everything for free nothing new there.

  • David J. Hughes

    Anyone tell me why after I did the update my screen shrunk to half size? ?

  • Evan

    Definitely user error(i guess you can mess up android.?). There is just no sound on some mkv. I installed SPMC like primalxconvoy suggested i can see some improvement in loading speed. Time will tell if it is stable. XBMC on ouya definitely rocks even if ther would be bug the startup time is unbeatable.

  • Streetsy

    Can someone tell me how I can KNOW which update I have had applied last? I use a custom launcher, so, although I occasionally download updates, I'm not too sure whether they have been applied or not, and would like to know where, in the menus, I can see which update I am on?
    Thanks in advance!

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