Ouya Game Console

The Good The Ouya works as an unfiltered indie game repository, and at $99, is a cheap investment. Its free-to-try model for games allows you to assay before you pay.

The Bad The console has a cheap controller, unstable software, lacks compelling games, has a dearth of useful media apps, and low graphics performance.

The Bottom Line Despite its low price and free-to-try system, the Ouya fails to reach its potential as a disruptive alternative platform.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 6.0
5.7 Overall

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Review

Huge disruptive potential not yet realized

If you’ve come here wondering whether you should buy the Ouya, let me answer that straight away: no, you shouldn’t. At least not yet.

Instead, let the hacker-types, tinkerers, and the extreme hard-core gamers be the guinea pigs for the Android-based console, because it currently needs all the testing it can get.

With any luck over the next six months, the Ouya's software library will grow to a much more compelling state, bugs will get fixed, the interface will have much-needed features added, and native nongaming content will be released. Harder to address will be the cheap controller and underpowered system architecture, however.

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  • MSRP $100
  • Brand Ouya
  • Name OUYA
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