Ouya No Longer Requires Game Developers To Offer Free-To-Try Games

Ouya recently announced a new policy that will allow game developers more freedom in creating games for the company’s Android game console. Previously, game developers were required to offer free-to-try versions of the games that they released for the Ouya. A new policy now no longer requires this, which means that developers may or may not include a free demo of their games.

The company announced in its blog post that “In the coming weeks, we’re going to let devs choose if they want to charge up front for their games. Now they’ll be able to choose between a free-to-try or paid model.”

“When we started OUYA, we originally decided against this. Free to Try seemed like an obvious choice for an open platform. We knew it appealed to gamers, but it turned out many devs had trouble meeting the requirement, didn’t want to make a demo, or weren’t sure how to monetize their game.”

Ouya says that developers were citing several issues such as budget, creative direction, and lack of interest in creating demo content. The company has listened to the devs and came up with this solution. Hopefully with this new policy more game developers will bring their titles to the Ouya.

Just recently the company also announced its Ouya Everywhere initiative that allows its platform to be used by other devices. This will allow customers to get the Ouya experience even if they do not have an Ouya device.

If you are a gamer interested in playing Android games then you might want to check out the Ouya which only costs $99.

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
  • Enclosure opens with standard screws


  • 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
  • Enclosure opens with standard screws


  • Android 4.0
  • Custom TV UI
  • Integrated custom game store — find and download games (and other apps)
  • Includes SDK for game development
  • Ability to root device without voiding warranty

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