OUYA console refresh brings more storage and updated controller

January 31, 2014
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It has been several months since we first saw this discussed, however it seems the OUYA game console has gotten a bit of a refresh. The update brings a few changes including a "refined" controller, improvements to WiFi connectivity and doubles the storage. This latest OUYA is sporting 16GB of internal storage, just like the white limited edition model that arrived during the holiday shopping season.

Otherwise, the folks at OUYA have also said this refreshed console will arrive running the latest firmware. Basically, that last bit just seems to suggest those making a purchase should be able to go from the box, to playing with a bit less of a delay. That all having been said, along with these few improvements -- there has also been a bump in price.

The 16GB OUYA game system is selling for $129. But for those who are looking to pick up an OUYA on the cheap, or for those feeling like they can live without the refined controller and extra storage, rest assured in knowing the older 8GB model will remain available. More important here, that 8GB OUYA will remain priced at $99.

Along with availability direct from OUYA, the game console is also available with several retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Target. Along with this latest console and controller update, there are also spare controllers selling for $49, controller faceplates selling for $9.99 and a "couch gamer bundle" (the 8GB system) selling for $219.95 which includes the OUYA, four controllers and a $10 game credit.

VIA: Kotaku


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  • Jason Williams

    who is buying this thing? I don’t understand the appeal at all. It tries to be a light console and fails miserably.

    • FutureGamer

      Fails miserably, how so? Please explain. You make it sound like you own the system.

      • Jason Williams

        it doesn’t do what it set out to do which is to be a legit low cost contender in the console market. It’s clearly an afterthought in the marketplace.

      • warlord29

        It was never meant to be a competitor to the big 3, I can’t believe you seriously thought that.

    • phor11

      Well back when it was kickstarted, a lot of people bought into it as not only a “console light”, but also one of the cheapest media center options.
      Obviously now we have a even cheaper competition in that space with the chromecast.

      The ouya itself is a really nice piece of hardware. It’s just the controller that “fails”.
      I think it would have been WAY more successful had they sold a “no controller” option for $50-$60 and written drivers for off-the-shelf bluetooth controllers like the ps3/4 controller and/or written a “touch control” app for cellphones that you could pair with the ouya.

  • boonesimpson

    my ouya is collecting dust, the orig controller was very bad for my needs.

    Wish there was a discount or trade in program for backers to get the new controller.