The lights are on
When the Ouya Kickstarter was revealed, the Android console immediately gained traction thanks to its open-source nature and reasonable $99 price tag. Now that the system is out, graphics firm Futuremark ran a benchmark test on the new device and discovered its innards are a generation old.
The tests earned the Ouya spot 73 of 257 on the company’s list of most-powerful Android devices. It outperformed the Nexus 7 tablet, but couldn’t keep up with newer phones the Nexus 4 or Samsung Galaxy S IV. Worth noting is the price difference – those phones cost upwards of $300 compared to the Ouya’s humble $99 asking price.
Check out Futuremark’s video below to see the Ouya benchmark test in progress.
What this means for gamers is that the Ouya isn’t as powerful as new telephones or tablets, but it can still capably run the variety of software available for Android device. A question worth asking is how long will the Ouya stay relevant compared to other gaming consoles?
Kickstarter backers have already begun receiving their consoles. The Ouya is scheduled to launch for $99 on June 4, appearing at physical retail stores like Best Buy and GameStop as well as online retailers like Amazon.
A couple weeks ago we asked readers whether they were interested in the Ouya. Responses were mixed, but does knowing the systems innards are a generation old change anything?
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Honestly, I never thought tat the Ouya would gain much support. I believe, although I don't want it to be true, that the Ouya will be looked upon in the future as a console flop and that it won't get its money's worth. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I know that I won't be buying the Ouya.
Have to remember that a generation in mobile platform terms is MUCH smaller than in others. Tech changes every 4-6 months!
I wish it well, but I've never been much of a mobile gamer, so I'm not very interested in buying the Ouya.
Don't want to be pessimist but I think this thing will die fast. In a year where everyone's attention is focused on next gen consoles, releasing something that's weaker than a few smartphones is not a good idea. Sure, they will say they are aiming for a niche market, but the truth is that everyone wants to sell their products and make money.