• A Quick look at OUYA's Controller

    The Android-powered OUYA mini console comes packed with a controller that can connect wirelessly to the console and is powered by two AA batteries. When compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3 controller, there are a few things we like, but things we don't like too.

    First off, the controller doesn't feel as premium as both the PlayStation's and Xbox 360's controllers. In fact, the controller feels very lightweight and creaks in the hand a little.

    The battery placement is a little odd too- to place the batteries you have to pull off the sleeves of each controller handle to place a battery in either side. This can be a little awkward, and when paired with the lightweight feel of the controller, it's never a nice thing to have to do.

    When playing with the controller though, it felt quite natural in the hand and button placement was in a way that we're all used to. The standard four buttons on the left, two analogue sticks placed similarly to the dual shock controllers, and a d-pad and four bumper buttons.

    We found the analogue sticks and D-pad to feel quite stiff when moving though, and restricted use to up, down, left and right instead of a more comfortable 360 degree movement angle.

    Some owners of the OUYA complained of button sticking, but we didn't have that problem ourselves- the button presses felt fluid and weren't stiff or too loose.

    After testing the OUYA controller, it'd be easy to say that you'll feel a lot more at home with the Xbox 360 controller or the PlayStation controller though- and if you don't like the clunkiness of the OUYA controller, you'll be happy to know that it's incredibly easy to pair your dual shock controller straight to the OUYA console via Bluetooth.

    All of our PS3 controllers will also work with the OUYA console, so if you have one of our controllers, you'll also be capable of using it with the OUYA.

  • OUYA Android Mini-Console Is released

    You may have seen a lot of hype for the OUYA, a small console that can be held in your palm and runs off of the Android operating system, the same OS that Samsung's Galaxy phones are based on.

    Surprisingly, this small console managed to rack in millions from crowdfunding on kickstarter, and the company has been busy since then signing deals with game developers and manufacturing enough consoles to meet the demand that has been set out.

    Finally though, the OUYA is now available to purchase by anybody worldwide, and can be picked up off of the website.

    Whilst the OUYA console is miles behind the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of hardware performance and gaming quality, the small box offers a bit of gaming for just $99.

    The console includes a dashboard that can be used to download free games- these games will be similar to the kind of games you can get on Android devices- so expect a lot of arcade-type gaming.

    Is the OUYA something you'd be interested in or are you happy with having mobile games on your phone?

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