Although I’d heard of the Ouya and looked at the various reviews etc I’d not contemplated getting one just yet but as I stopped by to pickup the latest Retro Gamer magazine I popped into the next store for a looksee as they had a giant Ouya poster in the window.
Sadly no demo model to have a play around on and on the Ouya shelves, all was bare apart from one. The chap behind the counter says that they didn’t have a massive amount to sell at launch but what stock they did have were brought pretty much within a few hours. This last one was another batch of stock and I thought, what the heck and ponied it for it.
I’ve read quite a bit about the poor build quality on the joypad with various bits being a bit on the rough side. Mine seems ok but would have to agree that the shoulder buttons are a bit flimsy.
The little trackpad is very sensitive but once you get used to it it becomes very handy when you need to navigate without keyboard and mouse.
I’ve not had a great deal of time with my Ouya today but setup was really simple. Plug in, detect wireless network, setup account, receive a few updates, reboot and game away.
Of the all the apps, the first place I went too, being a retro gamer, was of course the emulators. Once installed, you just browse to your rom location and off you go – the Ouya only has a measly 8gb of onboard storage, so dumping Roms onto a fat USB stick is advisable.
This thing certainly handles emulation of a wide range of systems without breaking a sweat and having analogue, digital and enough fire buttons on hand means that you can set up the controller to your liking. The PSX emulation is surprisingly nippy!
As far as the Ouya game store, I’ve only tried firm favourite Canabalt, which looks stunning in 1080HD and the rather funky twin stick music blaster Dub War.
Sadly, and rather disappointing, is the Pinball arcade. Here I was hoping to swap my ipad for large screen versions of classic pinball tables but there’s so much lag and poor framerate it’s just horrendous. Lets hope there’s a proper Ouya version to come out soon.
Lastly, I side loaded XBMC, pointed it at my NAS and let it scrape all my movie. It works perfectly on the Ouya with no audio/video issues whatsoever. Maybe this little box of tricks will replace my PC based media centre.
It’s still early days but so far it’s been fun to play around with this little box.