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    The OUYA FAQ

    WELCOME TO OUR FAQ!
    This is a work in progress so please let us know if you know a common question that isn't being answered or redirected from here - and do so in THIS thread instead of this one. The plan is to keep the FAQ as tidy and discussion free as possible.

    1. BASICS

    1.1 About OUYA
    1.1.1 What is OUYA?
    1.1.2 What are OUYA's technical specifications?
    1.1.3 How do you pronounce OUYA?
    1.1.4 What resolutions does OUYA support?
    1.1.5 Can I play games purchased from the Google Play Store on OUYA?
    1.2 OUYA Accounts
    1.2.1 How can I reset my OUYA password?
    1.2.2 How can I change my OUYA username?
    1.3 About the forum
    1.3.1 I'm new here, where do I start?
    1.3.2 Where are the rules?


    2. HARDWARE

    2.1 Ouya
    2.1.1 Disassembly - what do I have to know and which tools are needed?
    2.1.2 I think my fan needs replacement!
    2.2 Peripherals
    2.2.1 My controller sometimes loses its connection with the OUYA!
    2.2.2 My third party controller doesn't seem to work!
    2.2.3 Why can't I run my applications and games from an external hard drive?


    3. SOFTWARE

    3.1 OS
    3.1.1 The console turns on by itself!
    3.1.2 Can I disable the forced system updates?
    3.1.3 Where do my failed downloads go?
    3.1.4 Can I use a different launcher?
    3.1.5 How do I root my OUYA?
    3.1.6 Can I run Flash on OUYA?
    3.2 Apps
    3.2.1 I'm having problems with my emulator
    3.2.2 Which apps are available in the OUYA Store?
    3.3 Side loading
    3.3.1 What can I sideload?
    3.3.2 How do I get Dead Trigger to work?
    3.3.3 How do I get Gameloft games to work?
    3.3.4 How do I get XBMC to work on OUYA?
    3.4 Games
    3.4.1 What do the games cost?
    3.4.2 What games are coming to OUYA?
    3.4.3 Which games are available in the OUYA Store?
    3.4.4 Does OUYA come with any pre-intalled games?
    Last edited by Starfighter; 07-30-2013 at 05:42 PM.
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    What is OUYA?

    The OUYA is a gaming console made by Boxer8.
    It was initially funded on Kickstarter and officially released on June 25th 2013.
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    What are OUYA's technical specifications?

    The OUYA runs Android 4.1 Jellybean on an NVidia Tegra 3 (1.7GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU) with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory.
    It supports 720p and 1080p output resolutions via HDMI connection.
    It also has a USB 2.0, a Micro-USB, an Ethernet and AC Power port.
    The OUYA supports Bluetooth LE 4.0 for controller pairing and Wi-Fi/Ethernet for internet access.
    The console is a box of 82x75x75 mm or 3.23”x2.95”x2.95”, the longer dimension is the height.
    The controller pairs to the console via Bluetooth, is powered by 2 AA batteries and has many inputs including:

    • 4 O, U, Y, A buttons
    • A d-pad
    • 2 triggers (L1/R1)
    • 2 bumpers (L2/R2)
    • 1 OUYA menu button
    • 2 analog sticks that can be also clicked as buttons (L3/R3)
    • A touchpad which serves as a mouse and also can be used to "click"


    Up to 4 controllers are supported at once
    Last edited by Starfighter; 07-28-2013 at 12:01 PM.
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    I'm new here, where do I start?

    A good place to start is to introduce yourself in this thread!
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    Where are the rules?

    They can be found here!
    Last edited by Starfighter; 08-02-2013 at 05:52 PM.
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    Disassembly - what do I have to know and which tools are needed?

    You will need a 2 mm Hex screwdriver and a philips #1 screwdriver. Here's a teardown of the console so you'll know what it concists of beforehand.
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    I think my fan needs replacement!

    You can read about fan replacements in this thread!
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    My controller sometimes loses its connection with the OUYA!

    It can help to put the console on its side so that the top button is facing you. Read more about this problem in this thread.
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    My third party controller doesn't seem to work!

    For an ever growing list of which third party controllers work and not - see this thread!
    Last edited by Starfighter; 07-27-2013 at 07:19 PM.
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    Why can't I run my applications and games from an external hard drive?

    This has yet to be implemented in OUYA's official launcher.

    Edit: This has been implemented and you should be able to run your applications and games just fine from an external hard drive. Most brands of hard drives should work as long as you have formatted it correctly. OUYA supports the following formats:

    • NTFS
    • FAT32
    • ext4
    Last edited by Starfighter; 02-10-2014 at 07:59 PM.
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