Ouya reviews begin: first impressions highlight key issues

Friday, 5th April 2013 11:32 GMT By Dave Cook

Ouya console reviews have begun creeping on to the internet, but the news so far hasn’t been too positive. Still, it’s early days yet and Ouya’s CEO Julie Uhrman has described the first wave of Kickstarter consoles as a preview period while the team refines the format.

Gi.Biz has corralled early Ouya reviews into a single report which you can read here.

Both Engadget and The Verge have offered up their own appraisals, in which both sites point to controller lag as a pertinent issue, while the console’s Android interface is said to bear several poor design choices and missing features.

The console’s marketplace of 104 games is also said to be quite uninspiring, and that you can’t see how much a game costs until you download and start playing it for free. The Verge rated the console 3.5/10 and suggests that while Ouya needs top IP to call its own, the reviewer did praise how easily it could be hacked, making for a relatively open platform.

Read above and let us know what you think below.



  1. Fin


    #1 2 years ago
  2. pukem0n

    its smartphone games for the TV.

    how could this be anything else than a flop?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. frostquake

    Still better then the WiiU…Oh Snap…Let the Hate Troll Spam Fry!! LOL
    wink wink….I can hear the sizzle that Spam Frying or is it the Brow Hate Sweat….LOL..any excuse to use Sizzle and Spam…Mmmmm Sizzle Spam!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. melonbuster1

    Crap. . Next up in the crap contest steambox… look your waiting f or Ps4 or Xbox720. Nothing else matters really. Hell even the mighty pc needs them

    #4 2 years ago
  5. SlayerGT

    What a waste of kickstarter moneys.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    ^ Spot on, Slayer. Spot. On.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. viralshag

    What was the minimum people had to give to get a console?

    I’m curious to know if the “first wave of Kickstarter consoles” would be replaced for those suckers if they upgrade any of the hardware.

    I would hate to be an early investor and end up with an inferior product.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. friendlydave

    Oh dear, If they end up really cheap I might buy one just to have.

    @7 $95 was the lowest tier to get an Ouya.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @8, Cheers. That’s not too bad but too much for me to gamble on hardware.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. redwood

    it has a tegra 3 in it… which is much slower than the current tegra 4. I havn’t read up much on this whole thing so excuse me if I am wrong, but the jump from tegra 3 to tegra 4 was reallly large.. so yeah, i think the kickstarter guys who supported it were too optimistic . Anyhow.. it’s the games that are gonna make or break it, it needs exclusives and success stories ASAP.. without that it’s gonna sink..

    #10 2 years ago
  11. HighWindXIX

    Its smart phone games on a TV. Who wants that?

    #11 2 years ago

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