OUYA’s main enzyme is the community, so it is not surprising to see them put this much effort into it. The $99 Android console will be launching this June, giving us about 2 months until its official release. Of course, the console/platform is not perfect, so they are listening to the community and asking for its help.
For example, early units were facing a small problem that annoyed many backers. The battery covers in the front of the controller kept falling off during shipping. We thought this was done intentionally, as you can see in our unboxing video.
Our first idea was that the company wanted to show users where batteries went (in the controller handles). Turns out this is a slight manufacturing mistake and they are thinking of adding extra magnets to make the product stronger and keep everything in place.
We are seeing the very first iteration of OUYA’s software right now. Though it is good and simple, it lacks a few things. This is why OUYA wants to make sure you know the company is on top of things – improvements are in the works.
Here is what OUYA is currently working on, in terms of software improvements:
- External storage for games
- Simpler game install process
- More metrics for developers
- Controller support for video players
- More payment options
How You Can Help
If you have extra questions, OUYA will be holding a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) event during the first week of May. The rest of OUYA’s update looks as we expected it to. The UI will stay simple and more games are coming!
The most important factor here is you, the user. OUYA understands this and is asking for early backers’ help. Get in touch with them and give them your suggestions! Do you love the console? What do you not like so much?