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Update #11

Cue the global countdown: less than 40 hours to go, we've got global news to share

With fewer than 40 hours remaining in our Kickstarter campaign, it’s still business as usual at OUYA headquarters. We continue to jam on the task at hand, but we’ve got four quick announcements to share with you in this update.

First: We’ve been hearing requests from all over the Internet for a media player. Well we’re proud to announce that we will be working with XBMC.

That’s right. The award-winning, open source media player and entertainment hub is coming to OUYA. We’ve heard many of you buzzing about a potential OUYA-XBMC hook-up since Day One of launch. (Something of a match made in open source heaven!) Now, with a few hours left in our drive, we’re delivering.

Believe it, friends: XBMC, on OUYA, on your TV, legit.

Here it is, straight from the XBMC team:

Maybe it was inevitable. Maybe it was because of the hundreds, if not thousands, of demands on Twitter, in blogs, on Facebook, in Reddit, and in Kickstarter comments. Maybe it's because many of Team OUYA support XBMC, and nearly a third of Team XBMC members are OUYA backers.

Regardless, we are delighted to announce that XBMC will be working with OUYA to ensure that XBMC works well on the OUYA platform. OUYA's Android underpinnings and XBMC's work on Android (soon to be merged into master, pending final sign-offs!) will dramatically speed up that effort, as will early XBMC dev access to OUYA prototypes.

The conversation between our two teams is young, but talk is ongoing and positive. We look forward to providing more exciting news on this front as it develops.

- Nathan Betzen, XBMC Community Manager

And to our friends outside the US: we hear you. XBMC runs in over 40 different languages.

But that’s not all.

We’re boosting our radio reception around the world. We’ve partnered with TuneIn, a free service that lets people listen to the world's music, sports and news from wherever they are. With over 70,000 stations and two million on-demand programs, TuneIn offers unmatched variety for listeners across 230 countries and territories.

Enough of the tell and tell, we’ve also got some show and tell: That’s right! New renders for you. Eager to answer your questions about the size of OUYA, the team at fuseproject created some images to demonstrate the scale of the console and controller. Scroll down to check them out.

And, I guess I will end this update on a housekeeping note. Throughout our run on Kickstarter, our campaign page has served as the official OUYA information resource. After the campaign closes, we will unveil a new OUYA site at www.ouya.tv that will serve as OUYA central moving forward.

So with that, I’d like to thank you all once more for believing in this project and supporting it from the beginning. Again, we only have a handful of hours remaining, so please tell your friends about what we’re trying to do here. It’s your support that makes OUYA possible.

-Julie

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      Creator Nicholas Tassone on August 7, 2012

      This update was a lot better than yesterdays, I still need 1 more nice update to finish backing the console. Looking forward to a big one tomorrow

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      Creator Johannes Haseitl on August 7, 2012

      Uh, xmbc, sounds interesting. But as I use PLEX -and it is great- I'd love to see PLEX on OUYA too!

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      Creator Tyler Morrison on August 7, 2012

      Sealed the deal for me, I have been writing the teams and posting on xbmc forums trying to get the teams in touch and it looks like I wasn't the only one! Pledged my support.

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      Creator Peter Mulders on August 7, 2012

      XBMC was all I needed to hit the "Buy" button. Thanks guys!

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      Creator Ben Mangeng on August 7, 2012

      Now you guys just need to get partnered with PLEX!

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      Creator Haris Khan on August 7, 2012

      Maybe make the controller a little bit bigger? It doesn't look like it fills out that guy's hands. The "horns" of the controller should fill out the palms of someone's hands, but not be so large that you can't reach the touch controller in the middle. If we have to stretch a bit, it's ok. Just makes sure when reaching for the touch controller a person's hands don't end up touching each other.

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      Creator Mishaal AlSaab on August 7, 2012

      thanks but the focus should be on games

      RPG games please :D

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      Creator Michael on August 7, 2012

      Chris: I assume that XBMC on the OUYA will support all access methods that the "regular" XBMC build also supports.

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      Creator Benoit Quimper on August 7, 2012

      You're doing a great job with the updates Julie, I can feel the passion. Good job!

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      Creator Erin on August 7, 2012

      Wow. That thing's tiny! I was expecting it to be more GameCube-sized.

      @blaine: Good call on the "O" vs system button. Maybe use the good old power symbol (0 with a 1 inside?)

      As for everyone's mention of the buttons themselves.. I agree the O should be at the left. Just makes more sense to use English speakers (though I'd also probably have Y at the bottom so that you're reading right-to-left on both rows rather than circularly.. but maybe that's just me.)

      For colors.. don't think there is any standard "color" system for controller buttons, and the existing schemes used by Sony, Microsoft and (older) Nintendo products are probably trademarked and unusable anyway (or at least, inviting a needless legal battle even if its eventually deemed OK.) Especially Sony where they brand their stuff with the OX[]Triangle logo. I guess they'd probably be safe with classic green/red/yellow/blue as long as they change the order with regards to the XBox controller (but then, that would just incite further confusion for XBox gamers.)

      That said, the yellow and orange colors in the picture might be a bit too close to each other.. though likely not any worse than the Playstation's buttons so maybe not a problem (using shape rather than color as the primary distinguishing glyph attribute.)

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      Creator Chris on August 7, 2012

      Forgive my relative ignorance of Android and XBMC but does/will XBMC give the OUYA the ability to access Windows media shares? Will it require a hack or Samba? Not a make or break point, in fact I adore 99% of what you're doing here [proper D-pad please =D], just curious how I'll be able to access my home media server.

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      Creator Bree Nguyen on August 7, 2012

      That's great! But stay focused on the main product, GAMES!

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      Creator Derek Thomas on August 7, 2012

      XBMC is great, Plex on OUYA would be better!

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      Creator Jerod Lycett on August 7, 2012

      @blaine, if you're dumb enough to hit that button midgame hopefully OUYA is smart enough to just pause.

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      Creator Salvador Hernandez on August 7, 2012

      Like many others have said, with this update, I think an inexpensive IR receiver is ABSOLUTELY in order. I would very much like to use my Harmony to control media.

      And while that controller does look a bit small, I'll give the benefit of the doubt. We don't know how gigantic that person's hands might be.

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      Creator David Davalos on August 7, 2012

      I am quite happy, that the suggestions of myself, and probably thousands of others, were answered. I became a backer not only to support ouya, but also to be offered the opportunity to shape ouya. Our voices have been heard. Our desires made real.

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      Creator blaine on August 7, 2012

      I'm glad the buttons have symbols now, but it looks like the system button and the "O" button could be easily mistaken when responding to on-screen instructions. Sure, the circles are different colors, but I think that conversation has already been covered...

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      Creator Byron Roman on August 7, 2012

      Jack, can't handle? GTFO with your unheard preferences!

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      Creator Tobias Andreasson on August 7, 2012

      Saw this coming a thousand miles away... ;)

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      Creator Dave de Fijter on August 7, 2012

      Thanks for listening and adding XBMC, this will be a very powerful and useful addition to the main launcher :)

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      Creator Mauricio Martinis on August 7, 2012

      !!! That's smaller than I expected! I thought itd be more a GameCube size. But that's one awesome box right there!

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      Creator Jack Bishop on August 7, 2012

      Man could you guys possibly kill it anymore than you already are?

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      Creator Oliver Barraza on August 7, 2012

      @Rob lol, but I don't think the top ten supporters have stupid names like that although it has occurred to me. I think the names will be on the back or the sides, bottom maybe? But probably not the front and if worst comes to worse put a sticker over it.

      As for the size, I like it. I'm ready for a console that doesn't look like a VHS player. And I like the look and size of the controller, looks easy to hold for long dev sessions and gaming sessions.

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      Creator Kozanator on August 7, 2012

      I am a playstation 3 user but love the decision to to make the Ouya controller more like the xbox 360. I've always thought the 360 had the best controller. I was pretty sad when Sony decided to keep the same controller as their PS2. But... now I'm thinking Ouya will have the best controller. I just hope they put the "O" in the 9 o'clock position and read clockwise from there. As for the colours... I'm cool with whatever you guys want to do but green for the bottom and red for the right just seems to make a little more sense due to the fact that "Green" means go/accept and "Red" mean stop/cancel. I'm only saying that since the bottom button will probably be the most used.

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      Creator Brandon C. Driver on August 7, 2012

      Ouya and XBMC?

      "I'M THROWING MY MONEY AT THE SCREEN, BUT NOTHING'S HAPPENING!"

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      Creator Nick Roos on August 7, 2012

      what a cute little box ^^

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      Creator Robert Cain Jr. on August 7, 2012

      It's just occurred to me that my OUYA will come with ten cases of "1337crU/\/\P37" and "MEATBEATER" engraved on it. Ummmm that's gonna ruin the aesthetics a bit.

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      Creator Andre Schlüter on August 7, 2012

      Now that XBMC official supports the OUYA i wish me an BT Remote only for XBMC

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      Creator Marissa Murphy on August 7, 2012

      It's so tiny! :) Excited!

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      Creator jean on August 7, 2012

      can't wait

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      Creator Tyler Burgess on August 7, 2012

      and with XBMC i am also ordering a second lol.....question....besides open source stuff....and bluetooth remotes are there any future plans for a remote control now with media center becoming* a key feature to some of us? Either way still excellent news!

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      Creator Jörgen Larsson on August 7, 2012

      Pretty please offer an alternative stick layout than the one pictured, for us who prefer the Playstation layout.. This is a real downer for me to see the Xbox layout. Please offer both.

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      Creator Kozanator on August 7, 2012

      I'm loving this project but I hope you include an IR port on the front, so I can control it with the rest of my entertainment system for the days I'm just listening/watching media.

      Also... I was thinking about the letters on the controller. Shouldn't it be: "O" left, "U" top, "Y" right, "A" bottom. That just seems to make more logical sense due to that's the order you would code when making borders and such in HTML. Also, isn't it common to start reading from the left and then go clockwise from there?

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      Creator Carlos Bellotti on August 7, 2012

      That is Amazing, the OUYA is beautiful in all aspect, I'm anxious to have it in my hands. Good Work.

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      Creator Anthony Eager on August 7, 2012

      Travis: Its easier for them to score partnerships with media centres because media centres wont lose out. They are still delivering their content the way they normally would.
      Gaming companies are going to be a harder catch because you can bet your ass that Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft will not be playing ball with companies who start hyping up the OUYA. Expect exclusive agreements to remain exclusive.
      You gotta remember a lot of these games are going to be made by people who have purchased the dev bundles, and it is kind of hard to announce games when none of the devs are able to work on it yet.

      What I really want to see is the guys behind OUYA give us a mascot that is up there with Mario and Sonic. got a feeling I will be waiting a while for it!

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      Creator Larry Craig on August 7, 2012

      I've been using XBMC since the original XBOX, and think it's a great media application which will compliment the gaming aspects of Ouya really well. Adding another Ouya to my order for streaming.

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      Creator Pieter on August 7, 2012

      My to im in woohoo

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      Creator Timothy Horne on August 7, 2012

      I just discovered tunein radio last week and love it, so that's great news. I'm about to check out the media player. Things are sounding better and better each day. I can't wait till its ready. Keep up the great work! Oh and I (and I'm sure there's been a tone of request for this) was thinking nfc technology. I have a nexus s and I'm about to get a nexus 7 and that would be a huge plus to go on top of a great device.

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      Creator Taint on August 7, 2012

      Any chance we can see support for class 1 USB DACs?
      Ouya + XMBC + USB DAC + NAS = Kickass Home Audio playback system ;)

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      Creator Mikail Villiger on August 7, 2012

      This is awesome news! Thanks Ouya!!!

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      Creator Roberto Carvalho on August 7, 2012

      Nice, just read the XBMC would be on board, that was what I needed to hear to buy this box. Im in!!!

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      Creator Catherine Wiener on August 7, 2012

      Please spell OUYA starting on the left button and go clockwise. Current photo rendering is just silly.
      Color switch to more "standard" button colors would be appreciated as well.
      Please switch away from circular D-pad. Control can be too imprecise.

      From your updates I understand why you won't have the rumble feature or wired controllers, but how I really wish for both features especially the wired controller.

      Also, because of its small size I am worried about the power cord actually pushing this console around so hopefully that will be taken into consideration when choosing how the power cord connects to the console and how flexible/rigid the power cord is.

      All that being said, I'm so thrilled and excited for the OUYA! I think it's brilliant and I can't wait to see what you guys do with it.

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      Creator Omar Luzardo on August 7, 2012

      Support 100% XBMC

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      Creator DLARREMO on August 7, 2012

      LOVE IT! I had XBMC in mind when I decided to back OUYA.
      @Travis D... What's a VCR?

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      Creator MBybee on August 7, 2012

      XBMC is my favorite media center. Very happy to see this on here!

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      Creator Jhonrock on August 7, 2012

      Oh Jesus! Gimme a break. When they announce a new game, we have a lot of complains. When they announce a new service, we have a lot of complains. When they announce nothing, we also have a lot of complains. For God's sake, this is getting really annoying.

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      Creator Irfon-Kim Ahmad on August 7, 2012

      The photos are nice and all, but if people want to know how big something is, might I recommend measurements? They're surprisingly handy. I have no idea how big your reference model's hands are.

      (It's notable that the controller looks uncomfortably small in his hands, to me. But maybe his hands are huge. I have no idea.)

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      Creator Nosakhare Ogbebor on August 7, 2012

      I think that it's an amazing move that Ouya will have a media player that can play tons of file formats and one that is backed by passionate developers. Even though we love games, It's nice to watch a fav tv show or movie every now and again. =)

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      Creator Muzza on August 7, 2012

      Hope the Oculus Rift API's are stock standard in the Ouya SDK.

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      Creator Jamus Aeons on August 7, 2012

      I've decided to stop backing this project. The updates thus far have been almost entirely focused on making this machine the new VCR, and I am not interested in a VCR. I came into this project excited to hear about games, but the only original title that this project has managed to procure is yet another zombie FPS by a Call of Duty developer. No thanks.

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