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Ouya consoles start shipping to developers, first official unboxing reveals all its secrets

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Ouya consoles start shipping to developers, first official unboxing reveals all its secrets
The Ouya Android game console was a thrilling concept when it first appeared on Kickstarter months ago, and since then the project has gotten massive multi-million funding and is much closer to release.

An affordable game console, the Ouya came with the promise of being an open platform for game development and a herald of change. And now, the first 1,200 Ouya developer edition consoles just got shipped to developers across the globe.

As exciting as this is, even more exciting is the fact that the console got an official unboxing from its very makers, and the developer edition looks gorgeous. A translucent, Rubik cube-sized box with all kinds of connectivity and two gamepads, along with a set of cords is what is inside the box.

The console is made to be open and the controllers are meant to be fully customizable and can easily change from the translucent plastic to another body. You connect the Ouya to your HD TV via HDMI, and there’s also a microUSB port for easily hooking it up with your computer. Check out the official unboxing right below.

source: Ouya via Engadget

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posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:01

1. saied (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

Isn't Tegra 3 a little hopeless for a Game console?
and why using a low consumption chip on a Console?

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 05:18 5

6. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

It's not necessarily built for ultra high performance, it's not meant to compete with the 360 or PS3, it's to have a $99 console that still delivers decent performance.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 05:26 3

7. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

its for android games so it should be fine, but hopefully it'll use a tegra 4 for the production model which has 6x the graphics of tegra 3 apparently

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 10:47

10. saied (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

they wont use tegra 4.It'll be too expensive

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 18:48

13. linneti15 (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

tegra 3 was the cheapest quad core from 2012, tegra 4 shouldn't be much different. And processing power/graphical performance would have to be of utmost priority for ouya. Tegra 4 would be ideal with tegra zone games

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:03

2. MeoCao (unregistered)

The difference in build quality between the initial design and actual product is just too big.

in the first there's aluminum and premium feel is overwhelming, actual product looks like toys and decidedly underwhelming.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 05:16 4

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

They said in the video those weren't the final product materials that were going to be used... This is just sort of a prototype for devs to mess with, not the actual thing

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:23 1

3. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

This design..OMG.
It's revolutionary approach to a home entertainment device.
Nintendo Wii U looks like the least imaginative piece of plastic next to this

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:31 1

4. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)

Because of smartphones and tablets, improvement in game graphics have basically stagnated. Neither the gameplay and story have improved any better than old era games. It seems raytracing and such will take decades to come to be implemented on games.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 07:05

8. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

So wait, she said there are no games avaliable for the console as of yet, does this mean it isnt actually running proper android with the playstore or what???

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 07:13

9. emdot82 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

I like the concept of outs but I feel like it needs a name change

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 13:37

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 5008; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

What would you call it?

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 11:13

11. bluexperia (Posts: 41; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

in my opinion, i think its better to separate the cpu and gpu differently like pc but still, in a small package like this as smartphone technology nowadays is rapidly growing. using cpu and gpu exactly like a smartphone one will shorten the lifespan of ouya since it will be playing android games which adapted from android smartphone. games developers are constantly building games more graphic intense as new processor invented. therefore, i would suggest that it ouya should produced its own powerful processor (with arm based architechture) and a separate also powerful graphic processing units and also, user friendly motherboard so that it should extend the lifespan of it for 2-3 years (rather than 6 months like the rate of new technology for smartphones) and make it easier to change the hardware like a pc..

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