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Learn whether or not your Ouya purchase will be worthwhile directly from those who know the system best: game developers.
Ouya development kits started shipping to developers about a month ago, and now that these programmers have had a bit of time to play around with the system, what do they think? Good question. We're not the only one who's asked.
Engadget posed this to a group of game developer, and here's what they said about the Kickstarter funded console.
"The OUYA is definitely an exciting piece of hardware as it's positively silly how quickly you can get something running on it," said Nathan Fouts of Mommy's Best Games, creators of 2D gems Shoot1UP and Explosionade. "This may be obvious for all Android mobile developers, but coming from a console background, I was really impressed with the accessibility and open aspects of the platform. In fact, the openness of the OUYA is definitely one of its strongest traits. From its ease of development, to how open the marketplace is supposed to be, I think it's a real delight. Getting Serious Sam Double D XXL through XBLA's Certification was brutal! I'm happy to release the game there, but it's a nice break to have fewer restrictions."
While most of the developers have good things to say about the system, many of them have some reservations as well.
Jerrod Putman from Tiny Tim Games, creators of Sheepstacker and Word Monkey said, "The disadvantage of the hardware is the passage of time. The Tegra 3 chipset inside is powerful enough to push a lot of polys around and it can even handle a fair amount of pixel shaders, but there are already mobile chipsets being introduced that will surpass it easily. But this is just par for the course for consoles, and over time developers should be able to push the boundaries of what the chip is able to do."
There you have it. Some good. Some bad. But only time will tell if the good outweighs the bad and the Ouya proves successful.
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The Ouya is not going to be for averyone. But it's a niche product, so you have to expect that. Just like all those android based portables made in china. But there are enough cheapskate and hackers in the world that this will sell.
PS4 and the next Xbox will be insanely powerful, that is true. But the question now is, what do people want more? Power or a good value. By this holiday, the Ouya will be a no-brainer as a stocking stuffer. At $99, it's just too good and too easy to pass. Not even tablets are that cheap. Not any good ones at least. If low-prices and shovelware worked for the Wii, it can work for Ouya. Some of you forget, Carnival Games on Wii was #1 for how long???
I want my macho man edition. OOHH YEAAA!
Thats awesome, I a actually want to get the OUYA.
I think what the Ouya will be is a place for Indie developers to put a game and not worry about a platform like Android Mobile where they're dealing with different Hardware, Screen sizes, and OS's. This will be a nice simple place to get a game kicked off and not worry about ridiculous restrictions and large start up funds.
So, the tech will be old soon huh? Like with everything. This was a stupid "bad" of the Ouya console. Every console is behind the times after a year or two. The developers need to learn how to maximize the console. Look at the 360. I couldn't believe the graphics of Halo 4 were even possible on the 360. Sony was able to do the same thing with GOW 2 for the PS2. I think it will do great. They just need to make sure that people know about it.
Only get this thing if you want a lot of cheap games. For serious console gaming it just won't be good enough. It's a mobile games console.
I think the games aren't eye-openers.
I was interested at first But I've decided to slow down during next-gen and just get Xbox 3 OR PS4 and Valve's console instead of ALL consoles/tons of accessories and handhelds as I did this gen.
For mobile games I'll just be using my iPad.
Hmmm... I hope you do well, Ouya.
I think it's odd that people are selling this thing too short. I think it's a great platform for indie developers and I expect to see some great games that will be influenced by the old consoles.
I hope it does well. With how high the prices are for consoles now (even the handheld ones), I could see this doing well. Hopefully the software for it is really good & has exclusives for it. And developers continue to develop good software for it.
Hopefully, companies aren't forced into weird pricing issues and that they don't just make games that are meant for your phone on it. This thing needs a reason to be a console instead of just phone games on a big screen.
If done well, this console could be the perfect platform to show that graphics isn't the major factor in making great games.
Meh. I'm on the fence. I want actual empirical evidence of games avail, ease of access, playability, etc. etc.
I hope it does alright since I decided to contribute to the Kickstarter.