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OUYA changes controller based on user feedback

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OUYA changes controller based on user feedback
The OUYA Android gaming console has been in the hands of developers for almost a month, and we're seeing the first changes from the feedback that the team has gotten from the developers. The first set of changes has come to the hardware, surprisingly. The controller to be specific. Apparently, the OUYA team got quite a lot of emails from developers complaining about certain features of the controller, so changes have been made.

OUYA changes controller based on user feedback
The big change is to the directional pad. On the original controller (which you can sort of see in the title image of this article), the directional pad was a flat disc, which has never been a popular design, because it makes it harder to accurately press the various directions. So, the team has heeded the feedback, and changed the design to a more widely-accepted cross style d-pad. 

There have been a number of other changes to the controller as well. The thumbsticks have been given rubberized tops for better traction/grip. The touchpad has been made more responsive. The shoulder triggers have been made more flush with the body of the controller. And, the battery door has been made to fit more tightly. 

Not a bad set of fixes. It should be interesting to see what other changes are made before the console hits regular customers. Those shipments are still due to start in March for Kickstarter backers, and April for those who purchased through the OUYA website. 

source: OUYA

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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 21:54 1

1. Gemmol (Posts: 535; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


no bueno

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 22:21 2

3. dorianb (Posts: 385; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Should bought/kicked in on a DEV Unit so your opinion could of been noted. Too bad.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 22:08 2

2. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


XBOXY to me, and thats not a bad thing.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 00:26 1

4. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


April? I think I'll wait for something better, by than Tegra 3 might be a little old

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 00:45

5. chasetorres125 (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Shield...thats the killer hmmmmn.very nice project ouya but will be outdated before its released,... Project shield tegra 4 handheld/TV out too....i guess the low price could be the savior of ouya if they price it low

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 03:08

6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


It is priced quite low: $99 the console with a controller, $30 for an extra controller.

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