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 [email protected], 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 [email protected].



The Head Honcho

  • Joseph Mottu

    Hey Guys! Just Curious im work at Best Buy. Will we be seeing your console in stores???

  • chaoswolf71

    I think you guy’s should release some videos , i need them haha, im practically tearing my hair out waiting for this, so much more than any console i’ve bought before haha :D

    • Mike

      I agree. I’d love to see a video of the thing actually working and playing a real game. if there’s already a video like this, someone post a link. :)

    • pr0d1gy

      It’s old but still, it’s cool.

  • sean greaves

    I just wanted to congradulate you all for this awesome exciting project and to give open sourcing a big shout because of you guys are making others understand that no one owns the cyber universe. Also I can’t wait to buy a Ouya, if it’s easy enough, I’ll buy another one for my mother so she can have some fun stuff for such little cost.

  • Leetbaka – DxDark

    Now THIS is what I call an update! :3

    More updates like this in the future! Keep up the fine work!

  • CrazedHatter

    Excellent news on this Julie!

    You guys are doing amazing work to be on target thus far, and I for one am excited about getting my hands on this new magic box.

    Thanks for the update!

  • Aureliano Fazio

    Fantastic news!!
    I can’t wait to have my LE OUYA in my hands!!

  • hizoka0kun

    Good news, the most important of all is that you will be updating the Android version!

  • Aureliano Fazio

    Comment deleted? Why?

    Nonetheless, fantastic news!!
    Can’t wait to have my Ouya!

    • [email protected]

      Hmm – aggressive spam filter? Sorry about that. :P

      • Aureliano Fazio

        Ahh, its okay :)
        Keep up the good work.

        • romesh0001

          My comments keep getting deleted aswell.

      • JBarrar

        It would be awesome if you put a small economical copper finned heat sink on the quad core processor. Maybe a tiny fan to go with it. Just to give it a miniature-computer feel :) if not I guess I will have a fun project to do when you release it!

  • metalchad

    Thanks for the update! However there is something I really want to know… Is the LAN port gigabit?!

  • StarWallace

    I’d really like to see a top view of the controller… we know it has shoulder triggers, but we don’t yet know what they look like… that and i heard somewhere that you revised the d-pad so that it would be more precise than the 360 d-pad everyone is comparing it to… I’d like so see what that looks like as well…

    Also, sick news about Jelly Bean. I have ICS on my SGS2 and it’s trash. Super over hyped and really laggy. I’ve used Jelly Bean and it’s a thousand times better.

  • jonas

    What are the specs on the ouya?
    have that been released yet?

  • Leetbaka – DxDark

    “What are the specs on the ouya?
    have that been released yet?”

    Ages ago : On the main Ouya page on KS.

  • T3KN0GH057

    I have one question on the controller, will there be options for 3rd party controllers? every controller i’ve ever used has cramped my arms hands except for the nintendo wii’s wiimote/nunchuck setup (seperated controllers don’t cramp my arms and hands because i can relax them while playing and i’ve been thinking about developing my own bluetooth controller device along that concept)

    • Rainabba

      Uhh, they DO make their own consoles. They’re called smartphones and tablets. Sure they’re a bit more expensive for the consumer but that’s generally because they do 10x more, are portable, and come with their own screens.

    • Rainabba

      Please ignore my last. It was meant for the following post. My appologies. To address your question though, if you can’t use a 3rd party controller, then I have one more reason to tell people to avoid OUYA. Android supports a full array of controllers and since the games for OUYA are built for Android the only reason you shouldn’t be able to is either OUYA intentionally cripples the unit (which I really wouldn’t expect) OR the games aren’t fully Android compatible (proprietary use of the ODK) which would seem like a horrible idea because then developers have to maintain 2 different code-bases for one game. More likely, the ODK will extend the abilities of Android and then you should be able to do anything you can now with Android AND THEN some.

      Look forward to the official (vs logical) answer to this one.

  • Kimble Moore

    I’m waiting hardly for this console, it’s PURE GENIUS I TELL YOU, I LOVE THE UPDATE AND HOW IT WILL CHANGE YESS! I can’t wait to watch ouya CHANGE THE GAME! just make sure samsung or google try to pull one on you, they may try to make their own consoles >:(

    • Rainabba

      Uhh, they DO make their own consoles. They’re called smartphones and tablets. Sure they’re a bit more expensive for the consumer but that’s generally because they do 10x more, are portable, and come with their own screens.

  • Alex Voda

    On one hand I am glad to see the project move forward to a shipping product.
    But on the other hand I question how wise it is to launch this device with a Tegra 3 since in the same period the first Tegra 4 chip will make its debut.
    A quad+1 A15 SOC with a much more capable GPU and OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL support.

    • Danilo

      People really need to take what you said into account. These technologies will be the heart of mobile gamedev.

  • Athlor

    This is a good update, finally. Jellybean is good news but I still wish you’d still consider usb 3.0. Such a small deal could put the the Ouya in reach of optional fast hard drives and multi-screen usb 3D graphics cards. The next Xbox will have it and give the Ouya some bragging rights over the current gen game consoles.

  • Rainabba

    When the additional dev units show up on your site, will they also be exorbitantly priced or will the price actually reflect an interest in additional developers and OUYA honoring their word about “low entry cost game development for the television”?

    I can buy a TOP OF THE LINE tablet (with a 10″ 2560×1600 screen) next month that will BLOW away the OUYA in virtually every respect and it’s going to cost less despite that and being portable so as a developer I have to wonder why I should pay OUYA so much and help push their sales in any way when I can spend my money more wisely and focus my development on a more broad audience while still allowing them to do everything OUYA can.

    I’m sure I’ve missed something considering how many people have bought into this idea, but for the life of me I can’t figure out what that thing is.

    • Jack Mcslay

      If you buy a top of the line tablet, you will still have to buy an ouya, because ouya has it’s own APIs and no touchscreen, so you can’t expect to just recompile your game and expect to run it on a OUYA.

      Also, buying the ouya SDK grants an one-year priority advertising plan for your games (at least it did during the kickstarter campaign, the current developer version probably offers it, but I’d have to ask to confirm). And a headstart, which allows your game to be on the launch lineup.

    • PervBear

      You do know EVERY unite will be a dev unit right? The only reason for the extreme costs for the first set is due to an early very limited run of the units. Costs a lot more to run a few then to run hundred thousand + units. If money is THAT big of a deal wait until march/April and get one for 99$

  • JadonLevesque

    I can not wait to develop for this! I will port all of my games to the Ouya… They would play better with a controller than a touch screen.

  • Saduga

    Thank you for the update! Awesome job! Can’t wait for it to arrive on my door step! :)

  • milius mesachiel

    Yo there, hope I’m not the only frenchie around …
    hope we’ll meet

    see UL8R


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  • HeCareth

    Will this be Miracast-Ready?

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  • Robert

    Just wanted to let you know that the link in the article actually links to which produces an error… ;)

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  • Wyllem

    I so cant wait to break in to this my head is exploding with ideas DEFF gonna mod this to my car

  • TomasN

    Will Ouya support the wireless display mirroring announced recently among Jelly Bean 4.2 features? I.e. having Ouya attached to my TV, will I be able to mirror display from any of my Android devices to the TV?

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  • Sal

    Wow, I am super excited for the OUYA to come out. One thing tho, systems like the 360 and PS3 plan on when their respective consoles will come out, and order what the latest hardware will be at that time. I was thinking, that when it does finally come out, the Tegra 3 will be quite ancient. Maybe the Tegra 4 might be the better option? I know the OUYA isn’t directly competing with Microsoft or Sony, but wouldn’t you want to give it the best possible chance to succeed? The Tegra 4 is scheduled to be released this year, which would make even the Tegra 4 old by the time the OUYA releases.Thinking forward, games continue to advance at a rapid rate and it would be a shame if the OUYA where handicapped right from the starting gate. Would like to hear your thoughts.

    • Jack Mcslay

      The X360 was already outdated when it came out. Sony tried to ramp up hardware. How well did it work out? Also, you can’t have a processor released in one month and then have a device using it 2 months after. It needs to be throughtly tested to make sure it’s stable. Using Tegra4 would undoubtely raise unit costs and delay the launch in at least 6 months.

    • PervBear

      The Tegra 4 would cost a great deal more and I doubt anyone in the company has the “connections” to get extremely early products to test and and make sure they worked before launch. Which if you did not know is just around the corner (December they are sending out the units to devs). If this idea does well enough they will have better ability to do newer hardware.

  • Abdurrauf

    Google should be proud for this as it is the first Android console.Well Apple doesn’t have one.

  • Melvin Fargas

    Hey since you guys upgraded from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean, it is possible to upgrade from Tegra3 to Tegra4 ? That would be GREEEEAT!! Like Tony the Tiger…lol

    Great update by the way, keep the good and hard work!!

  • Dennis Shannakian

    Great News!
    So is that Android 4.1 or Android 4.2 (both are called Jelly Bean unfortunately)?

  • Justin Goffinet

    Reach out to Mario (badlogic) @ LibGDX!!

    A huge chunk of Android games are developed on this platform, and it has some of the best performance of available frameworks.

    Come on guys, make this as big as you can.

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  • Romesh Abeyawardena

    Do users who missed the back-starters deadline, however pre-ordered on this site, will they also receive a username they can use too?

  • Ouyafreak

    Yeah! Jelly Bean! That’s great! Thank’s for this awesome update! OUYA Rocks! :D

  • dextermorph

    Can non-backers but future buyers,( I plan on ordering a final product my bday is early April ouya is what I’ve asked for all ready) get there username saved, dextermorph, is a username Id like to reserve if possible.

    Tegra 3 is a great choice, I know people like samsungs new chip set but the THD games are so nice. The give Android games equal or better than iOS games; infinity blade etc, graphics wise.

    I am really excited about your product.
    Any plans for PLaystaion mobile app being compatible? Or maybe write in an easy way to “trick” apps into thinking OUYA is another device, one that’s compatible. I’ve done it on rooted android phones. Any way good luck w/production and can’t wait for launch and more news.
    I have NEXUS7 n the Nvision App has article about you guys.

  • Carage

    Great work guys! But is the tegra 3 powerful enough? samsung exynos 5250 or snapdragon s4 pro have much better cpus and gpus. Though I could be wrong. And hope so, because if you are able to nail performance, there wouldn’t be any logical reason left to go with the closed systems from microsoft and sony

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  • Carl Dedrick (DJCarlD)

    Can’t wait to get my hands on my OUYA! Nice to see how much progress is being made so far. Keep the great work, and the continuous updates on the production of the OUYA. I can actually see a great future here for gaming on Android.

  • Dez Litten

    ok so yea..i’m glad that you guys listened to us on that latest o/s…
    really happy about that.
    but you really should put in a exandable sd card slot.
    8 gigs of storage is not enough.
    it’s absolutely inconsiderate of you in fact.
    the lack of color options as well.
    as i have emailed you before.
    why does the special edition only have a different color and NOTHING SPECIAL about it??
    that’s outrageous.
    and with your system being “open”
    your allowing us to root.
    if we install custom ROMS.
    what are the chances of this being a noob/failsafe plan?
    it should be just like installing a game.
    one usb port is eh..whatever.
    i guess we could just slap a usb hub in the back and use that.
    but for the system to be truly open.
    you really need to let us UPGRADE OUR RAM.
    are you even listening to US.

    the CONSUMERS??
    the only reason i haven’t pre-ordered this yet is because the lack of these options.
    and the ability for you to allow US…to choose colors. does matter.
    NOT EVERYONE is going to want plain jane silver back shiny bite in there living room.
    some of us actually like some color to define us.
    i’m begging you.
    i want this so bad.
    but that’s really that’s all that’s preventing me from getting it.
    lack of system upgrade options.
    true flexibility..
    (seriously…what if we wanna slap it 2 gigs??)
    defy history.
    and become legendary.

    • Jack Mcslay

      It’s a goddamn color. You’re are not going to by carrying it around on the street, so why bother with aesthetic details? What if the limited edition differs only in color? The whole point of limited editions is for collectors to brag about having them anyway.

      Adding more storage? External Hard drive. Problem solved.

      Upgrading ram? How do you suppose they should do that? A SODIMM stick is about half as big as the entire unit. Unless you can do precise soldering, that’s out of question.

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  • Zafire

    Will u put a heatsink on the cpu and memory chips?
    So we can overclock and it still wount be to warm?

  • Chrome Gadget

    I know the specs has been officially announced, however has their been any official confirmation from the ouya team with regards to the following specifics?:

    1. The type of tegra 3 utilized ( t30, t33 etc)
    2. The clock speed of the ulp gpu and cpu cores
    3. The type of ram used (lpddr2 or ddr3) and latency


    • Dura

      All your answers is from another site. I dont know if this is allowed, but here it goes…

      1. “Ouya’s creators say it is using the T33 rendition of the Tegra 3, clocked at 1.6GHz”

      2. “A theoretical 2GHz Tegra 3 with 620MHz GeForce cores”

      3. ” DDR2″

      i dont know how true this is, would be nice if Ouya staff confirms it on this site.

  • Dura

    i would like to see some old school games like sensible soccer (updated with all updated to new soccer players), silk worm, lemmings, cannon fodder, super frog, bubble bobble. May be slightly tweaked on graphics, playability should remain untouched. NO i don’t want an emulator. I want it like proper game on this console. just got to negotiate with copyright owners.

    this could be a dream.

    commodore amiga ruled

    • Robinson

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  • Dura

    I’m kind of concerned with tegra 3 gpu. Lot of us is excited about Ouya console because of xbmc media player, from what i know tegra 3 doesn’t have H/W decode AC3 audio, due to Dolby licence. So to decode AC3 it will rely on 3rd party software, not the actual SoC. Also hardware decoding requires much less work for the processor, it would be much smoother and more consistent than using a 3rd party software to decode, (and on top of that software decoding might not be allowed by software aswell, again due to dolby license). My suggestion would be change of gpu to Exynos4412 or snapdragon. please anyone differ to my opinion or thoughts on this, would be nice hear.

    Thank you

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