On a side note: Gunslugs gameplay! Enjoy.
A very poorly done interview with no actual video of the console, just commentary about it. It's a terrible review with a negative outlook by the reviewer, but I thought I'd post it anyways.
On a side note: Gunslugs gameplay! Enjoy.
This is a good example of how OUYA are failing to get their message across. There are loads of reasons to like the OUYA, but clearly they are not being made, and the result is that it comes across in blogs and videos like this one as a bit "meh"
He lost me at "Put your cock on my shoulder".... And I wasn't too impressed before that. But, I will say one or two more things.
The argument that if you want to play with a "bud", you need to pay an extra $50. At least you HAVE that option, where I don't think you do if you are simply hooking up your tablet to the TV. Can anyone correct me on that? Can you do doubles playing on a tablet hooked up to the TV? Locally that is?
I guess it was just one more thing. Can't think of anything else at the moment.
there will be always haters of any console. look at the ps4 launch every one up in arms as Sony launch a product with showing the world what it look like. people bi*tched then the Xbox one launch wow miss direction by Microsoft that then read like you will have to pay for every thing.
here is a product that's free to mess with its not even on general release yet so how can some people judge it fairly.
cannot wait to get my teeth in to one.
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He danced around a pretty valid point without really hammering it home.
- Ouya's special because every title in it's smaller store is geared around needing a controller.
- As current android devs update their titles for ouya, and as new titles come out, they will naturally go back and update the version of their game on the play store to support controller as well.
- Because of this, the more popular ouya gets, the more games on the google play store will support controller, and the less relevant the console becomes.
- Good news for gamers who like controllers, but not terribly great news for ouya.
So really what does that mean? Well ouya could be a semi-successful niche device kept around for some of its 'consolish' niceties like a controller-driven launch menu. In that scenario it's still been rendered largely irrelevant by google play's massive selection including just about every game in the ouya store. It could cause a wave of popularity for controller support, but no matter what, google's shop will always have more controller-supported games. And that's the good scenario, where ouya doesn't just fizzle and die at the starting line. I'm fresh out of Ouya games to play--if this things going to take off into the 'irrelevant niche,' it better do it fast.
It might help if the Ouya platform maximized its 'consoleness' with features like a friend status/msg/taunt/score-share system or some other features that modern consoles tend to have, but tablets do not. The more it feels like a console, the bigger its niche gets.
Perhaps Ouya's entire future could be squished out by the google play store bothering to add a filter to only display controller-enabled games. Or maybe other ouya-centered side-loaded app stores will pop up and kill the main one. Or maybe we'll all be running community modded firmware or find some way to get apps from the play store. Or maybe somebody else will release another android console and fracture the tiny market. Lots could happen, and things that might be really good for us as gamers, might be pretty bad for Ouya's future.
Last edited by Reaperman; 06-03-2013 at 07:41 PM.
For one, it's not a well advertised feature. But as you say, the more people play with an OUYA or similar device, the more likely they will become aware they can do the same thing with a tablet.
The biggest thing though has to be convenience. Part of the point of a tablet is that it is mobile/portable. You can take it to the park on a warm sunny day or snuggle up with it in bed on a cold winter's night. When you have to keep plugging and unplugging it from the TV, it gets a bit onerous. Worse though is that you need to hold most controllers with two hands. That gets awkward unless you are sitting in front of the TV with the tablet connected. But most of the time you want to use the device, it's in places other than in the sitting room.
Sure you can get docking ports and all that, but it's an extra expense and an extra step effort wise. With an OUYA, you can plug it in once and forget about it, and that fits into the current setup most people have of a series of boxes under the TV
The other thing is the TV/lounge environment is different to the mobile / on the go, or the typical PC/desk setup people have. Once developers start to work out how to take advantage of that (and increasingly we're seeing them do that with local multiplayer games, but could also be with peripherals and motion controllers, or longer, more in-depth, immersive games that are in contrast to the time-filler 10-minute experience for the train to work). Then OUYA games will start to really differentiate themselves from their cousins on Google Play.
Slightly less likely, but still possible is that OUYA could also build itself as a place to find the latest interesting indie games or the go to place for the highest quality Android apps. That all takes time, as does the building up of a large user base and library of games
The other thing is that the OUYA is only meant to augment your existing gaming experience. It won't entirely occupy your time like a PC or one of the bigger consoles. For the first year or two, I think a lot of people will keep having this experience like you're having. Getting bored of the OUYA, putting it to one side, then a couple of months later, hearing about an interesting OUYA game, digging it out and having a blast for a while with all the new games that have come out for it. Then getting bored again or getting distracted by the latest AAA game to come out on PC/PS4/Xbone. Only to come back once you've got bored of that and are looking for something a bit different again