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Cracking open the last closed platform: the TV. A beautiful, affordable console -- built on Android, by the creator of Jambox.
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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. retakrew7 on

      One mayor problem with OnLive is that it is only available in th US, it's nice for them, but it will not improve the OUYA experience for supporters in other regions, so I hope there will be more international directed partnerships soon.

    2. Rhythm on

      @Martin Soetanto

      They're using Flash memory from what I can tell, there won't be an internal hard drive.

    3. Martin Soetanto on

      also could you guys tell us what type of hard drive the ouya uses so its easy to upgrade it and easy to access? i like that i was able to upgrade my ps3's hard drive up to 320 gigs so yeah are you guys using solid state? laptop sized disc hard drive? please do tell

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      Cory Westgate on

      [Although, I do have to say that I far preferred the concept of the rectangular, seamless touchpad to the current raised, circular one. But hey, as long as it's usable, whatever. :)]

    5. Martin Soetanto on

      whats the ouya and the controller made out of? it seems nice

    6. Martin Soetanto on

      whats the ouya and the controller made out of? it seems nice

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      Cory Westgate on

      The controller whiners forget that this is an open console. Want to use your favorite controller? Cool. Make an adapter, get a driver, and voila. Or, just download a joystick package that allows you to plug-n-play with the USB. Really, this isn't a problem.

    8. Nicholas Payne on

      See that circular thing in the middle?
      That's a touchpad.
      Obviously it doesn't have a touchscreen, it never did.

    9. dizygotic on

      they've kept that in the design?

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      R1nc on

      But this controller has a touchpad which the others don't.

    11. dizygotic on

      what happened to the touchscreen on the controller?

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      Alaa Ali on

      Although I doubt they'll put extra work in developing this controller. Because seeing that the OUYA is open source, someone will certainly make the PS3 and Xbox controllers work with it. So I think that investing in the OUYA controller and producing it will not profit them much, because people (who already own an Xbox or PS3) are already used to their design, so they won't buy another OUYA controller and instead connect their controllers.

    13. Simon Kamlet on

      The controller seems perfect to me, Xbox layout si much more comfortable.

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      Alaa Ali on

      The controller buttons should be O, U, Y, and A =).

    15. john loeffler on

      i like the one above its basic and itll work stop debating over the controller especially xbox or ps 3? xbox or ps3? this system is neither . SO FUCK XBOX and FUCK PS 3. OOYA.

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      Morten Foss on

      I loke the look of the controller, but.... PLZ change the d-pad. I HATE playing fighting games on that thing. Otherwise really cool looking.

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      Taziar on

      I've used both the PS3 & the Xbox controllers, I greatly prefer the XBOX layout.

    18. Chronon on

      @Michael Scarborough : One option is even to put both analogues up but that might be pushing it since twin stick shooters aren't the main thing this time =P

    19. Nevan Zanil on

      How about Gaikai, Hawken and PS Mobile support?

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      Bartholemule on

      If you don't like the end result of the controller, could you not just make your own? I mean the point of this console is that it is open source right?

    21. Michael Scarborough on

      @teh4got10one: nope, the left analog stick being where it is is more ergonomically correct. That's why XBox controllers are preferred over PS3. Love the design, guys, keep up the great work!

    22. Sukxk Oomo on

      Das sind ja tolle Nachrichten. Wer alle diese News auch auf Deutsch lesen möchte findet sie auf
      Besucht uns doch! :)

    23. teh4got10one on

      The controller design... I think it makes more sense to switch the d-pad to where the left thumb stick is and put the left thumb stick where the d-pad is currently. Also, how are the triggers? Are there trigger buttons on the top of the controller?

    24. George Chiramal Davis on

      Will the Onlive Service be avialable in India?

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      Daniel on

      Looks really good, can't Waite ! Keep up the good work.

    26. Alexander Leone on

      @Giovanni - Replacing the round d-pad with a plus-shaped d-pad is primarily about the feel of the controller, not the aesthetics.

    27. Kirk McCulloch on

      In past comments i've judged the shape of the controller heavily, but i suppose i should wait till i actually use it to make any critical judgments. I'd like to see the thumb sticks in the PS positions, but i can live with NGC layout (yeah that's right, Nintendo did it first). HOWEVER, what i really wanna know is are they click able?

    28. Peter Lee on

      From what I have seen, most dominant changes others want seem to be:
      -Replace disc shaped d-pad to classic raised d-pad
      -Label O U Y A for the buttons
      -Microphone output on the controller
      -Install low res-screen (maybe touchscreen)

      I also agree that these changes would definitely improve the current controller layout and are not impossible! I would love to see how much of a say backers have on the outcome of the controller layout.

    29. Giovanni Medina on

      seems kinda silly to complain about the dpad since noone here has ever layed their hands on it. It's not about the looks, its all about how it feels. If it feels right, than all is good.

    30. SomethingSketchy on

      I like how people are complaining about onlive even though they have been on the android platform for a while now. All onlive is really doing is adapting their software to work with OUYA, it just seems silly to be upset with the partnership.

      As for the controller I like the layout but please change the d-pad to something that isn't disc shaped. This has been and still is a flaw in the xbox controllers even with their convertible d-pad. Reading some of the comments a low-res screen would be neat even if it is a simple black white lcd display. This was I think a awesome feature on the dreamcast. Even though most people play online now it is still nice to have some friendly competition on the couch. Might be too late in the current design phase but might be something to consider in a BT addon perhaps

    31. joelthom99 on

      After reading comments for an hour or so, it seems to me roughly EVERYONE wants what I would like. A real D-pad and not the cheap disc one that seems to never listen to your commands.

    32. Ryan on

      If the controller not being perfectly made to your specifications can cause you to take out your pledge, then I can't say I'm sad to see you go.

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      Michael Starling on

      I generally like the design - the 4-button diamond configuration on the right is tried-and-tested, works well. Not sure about the D-pad, but without having it in my hands it's not clear how it'll actually feel.

      I do wish the touch-pad were a low-res touch-screen instead - just so many possibilities for strategy games, inventory systems, etc - but I guess that idea will just have to wait for another system (Wii U has the Pad... but it's far larger/more expensive than I feel is needed; Vita+PS3 is expensive; SmartGlass is nice but not *on* the controller in quick reach of the thumbs...).

      Ah well. Still eager to see how the project progresses. :)

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      Francisco Cortes on

      Btw, the controller is a beauty! Can't wait to get my hands on it and play OnLive!!! Great job guys! Keep the updates coming!

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      Francisco Cortes on

      Don't change the layout. The Xbox controller is by far the best configuration. Keep the left stick exactly where it is!!

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      Bryan M Allen on

      Judging from the picture, the controller is a huge let down. It's the same button configuration since 1998. I see no innovation. I expected something new, different and exciting.

    38. Ha Chung on

      Please have headphone jack on both the controller and the main system :D is not that hard.

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      Chris on

      That left analog is going to cause endless thumb-strain. I have to say I agree that the d-pad is the wrong shape, too. They work much better when they're plus-shaped. Otherwise, it sounds like they've designed a comfortable controller that's big enough for my hands, and for that, I'm soooo grateful! I only hope that left analog doesn't stay there... Except for the small size, I've always thought Sony had the best controllers on the market.

    40. Adam Schmelzle on

      Circular crosspads are terrible. The only thing wrong with an Xbox 360 controller is the crosspad, so please don't screw it up in the same way.

    41. Jose Ruiz on

      Guys... its ROOTABLE/Hackable! It'll take someone a week to make PS3/360 controller support... :P
      It has bluetooth, so ps3 will be a snap i'm fairly certain.

    42. Kyle on

      I also prefer symmetrical analog placement. But either orientation isn't really a deal breaker.

      As for the buttons, what if it was something like this:

      I like the idea of each button having more buttons than the last and the main confirm button O being the Ouya O.

    43. Jonathan on

      Looks simple to me, and simple is good. The value now will be in the quality of construction, I hope it goes well!

      Only suggestion would be to publish an open api for the bluetooth controller so that 3rd parties can easily develop their own hardware, but having something simple, of good quality, and most importantly delivered - is #1 :)

    44. Sal "Lasareath" Cameli on

      Please design adaptor plugs that will allow OUYA owners to use their own favorite controllers.

      Some could use their XBOX controllers, some can use their OUYA controller, others can use their PS controllers.

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      Thomas Loss on

      I for one prefer the asymmetric layout. PS3 style sticks are uncomfortable for me. Maybe an option for both?

    46. BernieTime

      Please use the PS2 as a reference instead of the atrocious XBOX design. Can't even begin to say how much I loathe the XBOX controller

    47. Peter Bjorvand on

      pleassssseeeee make the controller layout like sony'...I quit using the xbox 360 just because of the strain it put on my thumb....pleeeeeaaaaasssssseeeeee read this heartfelt cry!!!!!!!!!

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      Zachary on

      Working from the premise that you only know what your customers want if they tell you, I wanted to mention my thoughts. It’s hard to say how ergonomic the controller is from the photo, but if you are still considering it, I do significantly prefer symmetrical analog sticks. Will any third party controllers work with OUYA?

    49. Chris Morris on

      Not really too impressed with the controller design. There is no need to make it look ridiculous. I can appreciate good industrial design, but this is not it. Form should follow function with items like this.

    50. James Sotiroff on

      I disagree I think that the possibility for Onlive makes this console a better competition for a low cost system with a wider variety so that it encompasses not just the indie crowd but the lower income, the casual and the hardcore. Included in this is is the freedom to choose. That being said Onlive isn't my cup of tea. I like my control over the whole program and then some. Also I think it is time we upgrade the controller more. I mean we don't need start or select. We need a more capable controller. Why not tap an ir blaster on it for the TV and receiver. After all we are coming back to the TV right. I only want one remote on the coffee table from now on and only one.