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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. Missing avatar

      Patrick Gonet on

      Love the Buttons spelling the name idea:

      . . .O
      U. . . . .Y
      . . . A

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      zukakog on

      +1 for a more cross shaped d-pad. The xbox controller gets it right in my book with the cross on top of the circle.

      I also think it would be better to have a square/rectangular touch area. There is too much space being wasted. Also, the rectangle would more closely represent the screen.

    3. Solice on

      Oh, man... if I knew the d-pad was going to be one large saucer button, I would've thought twice about pre-ordering. I MUCH prefer the separate button feel of the PS 1/2/3 controller, or the old SNES d-pad where part of the controller housing was in front of the button that makes up the d-pad, giving a "I'm definitely pressing THIS direction" feeling to it. In this regard, I hated the Genesis controller (wikipedia: ). Otherwise, I can't comment on the other buttons until I see a thumb somewhere next to or on the controller. If the size and position of the face buttons are anywhere near the scale for the PS 1/2/3 controllers, then it should be fine. If it's anything like the DS or Vita, there could be issues. I swear those are designed for midgets.

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      Bradson Goldie on

      It looks like the first comment here (by Janine Rawnsley) is all about buttons. I have to say, I think Janine is spot on. You can leave the buttons any combination of colors, but let's just label them with chevrons. "Press ^!" is much less ambigious than "Press Y!"

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      Peter Brittain on

      @Ajai A bluetooth radio would work for PS3, not officially but developers could come out with something that would work. 360 uses a totally different system to connect controllers a "2.4GHz connection with "frequency-hopping spread spectrum" technology" However, 3rd party developers could develop a driver for the wireless dongle and the wired controllers, that would allow them to be connected as well.

    6. Tanya Floaker on

      You put the left hand stick in the wrong place...

    7. Norbert Berenyi on

      I am so happy about OnLive! This two idea have a big future. And now they work on the same place!!!

    8. Mau Frontier on

      LOVE the controller!! I love that it's got the left analog stick at the "default" thumb placement. But I have to agree with joel, circle d-pads are horrible, separate buttons are MUCH better! (Their tactility is much stronger, and this makes for a much quicker brain response when moving)

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      jack on

      hey all. I am so happy you have a partnership with OnLive. it makes perfect and wonderful sence. i love the controller but if the industry has proved anything it's that circle d-pads are no good. the old nintendo style + d-pad or the playstation button d-pad are more accurate and easy to use for any side scrolling game and fighting game. i mean lets look at rayman origins, or the old genesis collection, they feel much better and accurate on the playstation d-pad than on the xbox one. just a thought.


    10. Ajai Khattri on

      There seem to be a LOT of comments about the controller buttons and placement. However, would it not be easier just to include a Bluetooth radio in the console that can pair with a PS3 or XBox controller?

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      Jörgen Larsson on

      Noooo! Dont set the sticks up like 360... Or at least make modules that can be switched. People used to playing Playstation for nearly 20 years do NOT like the 360 orientation... This is a big negative to me!

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      Andrew James Hollister on

      Have you considered changing the sizes of the 4 buttons? I know something similar to the sizes of the Nintendo GameCube would be a bit of a stretch, but I'd like to see if a larger "A" or "Green Circle" button would work, as well as perhaps oval shaped X, Y, B (Blue, Yellow, Red) buttons. I feel like the 4 circle buttons in a diamond shape have been overused and it may be time to see if there's a better option for console controllers! :) I hope you take the suggestion into consideration, and let me know if you do.

    13. Jake on

      This design looks brilliant but I do agree with most other people that that D-pad could be separate buttons, apart from that its looking great, USB connection for charging or wired play would be brilliant too

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      Peter Brittain on

      @Adam I understand that HDMI is the best quality, my question is about TV's that don't HAVE HDMI ports, yes they are older, I realize its not a big deal to switch HDMI cables between consoles, but if you don't have one on your TV, then you have a bigger issue!

    15. LC Roman on

      On the D-Pad - I think the SEPARATED + like the PS3 is the best for fighting games when direct inputs are important. That online controller I posted above seems to have the best of both worlds. I don't see the advantages to the "3rd" analog stick that x-box uses. I don't imagine they will change the d-pad just because I said so, but I do hope u can use the OnLive controller.

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      Tony Hellen on

      Controller looks good butttt.... i don't like the circle directional pad. Give me the old nintendo style plus direction pad. The plus direction pad adds to more accurate moves the circle is to easy miss caculate the moves and inputs.

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      Michael on

      If the controller must have a circular D-Pad, I would really like to see something along what Razer did with the Onza controller for the XB360. It was still a circle, but it was divided into four separate buttons that could be depressed independently of the others, and I find that design far more preferable to the "puck" d-pad (and even the transforming one)!

    18. Steve Gussman on

      The console is looking great! The boomerang shaped controller looks like it could be comfortable, I'm just worried about the D-Pad, I think it should be a "+" like Nintendo's rather than a circle like Xbox.
      OnLive support is REALLY cool, I just hope it doesn't make it harder for indie developers to compete.
      Keep up the great work, guys! I'm really excited for this thing! :D

    19. LC Roman on

      Will you be able to use the OnLive Controller on the OUYA? or other wireless controllers?

    20. Alexander Leone on

      I like the look of the touchpad, but I want to put my vote in for both a) switching the position of the left analog stick and D-pad and b) making the D-pad plus-shaped instead of circle-shaped, or at least having distinct exterior buttons for each direction. A good D-pad like that is much cleaner and more fun to play with for games that use the D-pad for gameplay and not just menu navigation, such as side-scrollers. Just wanted to cast my vote, so to speak, in case changing that was an option at this point. Thank you for sharing more pictures of the controller and console! It's very much appreciated.

    21. T.J. Brumfield on

      I'd really like to see the Playstation style layout where the analog joysticks are in parallel. Would it be possible to offer two designs of controllers and then let gamers choose what they're more comfortable with?

      I know Android supports other USB controllers. Could we just use other Android compatible controllers if we wish?

    22. Adam Parrott on

      @Peter, it's the most efficient cable to use currently so any alternative would surely be a downgrade.

      If you've got any other games console hooked up to your TV at the time (360,PS3) You could always just do a straight swap as they all use the same connection. Alternatively buy an adapter that allows multiple HDMI ports. :)

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      JackOfAllGames on

      OnLive is cool and all, but I do my high-end gaming on my PC. It might be fun to try, but I don't see myself using it. The specs are cool to see. The controller is what interests me most though.

      The controller looks nice, but will it actually be comfortable? If it's not comfortable to use (especially as someone with larger-than-average hands), I'm not going to care how pretty it is. Then I'm also very curious to know whether we'll be able to use existing peripherals with it. If I can plug my USB PC controllers (I have Logitech and Xbox USB controllers plus an Xbox wireless PC controller), I think this would be perfect.

      I want the Ouya controller to be good, but I don't want it to be the only option.

      Keep up the good work, guys! I'm very excited about the Ouya and very much looking forward to getting my hands on the finished product.

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      Peter Brittain on

      the only thing that really concerns me is.... I see, power, USB, HDMI, Ethernet. What if my tv doesn't have HDMI, or the HDMI ports are all full? I realize it would give the best quality output at that point, but if I don't have an HDMI capable TV, I would have to replace my TV to use the console!

    25. joelthom99 on

      Circle d-pads are terrible. A classic up/down/left/right d-pad would be much appreciated. Also, how many controllers will be supported for local play? Details on triggers would be great also :). Very excited! Love he system itself's design.

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      MBybee on

      I'm a huge OnLive user (like 6-8 hrs a week), and I'm REALLY excited that it came to Ouya! That's one less box I'll have to have room for (not that the onlive console is large).

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      Brandon P on

      Man I hope they're 'Street Fighter testing' that D-Pad, I'd hate to have to mod the controller before it's usable for classic games.

    28. Jerimiah Hootman on

      OnLive is a nice addition bringing many other games to the console now. Awesome. My only question really is an aesthetic one as my entertainment center is all black products. Can we get multiple color options?

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      Tomas Buckau on

      Personally I'm not really interested in streaming, or probably not even able to use OnLive.
      Make sure there's a bit of Oomph in the machine to begin with, and while the controller looks a bit flashy in its own way, just make sure it's comfortable.
      The X360 has what is probably the most comfy controller in the current gen, and this is coming from a ps3 fan.

    30. FAFFO on

      awesome but there is no onlive in italy T___T

    31. Martin King on

      AWESOME OUYA GET OnLive !!!!!!!! this means nothing to your backers outside of the USA/UK, come on guys there is nothing new in this update, you had those drawings at the stat of kickstarter, give us some real updates.

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      Mark Canning on

      Cant get onlive in ireland :(

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      Jared on

      I still would like to know if the controller has an accelerometer. It might be essential for compatibility with existing and future android games. The chips cost less than $1, so it’s not too much of a stretch that they may be already baked in.

    34. Michael B Smith on

      Steam support? Really! What would they have to offer? I am a huge Steam proponent! I have over 250 games I've purchased through their service, but they are PC/Mac service. They'd have to basically create a whole new arm to their business. I can't imagine it would make sense to them!

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      Kataiser on

      As far as O/U/Y/A buttons are concerned, I feel like there would be better options. Having ^ / v / < / > chevrons would be quick and easy, but stylistically uninteresting. Overall, having a series of buttons that are quickly and easily memorable is probably best, though.

      Also, I actually love the circle d-pad. Makes 236/623 inputs so much smoother for fighters.

    36. Java on

      Will there be WiFi available on the console? I hope so. Also, is there any news on the release date?

    37. Warren Bennett on

      There is a dpad - it's right to the left of the right stick. It's just round...

    38. Jeremy Kowalski

      There's a D-Pad between the upper-left stick and the lower-right one...

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      Jackal on

      I have no problem with OUYA buttons but the round D-pad is gbetter for 8 directions than the 4 button D-pad. I can use them both styles.

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      Brandon Jacobs-Mills on

      No D-Pad? That's not good! Sticks aren't fast enough for many, many types of games. Especially fighting games.

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      Cory on

      Notice the 3 difernt colored buton mapings at the bottom of the home screen image above. I think they are already planing on using OUYA as the button names :)

    43. Scott Good on

      Button layout on the right should be like this:
      U Y
      Aside from that, I love the controller.

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      Brenden Gansner on

      Looks fine to me, a novel idea would be to have the "wings" of the controller reversable so that they pivot on a pin and the D-Pad ends up on the other side. This would probably be too much for any triggers built in though.

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      Mikael Marius Hansen on

      I've just bought X-Box 360, and didn't like that it doesn't have a D-Pad like PS3.
      I would love to see D-Pad on this controller.

    46. Zac Kirkwood on

      nice i cant wait :)

    47. Rakesh Guha on

      NOOOOO Steam partnership!!!

    48. Jonathan Raby on

      You should come back with Nintendo D-pad :)

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      Joseph Tiseo on

      I would make it more like the NES D-Pad which IMO was the best D-Pad ever