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2 For Friday: OnLive comes to OUYA, Controller Makes Full Frontal Debut

Posted by OUYA (Creator)

Hey Kickstarters!

We’ve got an awesome update to kick off the weekend.

We know you’ve been dying to see more of OUYA and its controller -- and today, you just might get lucky. ;)

But first, we have some big news... we have been telling you that OUYA can deliver a great gaming experience, and some of you asked about one app in particular. Well, we are proud to reveal...

OnLive is coming to OUYA!

Through OnLive, OUYA will offer hundreds of playable titles from great publishers. Hundreds of games, streamed right to you, on demand. Pretty sweet.

But you don’t want to hear us drone on and on. Let’s hear it straight from OnLive:


When OnLive first heard about OUYA, we were excited to see console gaming becoming more available and open. Like OUYA, we came to gaming with a new vision for making top-quality gaming accessible to more people, and we continue to look for ways to expand on that vision.

OUYA is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever. In OnLive's case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand.

We are pleased to announce that OnLive will be available on OUYA at launch, extending and building on our commitment to make the best games available to everyone, everywhere.

What does that mean for OUYA backers?

  • OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
  • OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
  • Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library—from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders® II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.

OnLive already delivers a premium gaming experience to tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs, connected TVs and HDTVs via the OnLive® Game System or dedicated streaming devices like the VIZIO Co-Star. We’re pleased to deliver the same OnLive experience on the OUYA console when it launches next year.

—Bruce Grove, General Manager, OnLive

We know some of you guys will like this news. People like Marios Santos Ramos, Thomas Iwancio, and Phil (That’s right, he wants to be known as Phil. Just Phil.) took to the keyboard to suggest an Onlive partnership.

“Having a dedicated and open console and being able to log into your OnLive account would make this machine a dream in the living room. ” -Marios Santos Ramos

“Any chance you could talk to OnLive about supporting their service through this box?” -Thomas Iwancio

“This is awesome. Let’s get an OnLive app here.” -Phil

Well, I guess that about wraps it up--what’s that? Oh yeah! The controller! Silly me.

Scroll down, my friends. Scroll down. Feast your eyes upon the latest images of the OUYA controller and console. Please note that the design is still in progress--but we couldn’t hold out any longer. We needed you to know that the controller has two handles. You can hold it in both hands.

P.S. We're still deciding on the buttons. For now, we've stuck with the colored circles as placeholders. But don't fret, we won't leave out colorblind gamers. :)

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    1. John Rockefeller on

      OnLive will make good use of that Ethernet port :)

      Good job, OUYA team. This is fantastic news.

    2. Matthew Scott Shanklin on

      Now to check out OnLive...

    3. Jerod Lycett on

      I love the idea of OUYA for the controller, was going to post it myself. Love the look of it all too.

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      hadleyb on

      No OnLive availability in New Zealand :(

    5. Jussi Laine on

      I like how the console looks, but I miss the O + U logo in front.

    6. Scott Davis on

      @Michael Microsoft uses X,Y,A,B also.

    7. Martin King on

      OnLive available to people in Australia?
      I am sure OnLive is big news to those who already have plenty of gaming options with games and hardware prices that are 30%+ cheaper, please don't forget people outside of North America.
      The console looks good :)

    8. salromano on

      I'm not an OnLive subscriber, myself, but support for those who are is always a plus! Great going, guys!

    9. Robert on

      @Erik Karlsson, i second that idea, it would be topical and utterly unique!!!

    10. Matthew on

      wow. thats, just awesome

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      Stephen McVicker on

      I'm from Ireland so Onlive isn't the best here (kinda lags, even though I have have 50mb connection), but this is pretty exciting news. Console and controller looks good ;-)

    12. Zaos on

      Well damn this is a nice surprise to find when i get to work today. :) Keep the information coming everyone. This is great news! (is it me or does the console look like its made partially of brushed aluminum? Niiiice i like that idea)

    13. Pinstripe Games on

      That looks great! But the d-pad should be separated, not a disc. 2d games are far better with a real d-pad!

    14. Pinstripe Games on

      That looks great! But the d-pad should be separated, not a disc. 2d games are far better with a real d-pad!

    15. Michael Matzat on

      can you have y and a on controlerbuttons withut being sued by big N? :D

      i can imagine that onlive loves the idea of having 40k+ consoles outthere they can sell their stuff to. To bad it´s not around in germany, to bad you can barley use it when you are sharing your internet connection cause your not living alone.

    16. Wolfos on

      No start/select buttons? No shoulder buttons?

    17. Zack Averyt on

      That..."D-pad" looks like Xbox-level garbage. Why couldn't you make it a REAL D-pad, or a set of buttons like Sony does? Either option is INFINITELY superior to the analog-based monstrosity Microsoft concocted.

      Also...I'd have much rather had the analogs across from each other instead of staggered. Geez, this whole controller just reeks of Microsoft BS. Extremely disappointing. I may (and no, I'm not joking) need to reconsider my pledge...

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      Janine Rawnsley on

      Regarding the controller buttons, can we please take this opportunity to get away from nonsensical color or shape combinations? To this day I never remember (without looking) where the ps3 or xbox ones are, doesn't help that they differ to one another! And it's going to be even worse if you come up with yet another convention!

      It's so silly, because the easy and sensible way to do the four buttons would be to simply put up, down, left and right (triangular) arrows on them. Then a gamer wouldn't have to think twice about which button was which in quick time events, and the colour blind thing is a non issue.

      It's also easy to differentiate between pad arrows and button arrows, the pad arrows are standard arrows whereas the buttons would be triangles, facing one of the four directions, enclosed in a circle (representing the button) to make it even easier to tell them apart.

      Regarding OnLive, I hope you keep it as a funky optional extra rather than making it a key selling point - it's largely redundant as a service in most countries due to poor internet connections. e.g. the UK.

    19. Joseph Kimbrell on

      OnLive is an awesome addition, but not so awesome for international backers, at least as of now. I can get OnLive here in Norway just because I'm from the States, though it can get kinda laggy.

      Good addition, but looking more forward to new games I can download and store on my OUYA

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      Santa on

      Want to see more of the controller, the "other side", from the back.
      I hope, that it have shoulderbuttons or kinda like this :)

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      noel checo on

      This is great news, but please don't make this console too small. Small = not capable.

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      technoSurrealist on

      I really like that idea, Ben.

      Kind of sucks finding out about OnLive for the first time the week after the Steam sale though :( I bought a ton of games that I could probably have played on Ouya and now I can only play them on my PC.

    23. Johannes Lørup Johnsen on

      Apple just patented the DualShock controller. Beware of the fruity trolls.

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      Helge Volkening on

      Hope Germany will get OnLive someday also...

    25. Andrii on

      I want to see back of the box!

    26. gregory on

      Please change this "brushed aluminium" look :(( especially on the controller.
      It's visually very boring and I'm pretty sure it will not be a great experience for the hands :o

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      Har Bouter on

      Not a big fan of the d-pad position. I rather see it switched with the left thumb stick. Looks great for the rest though.

    28. Calvin Robinson on

      This is great news!

    29. Aric Giron on

      that is badazz! i am a current onlive user (have the console too) and even though i am a backer of ouya was thinking how i have another console to add to my (limited space) entertainment system so i am glad to see the merge between the two. thanks again, so can't wait for this

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      Scott Clemmons on

      Onlive is pretty legit, nice alternative to spending tons of money on a decent gaming rig. The only problem I have is with the controller. The connected D-pad is terrible.

    31. Matthew B. Kish on

      Pretty exciting news! Please make sure the d-pad is precise and not mushy!

    32. Steven Demanett on

      I have to say I am disappointed to see the offset left analog stick.

      I was hoping for more of a DualShock design, hopefully there will/can be another version of the controller released or the D-Pad and Analog stick can modular and swapped in the final release.

      Otherwise I think it looks slick and I am happy to be a backer, keep up the awesome work!

    33. Prof Nuton on

      Hope Onlive will be accessible outside the US though... Think about the european guys also ... Please ? ;-)
      Nice controller by the way, but beware of the size ( I can still remember the dreamcast and first xbox controllers :-s )

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    35. Chris Clark on

      I really liked Online, I am excited to have it on the console... good move

    36. juanvan on

      Not excited to Onlive - if they send me the game on my drive I will be excited.
      But not if ya still have to stream the game..

    37. Matteo Andò on

      Nice job! But will onlive work in italy? ^^

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      Nashella on

      I guess OnLive will not be available through Ouya for people in countries where Onlive is not working yet, such as.. France :/ So not so great news for us...

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      Cari E. on

      Just keeps getting better. Thank you for the update!

    40. Rudolfs Caune on

      Thanks. Really good news :)

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      Matt on

      Very cool about the OnLive integration. I have been considering the OnLive Game Console since they were first announced. Now I'll be able to get that and Ouya all in one.

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      Matt on

      Very cool about the OnLive integration. I have been considering the OnLive Game Console since they were first announced. Now I'll be able to get that and Ouya all in one.

    43. Tijs Teulings on

      Very cool. Completely sexy controller that :) Will OnLive work outside of the US though?

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      Seth on

      Things just got interesting

    45. Marcin 'Vigrid' Seredyński on

      Just what Erik said! It's a good idea for the colorblind :)

    46. John Mason on

      Looking awesome guys, I really love the design on everything!

    47. Christopher Bailey on

      I saw the integration with onlive coming from a mile away. BUT my main concern is will the OUYA controller work with onlive and vice versa? This is the ONLY reason I haven't put down for the full amount for the console

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      Erik Karlsson on

      I sent you a mail with it, but please make the psysical buttons O U Y A, on the 4 round ones!!