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OUYA Gets Hacked To Become A Handheld Gaming Device

We all know the OUYA to be an Android game console that needs to be hooked up to a TV in order for it to work. What if you wanted the device to become portable? You’d have to come up with a way to integrate a display and controller into it and make it run on batteries.


While there are more easier ways to get a portable Android gaming device such as by getting the NVIDIA Shield or the Archos GamePad one hacker has created a handheld OUYA gaming device. Ouyaboards member eucrow has taken apart the OUYA and added a display and a modified Xbox 360 controller to it.

“So a couple of years ago I worked on a handheld battery powered PC project that turned out to be a bit of a failure; it wouldn’t run for longer than 30mins.”

“So for a while now I’ve been wanting to go back and use those parts to create a handheld Ouya. I hesitate to call this guy a “portable” since its not THAT portable.”

“This is just my first stab at figuring out where all the components will go and all of my cables and leads are long. When I do one of these builds I usually keep everything long till i’m comfortable with where the components are. Also the screen is kind of mediocre, hopefully someone out there can get me a lead on a 7″-8″ screen that’s 720p or better with its own controller.”

The project is still a work in progress but it seems it can already boot up and display the home screen where games can be selected.

The next step to be done is to keep things tidy and to find a suitable case that can hold this modified device together.

OUYA Technical Specifications

  • Tegra 3 — Quad-core processor
  • 8 GB on-board flash
  • HDMI connection to the TV at 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11bgn
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • Wireless controller with 2.4Ghz RF
  • Standard game controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button)
  • Touchpad, for porting mobile games more easily
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Android 4.0
  • Custom TV UI
  • Integrated custom game store
  • Includes SDK for game development
  • Ability to root device without voiding warranty

via ouyaboards

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