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Ouya moves forward despite dissapointing launch

by Jeremiah on November 21, 2013

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Amidst the release of Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen home consoles, little mainstream attention was given to the Ouya. The Android-fuelled console finally hit the shelves recently after months of fundraising via Kickstarter.

However, this understated piece of hardware faced some harsh criticism upon its launch. Firstly, the Ouya came under fire for its lack of original game titles. With very few exclusive games to its name, the Ouya’s library has left gamers disappointed. Many games announced for the console, such as The Walking Dead, are already available on other platforms, such as iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Additionally, despite the fact that the device is Android-powered, users are unable to access stock Android games without resorting to hacking.

Other complaints included the poorly constructed controller that comes with the console upon purchase. The design has received some praise, thanks to its attractive style and analog sticks, but its precision is lacking. Although probably a move by the Ouya team to keep costs down, the fact that the controller is battery-powered and not rechargeable is another issue that reviewers have voiced.
The Ouya is a decently powered device, featuring a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM and 8GB of on-board flash storage. It also has an attractive price tag, retailing at just $99. But it’s limited capabilities has left many asking whether there was any need for an Android console in the first place.

With mobile gaming continuing to boom, offering players access to casual and in-depth apps, as well as online sites such as Royal Vegas Casino, creator and CEO Julie Uhrman identified a potential gap in the home console market. But many smartphones and tablets deliver impressive graphical fidelity and processing speeds, and some high-end models are even able to connect to TVs via a mini-HDMI or other A/V port. Many Android players will already own a smartphone or tablet, making the need to shell out for this new home console seem redundant.

Urhman has addressed some of these issues already, taking to the stage at the XOXO festival in Portland to say: “We’ve done a lot of things wrong, and make a lot of mistakes. But I think one thing that’s unique about us is that we’re gonna continue to make them.

“We’re young, we’re scrappy, we’re moving fast. We’re building this product out in the open with you. We got our start with you, we get better every day because we listen to you, and some things are going to resonate and some things aren’t.”

The Ouya creator has also announced that the console will receive a comprehensive user interface redesign later this month. This updated interface will make it easier for users to discover and access new games.

Along with a greater focus on game cover art displays, the Ouya update will also introduce support for USB storage devices. Users will be able to download and queue games from the online platform and will receive custom recommendations, which will be delivered through a modified system menu.

Ouya has yet to confirm an official date for the console update.

Turtle Beach Releases Wii U Gaming Headsets

by Johan on September 19, 2012

Turtle Beach Releases Wii U Gaming Headsets

Turtle Beach has rolled out two officially licensed Wii U headsets. The Ear Force NLa features stereo sound, in-line volume control and a microphone, while the Ear Force N11 is equipped with acoustically angled 50mm speakers for extended bass. The Turtle Beach Ear Force NLa and N11 are priced at $35 and $50, respectively. [Joystiq]

Wii U To Be Available In Japan On December 8th

by Isaiah on September 13, 2012

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Nintendo is reportedly planning to launch their newest video game console ‘Wii U’ in Japan on December 8th. The console is said to retail for 26,250 Yen / $338 for the Basic Set (8GB model) or 31,500 Yen / $406 for the Premium Set (32GB Model). [Hooked Gamers]

Skylander Giants Release Date Revealed

by Isaiah on July 26, 2012

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The release date for Activision’s upcoming Skylander Giants title has finally been revealed. The game is scheduled to hit PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS and Wii on October 19th in the UK and October 21st in the US. [Hooked Gamers]

Nyko PlayStation Vita Speaker Stand

by Johan on April 30, 2012

Nyko PlayStation Vita Speaker Stand

Nyko Technologies has rolled out the Speaker Stand for PS Vita. It is actually a charging dock with stereo speakers, offering dynamic sound for music and movies. There is also an line-in jack that enables you to connect the speaker to Apple’s iPods and other devices. The Nyko PlayStation Vita Speaker Stand is currently available in the United States for $29.99. [Product Page]

Collectors Edition TRON Siren Wireless Controller For PS3

Fans of TRON will be glad to know that PDP has launched the Collector’s Edition TRON Siren Wireless Controller for the Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console. This wireless gaming controller comes with a pearl color finish, precision controller parts, a vibration support, rubber-grips with a soft-touch finish, perforated details and crystal white light-up accents. If you are interested, you can buy the Collector’s Edition TRON Siren Wireless Controller for $49.99 each. [PDP]

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