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If you could pay a flat fee for all-you-can-eat games on Android, would you? OUYA is hoping that the answer is yes, because the creators of the prototypical Android micro-console are now offering just such a service. OUYA owners can now purchase the $59.99 OUYA All-Access Pass from the website, which includes free access to "over 800" paid games and in-app purchases. OUYA claims this is an "over $2000 value," though a full list of the included apps and IAPs is not published.

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Gamasutra got a look at All-Access earlier today, revealing that it's a fairly experimental service being offered only to some OUYA developers. This program will only include games from developers that opt-in  - at least some games would continue to be "paid" even for subscribers. And naturally, as soon as your subscription runs out, you'll lose access to the games that you "bought." There's another interesting tidbit: the service will include at least some free access to in-app purchases. According to OUYA site text, "unlock" or "premium" IAPs will be included for subscribers. For example: an OUYA subscriber who downloaded a free game would automatically unlock the "Ad free" or "all levels unlocked" IAP. Consumable items, like in-app currency, ammunition, or extra lives, will not be covered.

The developers who have been chosen to participate will be paid by OUYA for every game download and IAP, regardless of whether it was from a standard OUYA user or a subscription customer. The usual 70/30 split for the developer and platform applies. OUYA is instructing developers not to change the price of their apps or in-app purchases while participating in the program, at least not without consulting them. There's a $30 limit for individual purchases.

Whether or not the All-Access subscription will stick around is hard to say, because OUYA told its developers that this is a "very limited test," and the promotional page says that it is a "limited time and quantity." If the program is successful, we should see a wider rollout and more marketing in the next few months.

So, any takers?

Source: OUYA via Gamasutra

Michael Crider
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  • David Margolin

    Next thing you know, they will offer me a week trial and let me upload games to the cloud for use with all of my devices (maximum of 10).

  • jonathan3579

    I don't see this taking off.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    I think they should lock down their developer pricing while opted in to the program. Some lazy dev could simply up the price of their app to some crazy amount and wait for people to download their games while on subscription and rake in cash. Simply asking people to "be nice" isn't a smart business move.

  • Bob Hart

    When I see an asterisk it means read the fine print carefully.

    Not a good deal here.

  • SamuraiCER

    Why pay $60 for a service like this. OUYA really missed the price point with this one, considering that you can get a year of PSN+ for $50 dollars. I mean it's not really a lot for the content that you do get.

  • Davis Hernandez

    60 bucks really? lol i can get more games in the play store when they are in discount for cheaper and still get more games than those included in this "season pass" also, lol who wuold do this when android tv consoles running tegra k1 are right around the corner...

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    a copy of ps+ instant game collection....but nowhere near as games packed or robust.....

  • nxtiak

    Kill this thing already.

  • GazaIan

    As an OUYA owner, this isn't worth it. It wasn't long before I installed CyanogenMod 11 and just used the Play Store. There isn't even $60 worth of good stuff. All I use my OUYA for is emulation, XBMC, and OnLive game streaming, which works pretty well on that awful WiFi connection.

    • primalxconvoy

      I think the idea is absolutely brilliant, especially if it was Google Play or Sony's new service. It would also be great if it was bundled with a brand new Ouya/Mojo (with controllers that worked!)

      However, as the quality of games for just the Ouya shop is spotty, controller support is iffy and there doesn't really seem to be any discourse or warning about Ouya's decisions with even hardcore fans, then I'd personally avoid this as it's really not worth it.

      Ouya is great at being a small, bespoke online shop for certain types of games (providing your device of choice works) and a piece of hardware for emulators and xbmc.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Ouya, like Pebble, was an innovator in it's market niche. Why did it become so boring? How no one berates Pebble that way?

  • MadFerret9

    I don't really think this is a deal either.. even though I am an avid Ouya user. I've already purchased the stand-out games I liked.