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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. Luis Baez on

      Also, please change the analoge stick where the d-pad is at. and make the d-pad into arrows or a traditional plus design. There is a reason why the hate for the xbox 360's depad design is unniversal and why systems like sony stick to the original formula. Learn from the failures from other systems and the succes from others.

    2. Luis Baez on

      I totally agree with most the backers here. One of the main reason why I decided to not buy a Xbox 360 is because of the d-pad design. The d-pad design is awfull with fighting games and not to mention on 2d platformers. I beg for the ouya controller to be changed into a traditional "PLUS" d-pad. This is a great advantage since many indie developers will be developing 2d platformer gaames.

    3. Dan McKinnon on

      I'm pretty sure you can select any USB game pad you want. There are already hundreds on the market.

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      ross serrett on

      Finally got the cash together to back this thing and I must say: CAN'T WAIT.

      Regarding the controller, I absolutely love that you've taken inspiration from the 360 but I echo the sentiment of a lot of backers when I say that the D-Pad needs to change to a traditional "Plus" style design. The circle style D-Pad of the 360 is universally hated because it's inaccurate and unresponsive. Any other design (i.e. the Nintendo "Plus" style, the Playstation "Arrow" style, or the Sega versions) would be a substantial improvement.

      Loving the steady stream of updates. Keep'em coming, and congrats on an amazing Kickstarter so far!

    5. Adam Miller on

      Perhaps we could select the controller we wish to have?

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      Curt J. Sampson on

      Derrick, such controllers exist, but I would imagine that the expense of such a modular controller would be prohibitive for something like the Ouya.

    7. Adam Miller on

      I agree with the above, one of the reasons I do not play my 360 at all is because while the controller shape is great, the button layout is awful.

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      Derrick Pernitzky on

      Is it at all possible to make the controllers modular? What I mean is that you could "unplug" the D-Pad and the Left Analog Stick with a tool and place them into the other spot? This would essentially satisfy everyone as you could give either a playstation or xbox style feel, depending on personal preference or what would work better for the game.

    9. Christopher Caswell on

      Can u add sdxc card slots for more memory?

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      Cory Westgate on

      On thinking about it, games like Katamari Damacy practically require that the analogs are lateral to one another, not as they seem to be on this controller or on the xbox controller. Definitely consider this.

    11. Sergi Marcet on

      HAHA i see that my brilliant idea was already posted by another persona... well that it means that is good, right?

    12. Sergi Marcet on

      The controller looks good!
      Here is an idea!
      For better recognise the buttons, for example ingame , and for the colorblinded...
      Buttons of OUYA , could b O,U,Y,A! one letter in each button , it fits perfect, and fix the problem!!
      I think that O could be the bottom button and then go clockwise, so U is left button, Y top button , A right button.
      What do you think?

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      KrazyKain on

      I would assume the controller is compatible with OnLive, there is absolutely no point in having OnLive on a console if you cannot use the consoles native controller

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      Jimmy on

      I have the best hopes for this project.
      Though the d-pad look pretty much useless. Why even put something like that there when Nintendos d-pad patent ran out a couple of years ago.

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      Brian Miller on

      Looks great! I love the design, but also looking for start and select buttons. It would be great to have them or if you can come up with some innovative alternative that works as well for in game play. Also supporting the swap of left analog stick and d-pad. Unfortunately this comes down to individual play styles, but for me, when I need to use both d-pad and left analog stick in a game, I want to keep my thumb on the stick and use other left fingers to make selections with the d-pad. Looking forward to the end product regardless...

    17. Sam Beckett on

      I will ask again because this is really important and we have yet to get an official answer.

      In order to play the OnLive games are we going to have to buy the $50 OnLIve game controller? Or will the OUYA game controller work? I don't think most people realize that OnLive on the Google TV requires you to buy an extra $50 controller even tho the Google TV has a full keyboard/mouse. Also you should note a OnLIve game console+controller is pretty much free if you pre-order a $60 AAA title.

      So are we going to have to spend another $40 to buy the OnLive specific controller? Or is the OUYA controller compatible?

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      Magus Esko on

      It needs start and select buttons. Those are essential for bringing up in game menus, pausing etc.

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      Juan Pablo Quintana on

      when I have to transfer the money to send me the console to Argentina?

    21. BernieTime

      In reflection, I can be open to the change in button layout. This controller doesn't appear to be as awkward as the XBox. This guy did a review of the Nyco Raven controller for the PS3 (contains NSFW language) that opens me to the layout change that we got accustomed to with the PS1-3.…...

      Let me ask this though, if moving the stick on the left side feels more ergonomic to the player, wouldn't it follow that the stick on the right side should be moved as well? I would also think moving the Right Stick would be a boon for left handed players. Looking around, it appears Nintendo has the same idea with the Wii U Controller Pro. Not certain that it's ergonomic. Seems overly bulky like the Xbox offering.

      Also looked at the Onlive controller which includes Media buttons, which isn't a bad idea. Not sure if the Ouya controller will emulate media controls with the built-in touchpad. Subsonic made their NEO for the PS3 which includes some good ideas in form/function, though the glossy surface is always a bad idea…...

      As others have stated, the D-Pad would be better served by using the design from the Sega Genesis/Saturn. This guy has a writeup about why this design works

      The last thing would be about the Buttons, hopefully the letters aren't stenciled to the top as after wear and tear the letters fade.

    22. Franklin Garcia on

      I would love to see a picture of the prototype at least and not rendered images ;)

    23. Erwin Shades Kiekens on

      How will OnLive on the Ouya be available in Belgium?
      Belgacom just announced it will be exclusively be available for their clients for €10/month.
      but I'm with another provider: Telenet.
      Will I be able to use OnLive on my Ouya?

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      george stubock on

      why do all buttons have to be round? lol blue should be O yellow should be U red should be Y and green should A.....although then it would have the A in the same position as XBOX.....hmmmm

    25. Justin

      @Devin, nah. When I refreshed it doubled some comments. This comment system stinks.

    26. Nick Lowe on

      I don't like how current consoles require players to learn the mapping from their buttons to letters or symbols (especially irritating because they are different for every console).

      Rather than introducing yet another combination to memorise (O, U, Y, and A), why not introduce logical iconography that is immediately recognisable? Something like: up, down, left, and right arrows with circles around them to indicate that they are buttons rather than d-pad directions. Or simple icons based on four circles outlines in a cross arrangement, with the corresponding one filled in?

      In this way a new/casual player would immediately know which button to press without having to remember the letter arrangement on the controller.

    27. Julian J. Lazar on

      Sounds great but:

      Will OnLive work in Germany? Or only in the US and UK?

    28. Glenn Bacon on

      Sure the dpad look great but, I'm a big fan of the way the Nintendo NES dpad feel and work. I hope the round dpad is not mushy or takes too much effort or distance for movement.

    29. Tom Neale on

      OUYA could be a good coice for the buttons. I hope the dpad is a bit better than it looks. Don't know what Nintendo did on the NES/SNES but those have always been a little more accurate than most others (please don't let it be too rocky)

    30. Devin Hall on

      Justin, are you referring to me?

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      Morten Foss on

      They should make the d-pad as the old sega controller :D that would be amazing

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    33. Rafael Lima de Souza on

      Take a close look at this dpad:…

      Anyone who has ever used one will tell you its awesome. It's the best dpad I ever used for sure.

    34. Rafael Lima de Souza on

      I personally prefer the analog sticks in the position where they are, more akin to the 360 controller, than the PS3 approach of symetrical sticks. I could live with the PS3 approach, but I prefer the 360 one

      In the other hand... change the dpad, but don't go the Playstaton or nintendo way. Make a dpad like the Sega Genesis or the 2nd Sega Saturn model ones. Anyone who has played with those dpads know they are just the best dpads ever. The nintendo ones are good, but not as good as those, same thing with the Dualshock pads.... they are horrible for fighting games, or games that requires you to use a lot of diagonal inputs. The Sega Genesis dpad was AWESOME for fighting games and any other 2D type of gaming in general.

    35. Ryan Brown on

      For those that are posting requesting the butons be labeled OUYA, take a closer look at the screenshot of the Onlinve creen. Specifically the button labels for the commands at the bottom.

    36. Justin

      Is there a reason you posted that again after a couple answered you?

    37. Devin Hall on

      I might actually change my pledge from $225 to $99 because if this controller design. I'm not going to be playing it as much as I originally thought because I know the controller is going to be uncomfortable in my hands. It was a nice thought having my username engraved onto 2 controllers, but oh well, basic it is. They still have 10 days to announce a change though. Maybe I'll get lucky?

    38. Devin Hall on

      I said the same thing the other day. I would like it if the analog sticks were symmetrical. This shape is only good for first-person games from what I hear. Just about everyone else I speak to, even people I know that play xbox regularly, enjoy the symmetrical feel of a playstation controller over the shape of the xbox controller.

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      Jonathon Pearson on

      So the previous statement of free gaming through the OUYA is now false or would it just cost money for OnLive? and it really strikes me that OnLive is just the commercial version of OUYA so I guess as long as they kept to independant games for the most part and charged $10 a month for OnLive for newer console titles it wouldn't be so bad. As long as the OUYA has full capabilities to run OnLive without having to pay out a ton for their special controllers, then it's just becoming a gimmick.

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      Kyle on

      It should work with the Ouya controller, because Onlive doesn't have to port anything but the client to Ouya, and Ouya handles input/output in the OS, so you could use the Ouya controller, you just need constant broadband connection

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      Curt J. Sampson on

      I have to say, I find the asymmetrical sticks quite uncomfortable myself. (My hands are symmetrical, which I think is not unusual.) If the left stick belongs in the upper left corner rather than lower and closer to the centre, why not put the right stick there, too, and move the location of the right-hand set of buttons to match the D-pad?

    42. Justin

      That's because it doesn't come with a controller. So of course you have to buy one.

    43. Sam Beckett on

      In order to play the OnLive games are we going to have to buy the $50 OnLIve game controller? Or will the OUYA game controller work? I don't think most people realize that OnLive on the Google TV requires you to buy the $50 controller. Also a OnLIve game console / controller is pretty much free if you pre-order a $60 AAA title

    44. Benedikt Zöchling on

      I like the Controller very much. Dont let you tell anything else, the left stick has to be on the upper left cornor just how it is, thats the only way to guarantee confortable gaming over a long time for as many hand sizes as possible.....Maybe an AUX Ouput on the controller, would be nice, but thats not necessarily required. Well you're doing a great job so far, so Iam happy backing your project and am excited for every following news ;-)

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      David Sneddon on

      Looks great! Could you please, please, please put a Stereo / Optical SPDIF audio out onto the console so that it may be used as a media centre / music player without needing to go through a HDMI device (and instead going to something like a home stereo). I'd love to use my OUYA as a jukebox.

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      Zoe Tsang on

      I'd like an audio output as well.
      Concerning the controller I would also like the D-Pad to be more like the PS3 controller.
      On the point of what to put on the buttons, the only reason I find to not put OUYA is that games have other controller's symbols integrated in games already. So if you were playing OnLive, you would have another controller's tutorial being taught to you. Although if games were being developed specifically to OUYA that wouldn't matter.
      Also, shoulder buttons?

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      Friendly on

      One more thing, it makes no sense not to have both analog sticks next to each other. Sony's Dual Shock and Ninendo Wii's Classic Controller Pro do it right. Put the d-pad where the left analog stick is now.

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      Friendly on

      Yes, please use A B C D, or 1 2 3 4, or O U Y A for the buttons. Otherwise it will cause problems in many game situations and for colo-blind people. And change the d-pad to one that's actually usable, like the one that Sega Saturn had (which everyone agrees was the best d-pad ever).

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      chrulri on

      Please do not make the body of the console out of aluminium only, because that will affect the WiFi performance very badly as it did with the ASUS Transformer Prime (TF201). Otherwise you may attach an external WiFi antenna to solve that problem.