OUYA development console gets unboxed, developer portal now open [VIDEO]


Yesterday, we reported that OUYA was beginning to ship development consoles a day early. Over 1,200 development consoles were shipped to those who applied for the pricey package on Kickstarter, and many are scheduled to arrive today (most will get their consoles starting next week). Instead of waiting for shaky, blurrycam unboxings from those who ordered one, though, the OUYA team has taken it upon itself to release an official unboxing.

The development console will be visibly different from the final package. For starters, the hardware is housed by clear plastic. You’ll be able to see the guts of the controllers and the console itself at all times. This doesn’t help much, but it does look cool and drives home the fact that OUYA is an open console for developers t do whatever they want.

The kit comes with the console, two controllers, batteries for each controller, a microUSB cable, an HDMI cable, a power cable and an international power adapter. This development console can easily be taken apart for any developer wanting to give the components a deep tissue massage — simply screw the top off and pull the main circuit board out.

Seeing them do it on the video was kind of like seeing that scene in Vampire in Brooklyn when Eddie Murphy pulled that guy’s heart out. Yea, like that. The team revealed an internal fan as one of the newest additions to the package to ensure the OUYA would stay as cool as it can if developers want to push the most they can out of it.

The OUYA team stresses that the console does not come with any games out of the box. This thing isn’t for fun just yet — that’s why they’re development kits. Developers’ jobs are to provide the fun, so the only thing you should be focused on after getting your development console is downloading the ODK and getting started on bringing your great wares over. You can find the developers’ portal here for everything you need to get started.

[via OUYA]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. really? not even Google play on the thing? Netflix? Hulu?

    1. No games doesn’t mean no market. It just means there aren’t any games pre-installed. Maybe the market place is installed and you have to install the games yourself. Hmm…

      1. maybe, but being that they kept saying that there was nothing to do with it at the moment and all they showned was the boot logo, I’m left believing that it did absolutely nothing atm :-

    2. Back when they were announcing the device on Kickstarter, they did say that it will feature Google Play.
      Remember this is the DEV version, which means it will be barebones.

  2. Glad Microsoft isn’t like Apple…i think-…otherwise they soon get sued by Ms, for coping the Joysticks and Dpad positioning /trollmodeoff

  3. I hope that the future versions will have upgradable chips like the tegra 4 6x more powerful graphics.

    1. Doubtful. Mobile SoC’s like the Tegra are soldered directly to the board. There is no socket implementation.

      They could always release an OUYA2 down the line with an upgraded SoC, but I wouldn’t count on that for at least a few years. They have to hit a pretty high volume of the current console to be able to make any money at the $99 price point, so they wouldn’t want to cannibalize their own sales by also releasing an upgraded version too soon.

  4. I wish the project luck although I am not a direct supporter.

  5. I wish it luck but I doubt this thing will take off for long.

    1. I also thought that but then if you start thinking of the Ouya as a media device instead of a gaming one, the 99$ tag makes it even more appealing.

      I live in South Africa, where media pc’s aren’t cheap, so a 99$ “thing” that can playback on my 40″ and connect to the web is certainly very attractive.

  6. 100$ apple comes out with somthing similar next year , icube or igame but which is completely closed

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