Ouya http://www.stuff.tv/ouya/videos en-GB Fully Charged: Ouya’s all-you-can-play plan rankles developers, Orkut cut by Google, and Yahoo saves Community from cancellation http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-ouya-s-all-you-can-play-plan-rankles-developers-orkut-cut-google-yahoo-saves-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your morning off with a quick-hit recap of the hottest news from the world of tech </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ouya" alt="Ouya" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ouya_2.jpg?1404204422" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ouya offers all-you-can-play plan, doesn’t get developers onboard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ouya may have pioneered the Android-based micro-console and made a sensational splash on Kickstarter, but it&rsquo;s failed to become a mainstream success&mdash;or much of a talking point amongst gamers since its somewhat fumbled launch last year.</p> <p>In an effort to shake up the narrative, Ouya announced today that it will launch an All-Access Pass that allows users the ability to download any of more than 800 games during a 12-month span for a one-time payment of US$59.99 (about &pound;35). Effectively, it&rsquo;s an &ldquo;all you can play&rdquo; approach that provides access to more than US$2000 worth of games for the year.</p> <p>However, <a href="https://twitter.com/retroremakes/status/483726324360839168">some developers claim</a> that they weren&rsquo;t properly briefed beforehand about such a major change in approach, being told it was a test run just hours before Ouya began selling and promoting the option. Ouya will still pay developers 70% of the full asking price for any downloaded games, and is surely within its rights to offer such an option so long as partners are properly compensated.</p> <p>However, adding a game to a subscription plan is a big perception shift for players&mdash;and not getting developers onboard for such a move is a mistake. Souring creators on a decidedly niche platform is hardly an advised way to build goodwill for continued support.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/30/5858508/ouya-all-access-pass">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ouya/review">Ouya review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s Orkut shutting down in September </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember Orkut? You&rsquo;d be forgiven if not&mdash;Google started the social network in 2004, but as Facebook and Twitter surged in popularity, it faded from view except in a few markets. More than half of its traffic recently emerged from Brazil, where Google moved the site&rsquo;s operations some years back.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s of little import for much longer, however, as Google announced yesterday that Orkut will shut down on 30 September. New accounts can no longer be opened, but anyone that wants to export their profiles, posts, and photos can do so through Google Takeout until September 2016. Farewell Orkut, and our condolences to anyone that sees this news as a serious blow.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://en.blog.orkut.com/2014/06/tchau-orkut.html">Orkut Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s-">Fully Charged:&nbsp;Facebook apologises for emotional manipulation, Eliss Infinity hits Android, and KORG&rsquo;s Nintendo 3DS synth</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Orkut" alt="Orkut" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/orkut.jpg?1404204422" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yahoo picks up sixth season of Community </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s a story that&rsquo;s as surprising for the show in question as it is the portal that picked it up. Community, the fan-favorite but low-rated American comedy series that&rsquo;s continually evaded the axe, will survive long enough to realize at least the first half of its &ldquo;six seasons and a movie&rdquo; mantra. And who is picking up that season? It&rsquo;s Yahoo, curiously enough.</p> <p>Indeed, Yahoo Screen will run a 13-episode sixth season of Community online starting this fall, with creator and executive producer Dan Harmon still running the ship and all of the recently active stars (including Joel McHale and Alison Brie) still attached. The actors&rsquo; deals were set to expire today, so this news coming down last night was truly a last-minute save.</p> <p>As The Verge points out, Yahoo Screen plans to start running original comedy series starting in 2015, so rescuing a beloved existing show seems like a smart way to start luring in a potential audience. Now, if this goes well, are they going to help foot the bill for the movie?</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140630006545/en/Cult-Fan-Favorite-“Community”-Create-Season-Yahoo#.U7InJdzhiCZ">Business Wire</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/30/5858810/community-renewed-for-sixth-season-on-yahoo">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-youtube-channels-we-d-be-happy-pay/news">5 YouTube channels we&rsquo;d be happy to pay for</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Community" alt="Community" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/community-yahoo.jpg?1404204422" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIFA 15 trailer shows off big visual upgrades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before the weekend, we got <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bbc/fully-charged-pacific-rim-2-coming-2017-youtube-adding-60fps-playback-and-bbc-showing-commonweal">our first look at Konami&rsquo;s Pro Evolution Soccer 2015</a>, the first series entry to make the new-gen leap, and&hellip; honestly, it didn&rsquo;t make much of an impression. That&rsquo;s due in large part to last year&rsquo;s excellent FIFA 14 already making a big splash, and EA Sports shows that the extra year on new hardware proves an even larger advantage with this new FIFA 15 trailer.</p> <p>This clip is all about visual enhancements, of which there are apparently many in the new game, including more realistic faces, player animations, and field degradation. Assuming the game actually looks this slick in motion&mdash;and it plays at least as strongly as it did last year&mdash;then footie fans will be in for a treat come September.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHxFOvEuELE">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mHxFOvEuELE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/fifa-15/fully-charged-ouya-s-all-you-can-play-plan-rankles-developers-orkut-cut-google-yahoo-saves-c#comments FIFA 15 Film and TV Gaming Google Ouya Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440598 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Is Ouya the next big thing in gaming? http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-ouya-next-best-thing-gaming/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ouya marks the dawn of a new breed of low cost Android consoles – but does the hugely successful Kickstarter project have what it takes to stand out in the gaming world? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Is Ouya the next best thing in gaming? " alt="Video: Is Ouya the next best thing in gaming? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-08-02%20at%2011.08.18.png?1398393219" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2579444776001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2579444776001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-ouya-next-best-thing-gaming/video#comments Android Games consoles Ouya Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:31:27 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1425250 at http://www.stuff.tv Ouya http://www.stuff.tv/android/ouya/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap, portable and hackable; Ouya could turn out to be nothing more than a Kickstarted flash in the pan, or it could turn the entire gaming world on its head </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/COMPOSITE_v02.jpg?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/guycocker" title="View user profile.">Guy Cocker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ouya gave the world a new kind of games console when it launched its phenomenally successful crowdfunding campaign in August 2012. With a tiny form factor, a cheap price tag and an open operating system, the company’s console was the complete antithesis to the po-faced Xbox and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-playstation-3-2012/review" target="_blank">PlayStation</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £99.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open-source approach </div> <div class="field-item even"> Everything&#039;s free to download and try </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Small, lightweight and cute </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gamepad is cheap and nasty </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some good games, but most are awful </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Store is messy and hides prices </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One cute cube </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ouya is tiny, like a Rubik’s Cube with a curved base. It weighs just 300g, making it the most portable home games console we’ve ever seen. It helps that it uses mobile hardware, including an Nvidia Tegra 3 graphics processor, and it ditches the disc drive for downloadable games and hard drive in favour of 8GB of flash storage.</p> <p>The console’s connections are simple; HDMI, ethernet, USB and a micro USB port. On the wireless front, there’s wi-fi internet and Bluetooth. It’s got everything you need, although you may want to buy a cheap USB hub if you plan on connecting more devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01614.JPG?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3084.JPG?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flawed controller </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ouya’s controller sadly isn’t quite as well designed as the console itself. The control sticks feel nice, a touch-sensitive pad allows you to navigate web pages, and it takes standard AA batteries. However, the shoulder buttons lack precision, the D-pad is unresponsive, and it generally feels cheap and plasticky. We found the standard wired Xbox 360 controller fared much better, and works with Ouya straight out of the box. The PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 controller also works if you prefer a wireless controller, but the Bluetooth setup takes a bit more time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3057.JPG?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3064.JPG?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN3050.JPG?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finding games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ouya’s store is basic, sporting only basic information about each game, the number of "likes" from the community, and some screen shots. The most frustrating feature, or lack of, is pricing, which isn’t revealed until you’ve downloaded and played each game. Final Fantasy III is US$15.99, for example, and all of the prices are in US dollars, even in the UK.</p> <p>The store is split up into different sections, highlighting journalist’s choices or particular genres, but the same games are recommended over and over. In short, the store is a bit of a mess that makes finding and downloading new games more chore than pleasurable jaunt through a digital sweet shop, and that's a great shame.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Discover%20game%20details1.png?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/discover1.png?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And storing them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Ouya’s 8GB of internal storage isn’t a lot, and we hit the storage limit quickly. As yet, there’s no way to expand the storage using external devices, although Ouya promises this feature in future. The interface doesn’t make it easy to delete content either; there’s no option to sort your games by size, or by games you’ve been playing the least. It’s another foible of a system that’s already pretty user unfriendly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Happy hacker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ouya actively encourages users to hack the device and load games and software not designed or approved for it. For the uninitiated, the process is called “sideloading”, and there are plenty of guides online to get you started if you want to go down that route. You can already play games such as Grand Theft Auto III, Jet Set Radio and Max Payne on the console, and install media players such as Netflix and XBMC. These programmes frequently crash or break, but they’re a sign that the Ouya community is dabbling in taking the device to some interesting places.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making devs of us all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every Ouya is also a development kit, allowing you to make your own games using a PC. Of course, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds – you’ll need to learn a little bit about programming – but to its credit Ouya makes everything as simple as possible. The <a href="https://www.ouya.tv/develop/" target="_blank">website includes all the software and documentation</a> you need to get started.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The selection of games and apps on Ouya at this stage is good, but not great. There are a few titles worth playing (see below), but the majority of games aren’t even worth the free download. It also bears mention that while Ouya runs on Android, its store is completely separate, so games you’ve bought on other Android devices won’t transfer over.</p> <p>One of the best games for showing off the Ouya's Nvidia Tegra 3 processor is Puddle THD. It’s a puzzle game in which you tilt the world to make a pool of water travel from the start to the finish. It looks great, the water physics are impressive, and the difficulty level feels perfect.</p> <p>Towerfall, meanwhile,&nbsp;is the closest thing Ouya has to a killer app, as it's both enjoyable and exclusive to the console. It’s a four-player action game with charming 8-bit visuals and a retro soundtrack. You and up to three friends have to shoot arrows at each other, while avoiding arrows and collecting power-ups. It's almost as much fun to watch as it is to play. Just remember you’ll need lots of PS3 controllers or wired Xbox pads and a USB hub to get all your mates involved.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CMYK_15.png?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Puddle%202.jpg?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/royal.png?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emulators </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of Ouya’s key selling points, at least for those who don’t mind a little bit of work, is its support for emulators, including consoles such as the SNES and N64. The emulators themselves are available for free from the Ouya store, but you’ll have to take care of acquiring the games, and the resulting moral and legal dilemmas, yourself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More than just games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We particularly like the suite of free apps and services already available on Ouya. <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/" target="_blank">Twitch.tv</a> is a live streaming service for gamers (most of whom seem to play Starcraft II), while <a href="http://tunein.com/" target="_blank">TuneIn</a> streams live radio from around the globe. <a href="http://www.plexapp.com/" target="_blank">Plex</a> is a media player that can pull content from a local server, and while it’s a little buggy, points to Ouya’s potential as a media centre.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Ouya_Menu_5%20-%20featuring%20Twitch.tv%20software.jpg?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tunein_0.jpg?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/plex_0.jpg?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ouya shouldn’t be thought of as an alternative to a console from Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft; the quality and breadth of games falls way short of the offerings on those machines. What it is, however, is an intriguing games console for those who want something they can hack and tinker with. Given the fan support Ouya has already gathered, it could soon flourish into a decent little games console and media player. It’s just not there just yet.</p> <p>So do you fancy joining the Ouya community and developing and hacking it to perfection? Or are you going to wait for the early adopters to make it better before taking the plunge? Let us know below.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OUYA-353_v02_0.jpg?1374508467" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s so far lacking mass appeal, but Ouya boasts some good games, great apps, and a following of people set to take it in interesting new directions</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Game on - read the Ouya review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the tiny Android cube square up to gaming giants? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ouya/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ouya/review#comments Android Games consoles Gaming Ouya Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:18:05 +0000 Tom Parsons 1424825 at http://www.stuff.tv