Android's Ouya game console launched Tuesday and sold out on Amazon within hours. With the Ouya's $99 price tag, it's no wonder! Ouya's debut will soon be followed by a second Android gaming console, Nvidea's Shield. Along with the GameStick, these consoles form a trio of Android's pioneer gaming systems.

So, is the Ouya any good? It depends on what you want. This Android game console is only $99, after all. Let's discuss what you get for that low price tag.

Android Ouya Size

The Ouya is a tiny little dude compared to the game consoles you're used to — and we mean tiny. The Android Ouya size is only 2.95x2.95x3.23 inches. The Ouya's weight is just 11 ounces! The Ouya's corners are rounded inward near the base, and on top is the power button, the only button on the Android game console. The backs of the Ouya features an HDMI output, USB ports, power port, and Ethernet port in case you don't want to use the built-in Wi-Fi.

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Android Ouya Specs


nVidia Tegra 3 T33-P-A3


Quad-core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore (ARMv7-A architecture)

NEON Advanced SIMD extensions and VFPv3 Floating Point unit


nVidia GeForce ULP @ 520 MHz (12.48 GFLOPS)

Hardware 1080p MPEG-4 AVC/h.264 40 Mbit/s High-Profile, VC1-AP, and DivX 5/6 video decode

Memory (RAM):

1 GiB DDR3-1600 SDRAM

USB ports:

1 USB 2.0, 1 microUSB

Video output:

HDMI 1.4; 1080p or 720p resolution, Stereoscopic 3D support.

Audio output:

HDMI (ARC), 5.1 or 2.0 channel

Internal storage:

8 GB eMMC flash memory


10/100 Ethernet (8P8C), 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0

Power consumption:

4.5 watts (gaming), 1 watt (standby)

Power source:

12 volt DC via Coaxial power connector (OD 5.50mm, ID 2.50mm, Center Positive)


75×75×82 mm (2.95×2.95×3.23 in)


300 g (11 oz)


Android 4.1 (Jellybean) with custom Ouya launcher.

(Specs: Wikipedia)

Android Ouya Controller

The Ouya's controller looks much more like what you're used to, with two analog sticks, a direction pad, and four face buttons. There are also four shoulder buttons and one Ouya button, which triggers the menu. The controller is laid out sort of like an Xbox 360 controller layout, and its wireless, with space in the grips for two AA batteries.

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The Android Ouya controller has a few peculiarities. The controller does not have a Start, Select or Back button, which some game reviewers have had an issue with in certain games. The gamepad also has a little black rectangle that acts as a touchpad for controlling an on-screen cursor.

Unfortunately, the Android Ouya controller reviews are not good. PC Mag calls the controller "close to being outright junk." The touchpad, writes Will Greenwald, is "the worst touchpad I've ever used. It's over-sensitive but unresponsive, making the cursor fly around the screen with only little concern for what my finger is doing." That's not where the trouble ends. Greenwald also took issue with the "wiggly" direction pad, and "overly loose" analog sticks. Read the rest of PC Mag's review here.

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Ouya is reportedly planning an update to allow the analog stick to control the cursor rather than the touchpad.

Watch an Ouya unboxing and review below:

Android Ouya Games

So far, the Ouya game selection is limited. A few of the stronger titles available include The Bard's Tale, Final Fantasy III, and The Organ Trail: Director's Cut. There's a goodly fortune of low-profile and indie games available, and the game library could definitely grow and blossom in the future. Gameloft is planning to release at least one game for the Ouya, and a number of indie developers are working on releases for the Android system.

Browse The Ouya Game Library Here!

Here's a big plus for the Ouya game selection, though: Every game is free to try. The system requires every single game to include a free demo download.

Android Ouya System Emulators

One major fun feature of the Android Ouya is the Retro section of the Ouya store. Though there's a bit of blurriness with regard to legal issues, the Retro section is full of Android-based system emulators allowing users to play games from NES, Super NES, and Nintendo 64. Of course, that does imply a bit of illegal downloading of the ROMs needed to actually use these emulators, but the prospect of playing all those retro games on a real console could be worth the $99 all on its own!

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Is The Ouya Worth $99?

Android Ouya's reviews are mixed, but the general consensus seems to be that this little console has big potential. "If enough developers get behind it, it could serve as a thriving hub for independent games and apps," writes Brett Molina for USA Today. "It's just a matter of how soon — or even if — those special Ouya experiences start to shine through."

Did you buy the Ouya? Share your experience in the comments!