Ouya Gaming Console Will Be A Big Disappointment To Many People

Posted on Oct 26 2012 - 1:29pm by Brad Ward

I’m a fanatic when it comes to PC games. I love all of the new releases and constantly play the ones that are dear to me, such as Skyrim. That said, I wasn’t very huge on Android games at all. There were a few I liked, but not a whole lot. I think playing virtual chess with someone across the world was probably one of my favorite games, and most frustrating since I swear I kept playing wizards who knew my every thought. As of late though, I have been increasingly falling in love with Android games. Keep in mind, PC games will always be for me, there is no way that Android could ever take that place away. Android games aren’t even up to par with PC games yet, but they definitely are getting there.

I don’t “hate” Zynga, but I definitely dislike the games that they produce. I have never in my life found that I wanted to simulate my own farm or city virtually. I’ve come to be “okay” with Zynga now though. How did I come to that point though? One simple word: Horn. I have never been one to play Android games religiously, but Horn was definitely one of my favorites. The graphics from when I last played an Android game have improved drastically. I was never into games that were basically using Flash. I just don’t really like those games. After I got my Transformer Pad TF300T though, I started discovering that people were actually using the Unreal Engine to create games on Android through NVIDIA’s TegraZone. This is where I found games like The Bard’s Tale, Renaissance and etc. Since I have found the TegraZone, playing Android games have been a rather common thing for me.

All of that said, the quality in Android games have improved pretty drastically, and frankly, some of these games have been amazing. Now, because their overall quality is improving, I think the Ouya is going to be a huge success, but also a huge disappointment. I do not think it is going to be a huge disappointment because of the games. I think it is going to be a huge disappointment because the community surrounding consoles right now are wanting the next big thing. They want next-gen hardware in their consoles. What I am afraid of, is that people are going to be putting all of their money behind the Ouya hoping for the next best thing and will be utterly disappointed when they do not see next-gen hardware in the console.

The games the Ouya is going to have is going to be perfectly fine in terms of quality. At least, I think they’ll be perfectly fine, you may think otherwise. It depends on your preferences I guess. I may favor gameplay over graphics and you may favor graphics over gameplay and etc.

In summary, I think that the Ouya will be a big disappointment to gamers because they are looking for next-gen hardware and it just isn’t out yet. The Xbox “720” is rumored to be slated for a Fall of 2013 release, and that’s really all the information we have on next-gen technology. The Ouya isn’t next-gen and I am afraid that people are going to look at it that way.

Do you agree, or do you think that people putting their money behind it knows perfectly well what this is going to be?

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Residing in Eastern Michigan, Brad is a lover of all-things Android. Technology has always been a fascination for Brad, which has led to an interesting in writing. His first phone was the Motorola Atrix 2. He currently works at The Droid Guy and enjoys gaming, weightlifting, reading, creating ideas and watching start ups.

  • Bilbo

    Your expectations will largely determine if you’re disappointed or not.

    Ouya games will look great compared to most of the phones out today. They’ll look better than Wii games. They will look both better and worse than PS2 & Xbox games. Better in that they’ll be higher resolution but with less special effects like shaders, lighting and the number of polygons it can push.

    Personally, I am super excited to have a an official controller for Android games. This alone will spawn a whole new industry of controller based gaming on Android – which is fantastic for everyone.

    I for one won’t be disappointed. April 2013 can’t come soon enough!!!

  • Brad

    I’m excited for the Ouya and can’t wait to see what it can do. Like you said (and like I said in the article), it is basically going to be based off of your expectations.

  • Andy Roid

    OUYA as of RIGHT NOW, is all smoke, mirrors, and a great marketing video. The so called “dash board” video is questionable. The pictures showed online are all C.G. Yes, the ones of the console and controller… all shopped images. The mother board shown in a video is nothing more than the guts of something else. Something with three usb ports…. it started out as an idea, and OUYA has produced NOTHING to ANYONE in public view to say “this is is..here ya go, play with it. It’s a rough draft, but go ahead and touch it and play”. I for one am a skeptic. A disbeliever I am. If it IS a reality, IU will buy one for me, and a few for my little nephews. I have emailed the “info” email for OUYA and asked for more “actual proof of concept”….that was last week. no response.

    Seriously folks, go back to ouya.tv, look closely at the information. NOTHING shows ANYTHING for the actual console, or games running on “OUYA” . It’s a concept. They banked near 10 million dollars, and now have to shit a console, and business model. I would not be surprised if it never materializes.

  • Dude

    I kind of feel blog writers will be more disappointed that their ill fated predictions have failed. The next big thing? The next big thing is already on the Ouya. Cloud gaming. Brought to you by Onlive. Games more powerful than what can be created for the xbos 1080 can be put on the cloud. The cloud is expected to take over gaming. Sony is taking that bet. Cable companies and their competition are taking that bet. Blog writers are ignoring that bet. You also interestingly ignore companies like zynga and android and mobile gaming. The groups that are currently killing sony, nintendo, and microsoft. Look at the community surrounding it? Ok do we include Gamestop who has stated an interest in it?

  • anon

    Honestly, I don’t care about gfx that much. Gameplay is what counts. If the Ouya inspires enough indies to create great content, then I’ll call it a success.

  • Drubie87

    I think that people who pay $99 for a system can understand it doesn’t have next gen specs.

    Although, because Android is a pretty flexible operating system they could release a new Ouya every year and improve its specs. I even imagine that making games to run on multiple Ouya models wouldn’t be too hard.

    Devs already do it with the various iPhone models.

  • Kosmoscanyon

    @Brad
    * Tell me what “next-gen hardware” consoles you can buy for $99 that match the specs of the Ouya?
    * Have you even played Onlive before? The games play better then my pc specs are capable and its free to try.
    * Android games? You may want to be specific which of the Ouya platform games you dislike. I’ve watched them all on youtube and can assure you they will give the wii a run for its money.
    * You left out the fact that all games will be free to try. How many times have you bought a $50 game and played it for less then a week because it wasn’t what you thought it would be. Why not let the addiction to gameplay lead your purchasing decisions from now on.
    * Cost of games will not have to be $50. Many Indie games will be under $10 that will be the best games anyone has ever experienced.

    So I hope you see now that your arguments are unnecessary and irrelevant to the facts.

  • Zeal0t

    Forgive me if I am wrong, but didn’t OnLive go bankrupt a few months after signing that deal with Ouya? Other than that I agree that cloud gaming is perfect for mobile and less powerful devices since it practically allows for the same level of fidelity in the gaming experience.

  • Andy Roid

    will someone please post a link to where I can see an ACTUAL game running on an ACTUAL OUYA console? (Please dont use anything from the OUYA site ) Do you have a dev console / hardware kit? I would really LOVE to see ONE single game, load up and play on an actual OUYA console, with an OUYA controller, and not a PS3 controller. They dont exist ( games or consoles )…. Show me.

  • Person

    The dev kit has not yet been release yet. Those should be arriving to the developers who pre-ordered in december.

  • Kosmoscanyon

    @AndRoid
    That’s like asking Sony to show you their latest gaming system before they reveal it to the media at Electronic Entertainment Expo. Why can’t you just become a developer for it? Otherwise wait patiently in the back of the line like the rest of the little children.

    ##UPDATE##
    http://www.ouya.tv/blog/ has released the first hardware mug shot, you can get a sense for the size by looking at it next to the japcan.

  • Natanael

    They respawned with a different ownership structure, AFAIK. Only parts of the original staff is still there.

  • Dave Fish

    Anyone paying $99 for a tiny console from an unknown manufacturer whose number one selling point is “Free games”, and expecting next-gen graphics is a moron, and deserves to be disappointed.

  • Skunk Shampoo

    I can not imagine people will expect next gen graphics from the OUYA. Those looking for next gen are looking at the next consoles from the big companies.

  • Red

    The rumored X-BOX ‘720’ is not the only next-gen system. Hello, the Wii U! The Ouya looks OK, but really, if all you want is Android games, play them on an Android phone or something, I don’t see the point.