What We Don't Like About The Ouya
The Ouya controller. Simply put, it is created to represent a hybrid form of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controller. Similar aesthetics aside, the Ouya controller lacks severely when it comes to usability. There are moments when you've sync'd it to the system and it mysteriously times out. Sometimes it syncs automatically without you even pressing the button. The D-pad is incredibly stiff, making 2-D shooters Astro Fighter Alpha or Avoid This Asteroid! hard to play. The triggers are also placed on the controller awkwardly, leaving your fingers worst for the wear when playing Beast Boxing Turbo.
While the Ouya does allow you to sync other devices like your iPhone (or Android smartphone), Xbox 360 or PS3 controllers to the console, if the Ouya is your first gaming system then you'll be left with minimum options. All in all, these issues result in a consistently frustrating experience to use. An even more annoying issue is a bug that causes the Ouya to turn back on after being placed on standby. Add to that the finicky issues with loading content, restarting downloads, the lack of a friend's list or leader board hurt the Ouya chances of being a choice home console greatly.
As this is the first iteration of a planned attack at the three big boys in the gaming industry, the Ouya's intention is smudged by glaring technical flaws. In regards to the games, there is no must-have exclusive for the console to rest its hat on. As other parties begin to take interest in the gaming marketplace and its potential, the Ouya has the potential to smooth out any rough edges created by the 1.0 version. In the end, the Ouya presents a new opportunity for independent developers, gamers and the technorati to play "alpha" titles, develop and upgrade them at a moments whim.
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The Ouya is available now for $99. The Walking Dead and the 400 Days DLC doesn't have an exact date or pricing details released yet. Expect the first episode to be available for free though.