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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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The big hardware update (and more)

Posted by OUYA (Creator)
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It's that time again to update you on our progress. We’ve been focused on two things -- making OUYA, and talking with great game developers who are excited about OUYA.


I've done a lot of globetrotting lately to talk to developers. Since our last update, I bounced from IndieCade in Southern California, to GDC Online in Austin, Texas, then over to London (via video chat) for DroidconUK!

I’ve met a ton of talented developers who are just as excited about OUYA as you and I. In fact, some of you have recognized me (and, at times, my twin sister) on the street!


We’re still going full-steam ahead. We’ve been refining OUYA’s hardware design (cosmetics, mechanicals, electricals, thermals etc.). We’ve spent most of this time in the design phase, as getting it right up front saves us a lot of redesign and iteration later. We’ve had some of the best engineers and designers take a look at every design element and fine tune it. Our CAD models and SLAs (plastic prototypes that provide us with a physical look and feel of the product) are finished, and we moved out of the design phase and into development a couple of weeks ago.

Last week was a huge milestone for us -- we received our first development run of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the console. This is the heart (and we believe the soul) of the OUYA experience. It’s pretty amazing how our engineers have packed in Quad-Core awesomeness into such an unbelievably small package (any guesses on how small the PCB actually is?). All the hard work in refining the design has paid off in spades -- the first boards came to life without any hitches, and we’re now fine tuning software and hardware performance for graphics, wireless, and user experience! W00t.

We are now in what’s referred to in the industry as the EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) phase.

Have a look at our PCB:


During the EVT phase, we’ll be testing both the console and the controller with our OUYA software. We'll continue to verify our design and push the performance limits of our software. We’ll go through a couple more EVT build phases, as we weed out issues and refine the design for optimal performance and large-scale manufacturing, before we start cranking out OUYAs.

So, awesome news: we’re set to complete this EVT phase on time, and we’re in sync with our December target for developer kits. Since these dev kits are still in pre-production phase, we’ll build a limited quantity. Each one will be a collector’s item -- unique in design, build and appearance. (So, they’ll look different from the consumer-ready units.)


I’m happy to announce OUYA will run on Android Jelly Bean, the newest version of the Android operating system. We’re making the jump from the old version, Ice Cream Sandwich, to ensure that we’re running on the most up-to-date software available. You asked if it could be done, we looked into it, and we made it happen.


If you’re a game developer and you want to start making games for OUYA, our OUYA Software Developer Kit (ODK) is coming soon, but in the meantime, there’s a lot you can do to get started. We've posted some information for developers that should help you prepare for the launch of your new game or app on OUYA.

If you missed the Kickstarter drive, but you’re still interested in an early version of the console that you can use as a Dev Kit, you’re in luck. We’re making a few extra. Please visit in the near future and order one (we'll let you know when it's available). Of course, they won’t carry the same rewards as the Kickstarter Dev Kits, but you will receive a console, two controllers and early access to test your game on OUYA! These units will start shipping in the new year. Note that these kits will not include the final console user interface or any games, they’re purely for game developers who want to test their games on real OUYA hardware.


WOW, over 60,700 of you provided us your username by October 12th (the Kickstarter survey deadline). Thank you! Within the next few weeks, we’ll start sending out links so you can login to the upcoming OUYA user portal, review your username, verify your account info, change your shipping info and more.

If you had a username issue (like you didn’t read the rules or you picked the same username as someone else who backed earlier than you), or you didn’t reserve your username within the two-week reservation window, don’t worry. You’ll still get early access to reserve your username before the general OUYA populace. :)


While we’re on the subject of users and backers, I thought it would be cool to give a shout out to our very first Kickstarter backer.

Robert Gaal -- are you in the house!? I just learned that you, and not anyone from my team, friends, or family, were our FIRST BACKER. Rock on! Thanks, Robert. :)

As always, if you have any questions, comments or props (props are always good), please reach out to us at, or through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, G+ or the Kickstarter comments board.

Until next time, take care, keep calm and OUYA on,


P.S. Happy Halloween. And if you want to dress up as a Ruby on Rails developer this year, and you want a job at OUYA -- we’re still hiring. Hit us up at

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    1. Stephen and Stacy Wylie (Devino) on


      I was personally wondering if you are going to fully disclose the Android Build Source (including things like library code for some of the more linux-y-more-than-android-y packages).

      This could make a really development companion for my Pandaboard. It is great from the standpoint of having several different OS' and resolution to test applications against on a single machine, real hardware.

      Any possibility of getting support for this board under the Linaro Project?

    2. TSCTH on

      My awesome sense is tingling. ^^

      BTW, when is the site coming up, so i can check if i got the username i wanted?

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      Amir on

      @ddbelyea the point, as I see it at least, is that we don't want to "waste" the one (!!!) USB slot on more storage for the machine but rather save it for other peripherals...

    4. Joshua Parr on

      Please update us on the status of the Ouya. That would be greatly appreciated. :)

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      ddbelyea on

      The only benifit of SD cards vs. USB drives are that SD cards are smaller, and more suitable for mobile devices. The OUYA is not a mobile device, so I don't understand the need for an SD card slot.

      USB drives are cheaper (in gb/$) and are definitely more readily available (you can buy one at pretty much any place that sells things). And on top of that, most people have them sitting around their house collecting dust (most companies give the things away constantly). If you really want SD card support, spend the $5 and buy a USB to SD reader (or spend a bit more and get a USB hub that has SD card slots).

    6. Harry Stuurman on

      SD card slot! YES PLEASE! :)

    7. Andrew McLaughlin on

      Time for a new update? Any chance we'll receive by Christmas?

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      Elliot Gindi on

      Awesome. Loving the enhancements. Reading the comments, I'm definitely in favor of the suggested SD card slot. to emulate the cartridge feel and make physical games a possibility.

    9. Guillermo Larrosa on

      @Jim March Well, If that's your case then send them an e-mail, they have already said that people that didn't complete the survey would have another chance if they send an e mail...

    10. Nevar18 on

      @Gus One advantage to SD cards is that, when inserted, they are almost completely out of the way thereby maintaining the appearance and streamlining of the original product design.

      Imagine a mobile phone with a USB port instead of an SD slot. How silly would it look to have even a small thumb-drive sticking out the side because the user wanted extra storage?

    11. Jim March on

      @Guillermo Larrosa, I never got the email, that's my problem.
      When what update says a Survey is coming, and then the next update is survey is closed. THAT'S failure!

    12. Gus Michael Pessolano on

      @The Doctor Or, you could just use the USB port? I'm personally anti-SD card port, don't really see any advantages that cannot be obtained via USB port.

    13. The Doctor on

      In case pure numbers matter: I'd like to join the campaign to get an SD card slot in the machine.

      Besides the obvious advantages to users in regards to storage expansion:
      It'll give game manufacturers a great (and cheap) business oppurtunity to sell hardcopies of games on SD cards.

      It'll give that old 'cartridge' feeling to the game console, and you know you love it too.

    14. OmegaPineapple on

      This is gonna be sick, I'm still very excited for this system. Gimme some Tales games and some Megaman Games please! :D

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      Davone L on

      Hi, What Am I supposed to do if I havent received any email with the survey and choose a username within the deadline ?
      Thanks for your reply.

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      deleted on

      This user's account has been deleted.

    17. Guillermo Larrosa on

      @Jim March WHat is your problem man? What does Boxer 8 has to do with the email getting into your spam folder? There's no "This is spam" checkbox when you're sending an email, you know?

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      Jace Waddell on

      I never selected a username, is there any way I can still choose one now that the deadline has passed?

    19. Jim March on

      @Apriasz Jaroslaw, I get everyone of the Updates Emails, so that's no excuse to say the Survey is in my SPAM folder. If they would have just released an update saying the survey was open, problem solved.

      Again, very disappointed.

    20. Thlayli on

      Hah. I found it and I apparently completed it before the deadline. I need to stop taking Kickstarter surveys when I'm half asleep. Sorry!

    21. Sukxk Oomo on

      Diese News gibt es wie immer auch bei uns auf:

    22. Adrian Cummings on

      Tropical Treasures 2 Deluxe (iOS/Android) Planned in full HD for OUYA too in 2012!

    23. ac on

      get harvest moon and animal crossing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Kurt on

      I'm not sure if I ever got the update regarding selecting a username. Maybe it got lost in my email client's junk mail folder by mistake. Either way I am not sure if I selected a username by the Oct. 12 deadline. Is their any way to check or verify whether one has selected one? I don't mind if I have to select a different one, I just want to be sure to get my founders emblem that I pledged for.

    25. Apriasz Jaroslaw on

      @Thlayli and @Jim March, check SPAM folder :]

    26. Thlayli on

      I never saw the Username survey either! WTF!

    27. Jim March on

      Well that sucks. I never got any email or ANY correspondence about filling out the survey, and now they are saying it's closed???? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    28. Alessandro Saiko on

      Many thanks for the detailed update! Can't wait to get my Ouya!

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      Seth on

      Thanks for the shot of the PCB! Like @Dennis Shannakian, I am wondering if it will be Android 4.1 or 4.2? I ask because I am hoping that the Miracast support announced for both Android 4.2 and the Tegra3 will be implemented in the Ouya. I'd love to by able to send audio/video from my phone through the Ouya to my TV! I also posted about it on reddit:

    30. Dennis Shannakian on

      Great News!
      So is that Android 4.1 or Android 4.2?

    31. Garrood Dynasty on

      @Scott Zupek ... just use a HDMI<>DVI cable - they work in both directions.

      You are completely correct about optical and it's a real shame it's not standard. But you will have to do what I did and go spend an extra $50 on an HDMI / SPIDIF splitter as there is NO WAY to get 5.1 unless you have an expensive HDMI receiver.

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      James Daggett on

      @Scott Zupek If you looked the deisgn plans for the OUYA you would notice that it only has an HDMI port, a USB port, an Ethernet port, and an AC port. DVI wasn't listed in the tech specs at all during the kickstarter campaign. This is a fault of you not researching a product your put your money towards, nothing of the fault of the company. They are supporting the most prevalent technology in industry at the moment.

      As well you won't have to buy a $700 TV, just get an adapter.
      If your TV has digital component inputs (YPrPB/YCrCb) you can get an HDMI to digital adapter :…

      If your TV only has composite inputs (yellow/white/red) theres an HDMI adapter for that too:…

      Again it comes down to researching a product before purchasing. And finding alternatives that are cost effective. Not assuming you need an entirely new set up

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      Smit Shah on

      @Scott Zupek: My 8 year old TV has 3 HDMI ports... not really sure where you're getting the idea that only TVs made in the last 4 years have HDMI. If it's really an issue, you can get an HDMI to component converter for under $40 at monoprice:…

    34. Scott Zupek on

      Just keep in mind that the entire business model is "a cheap, great video game system" but now you are essentially gearing this product towards people that can afford new tv's every few years (myself included). I still have a 720p/1080i Samsung 47" that supports DVI and no digital antenna.

      So now my $99 that I kickstarted (for the spec ed brown version so more than $99) has to be $99 + ~$700USD for a comparible and nice (non Vizio). It's a business model that runs in a different direction than one of the main selling points of the console (the price).

      Add Optical Out...and it fixes all of those problems.

    35. Scott Zupek on

      So no SPDIF/Optical for sound? So OUYA is forcing customers to have 1 - a high def tv and 2 - one purchased within the last 4 years. I know that people around me have HD-TV w/ DVI only. REmember, DVI doesn't carry sound.

    36. Sukxk Oomo on

      Wie immer alle News zur OUYA auf Deutsch nur bei uns:

    37. Apriasz Jaroslaw on

      Nice work with that PCB. It has a size as my Motorola Flipout :P
      Size of Rubik cube is possible, well done:]

    38. Byron Roman on

      Trippy! Haha. Thanks for the update by the way! Happy Halloween for y'all that celebrate it! And happy day for those that don't! :D

    39. Byron Roman on

      No way!?
      Am I being trolled?!

    40. OUYA Creator on

      And my twin works in the game industry....

    41. Byron Roman on

      Oh shiznitz.... Julie has a twin!? >:0

    42. Joseph Abbey on

      Love the update please keep them coming it's getting me really excited to even see the board I really wish to see the Controller since that will be the part you use to control the device and that is one of the parts that got me excited about the project when I saw the video. can't wait to see what you come up with for final production :)

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      Aleksander on

      I am so glad to see that this project keeps making progress, big hopes for you guys!!

      Also if you had to do a stress test in cold conditions, I am up in the u.p. of Michigan and we have a tv that we keep in out enclosed porch that works at -5 degrees Fahrenheit. Would be more than happy to give it a test run for a week.

    44. Adam Rausch on forgot "Don't Panic". Don't worry I know a guy that runs a towel factory. The progress looks great, keep up the great work.

    45. Adrian Tai on

      i mean... sometimes ppl can get worried about this project... then again, they should already know the risk since this is a KickStarter project and there are always risks...

      still, just sharing something similar... see:
      Official: Wikipad launch delayed indefinitely, company making last minute refinements (

      such projects, OUYA included, can make ppl nervous.

      i wonder if the "There is a last minute opportunity to enhance the Wikipad bundle" means a new tegra chip?!? can we get that with OUYA?!? lolz...

      anyway, nice to see another update here from the OUYA team.

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      Omar C on

      In a week or two, everyone will be at each others throats again in the comment section lol :D
      Backer: "We demand more updates updates" T__T
      Another backer: "Stfu about updates!"

    47. Uber Dragon Studios on

      You guys were at the plant itself, I'm assuming? Based on the Chinese can of coke. What was it like?

    48. Jake Friedel on

      Sadly this is the only place to talk about the Ouya without the big 3 fanboys talking about how it won't keep up with current gen consoles. Umm... yeah... it's not supposed to and also costs a fraction of the price.

    49. Kelvin Tong on

      Good to hear from you! Seems like things are progressing nicely.

    50. ShinKagato on

      Awesome update, cant wait to get my paws on this little gem, appreciate the informative and well structured update ^_^