Ouya devs open up on sales figures for new console

Results vary, from TowerFall creators selling 2,000 game units at $15 each to Knife Media breaking even with its twin-stick shooter Red.

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Developers for the recently launched Ouya console voiced their opinions on Edge and Gamasutra about how each of their various titles have sold so far.

Indie developers seem to like the Ouya, though sales numbers seem above average at best.

Developer Matt Thorson, who created TowerFall, said that the game performed well, selling 2,000 units at $15 each. "Sales have been surprisingly high for a new game on a new console. The game has definitely proven itself on Ouya, I think there's enough demand to warrant bringing it to PC," he said.

Developer NimbleBit's title Nimble Quest was downloaded 6,508 times and was purchased 122 times, bringing the total profit of the game to $427. Cofounder David Marsh said that he would recommend the Ouya for indie developers who are familiar with the Android and are curious about the console. "It's probably not going to be a huge source of income compared to other platforms, but it's dead easy to submit a game and get it into the store. It's the only console right now with a truly open store, which makes it interesting and worth supporting if you want to see more open platforms. It's also a great device to have just to check out all sorts of neat experimental multiplayer games that are already popping up. I think it's a step in the right direction," he said.

Knife Media's cofounder Jack Shiels said that sales for the company's game, twin-stick shooter Red, were adequate at best. "We broke even within two-and-a-half-weeks, whilst sales are currently sitting at just below 400. Right now that doesn't seem like a whole lot, but there aren't a significant amount of Ouyas out in the wild right now. I reckon by year end we will have a clearer picture," he said.

Ryan Wiemeyer, co-founder of the team The Men Who Wear Many Hats, said that the game Organ Trail sold about half of what his low-end predictions were. "Last I checked we were at 501 purchases from 13,112 downloads (a 3.8 percent attach rate). This accounts for about 0.1 percent of our total Organ Trail sales to date (which is over 400,000). So, I don't even know if it was worth the man hours yet. Then again… Organ Trail was a pain to add controller support to and that was the bulk of the port."

For more information on the Ouya, check out GameSpot's coverage on the console.

Discussion

92 comments
megakick
megakick

The controller is half the price of the console. The only good point is Ouya uses Linux, Open environment.

If you like to program, YAY!

If you intend on just playing games, MEH...

msdos622wasfun
msdos622wasfun

I'm very tempted to get one of these.  At least at $99 it won't hurt me in the wallet too much, so it seems pretty low risk to me.  I like the idea of supporting something that is trying to get off the ground.  If there are no adopters, then sure, it's not going to go anywhere.  Granted, some people in the gaming community might be turned off by some of its features or its funny controller or whatever, but then again based on what I've seen, I actually like the look of some of the games that they offer.  I think I saw a couple of soccer titles that look really fun.

Arab_Spring
Arab_Spring

I really don't understand some of the comments here. Everyone is talking about how the ouya is great for the little guy, and how it's helping the indies etc. well I am NOT an indie developer, I am a gamer, so how is the ouya good for a gamer is the question not how it is good for devs. Am not here to say it sucks or to say its great but am here to tell people that we should consider it from a gamers point of view. Gamers judge consoles by the quality of play, not by how good it is to devs.

blackace
blackace

Indie developers complaining about the Ouya and their sales is hilarious. It looks like Ouya probably sold about 40-50K units so far. People who are trying all these FREE Indie games aren't killing themselves to purchase many of them. The controller for the Ouya is a mess. It's not even worth owning for that reason along. Luckily it supports the DualShock 3 controller or it would be a paperweight. It'll be interesting to see if the owners of the Ouya add support for other controllers like the XBox 360 or some PC controllers.

http://www.polygon.com/2013/7/23/4549332/ouya-review

youngzen69
youngzen69

Never had a interest in the platform and never will. A console has to have a reason to exist and the Ouya has no reason.  Most causal gamers are content with playing their Indie games on their smartphones so no potential audience there. Most hardcore gamers can already play Indie games on their PC's or existing consoles so no potential audience their either. Who is the potential audience for this console?

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

I honestly never really understood all the hype behind this console.  I mean, I would be happy enough if it took off just to add to the console competition, but I honestly don't see how that happens.

Gargus
Gargus

I was sorry I wasted money on mine. It was slow, the controller sucked, the games cost too damn much and I was overall unimpressed.

Luckily I made my money back on ebay.

But between my smartphone I have a mogu and a ps3 controller hooked to, and my PC I can do everything a ouya does and about a million other things.

noobbreaker
noobbreaker

Ouya needs to sell massive units and game cost would need to come down... but there is no game i have been interested in at all on Ouya.... people need great games worth buying

GreenvaleXYZ
GreenvaleXYZ

The Ouya accommodates small developers and those who are interested in playing their games.  It's great for retro gaming.  It's inexpensive.  It's very hackable.  And you can at least try every app/game for free.

Why all the negativity?

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

Ouya wasn't intended to be a graphical powerhorse, it's designed as an open platform for the little guys to break into the gaming industry. That being said, I don't even think most big studios can back the 8gb of ram they're planning to put in next gen consoles, other than as "my gun is bigger than yours" 

lucivar1
lucivar1

It will  probably be better than a  PhonyStation 4. Doubt it will brick on a download and be offline for 2 months, from another hack.

pcty
pcty

"I think there's enough demand to warrant bringing it to PC,"

That is exactky why I think the OUYA is pointless, all the worth playing games will be ported to more popular platforms. 

Theoretically the OUYA is a nice idea, an open space for developers sounds amazing but in the end even indie developers will prefer to face the burocracy of other platforms to reach a broader audience.

cornbredx
cornbredx

I think the sales figures will look better as better games come to the platform. Things like Double Fine's Broken Age may fare better. 

We'll see. I still think this is an interesting console, and really it's still to early to tell where it goes. From what I can tell the controller is the worst part and it seems like that is something that can be fixed. Plus its an open system so you can just attach a different controller if you want (with some work).

Hurvl
Hurvl

"was downloaded 6,508 times and was purchased 122 times", " 501 purchases from 13,112 downloads (a 3.8 percent attach rate)" - Uhh, what do they mean by this? Did they allow people to download a demo or the whole game and then leave it up to the customers to purchase or not? Do they mean downloaded as in pirated? These numbers sound really odd from a financial perspective.

Tyberis1
Tyberis1

I think it will do really well once given the chance. It will easily be as successful as the Neo Geo and Turbografx-16. Wait.....what?

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

for $100 you can't go wrong this with little consol in my opinion, I also think it sets a good example to try something new in the gaming industry,I'm gonna grab mine next week.

Sure it might not be a superpowered console but with 1 gb of memory ( more than 360 by double ) and a tegra 3 soon to be 4 processor it can still deliver fun you experiences and also gives you the opportunity to play lots of android games on a tv, and with cell phones and tablets getting more powerful so will the Ouya.

Sure it might not have a 3.6 ghz processor like 360 or a fancy cell processor like PS3 but it's not really the same kind of console.

I urge any gamer who wants to keep seeing innovation in the industry to pick one up and give it a try, for less than the price of 2 new games I think it's a purchase most people won't regret.

Kudos to the people at Ouya for trying something new and to developers who are porting games over and even making Ouya exclusives, long live innovation.

msfan1289
msfan1289

I bought the OUYA 2 weeks ago from best buy, and i must say its a cool little console. its worth the $100,  and if you look at it the $100 your paying for the controller so the console really is $50. 

Anyway. its a cool console, i can totally see how this is a good platform for indie devs, but it dose lack games as of right now. this is why I myself is looking to develop games with my team only for the OUYA. the way the OUYA is right now, as a indie dev, its a open market that you can quickly get your foot in the door.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

There are potatoes, there are small potatoes, and then there is the curious case of 400 units breaking profit.

These potatoes are micropotatoes.

Mercadeo
Mercadeo

every "hopes", but no body really seems that they want to buy

SilentAssassin
SilentAssassin

I didn't even know this thing got released yet.  HAHA

AMG
AMG

I have no interest in the platform, but I hope developers do well and people are enjoying it.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Very understandable. I'll only support OUYA if the games under it are great, which is a hard bargain for all starting consoles.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

oh OUYA.....  No more beer this time?

GermanBomber
GermanBomber

I can't get over the name...

OUYA is like something I would shout right before an orgasm.

OUYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA...

Gargus
Gargus

@GreenvaleXYZ 

Because a smart phone and a 5 year old laptop can do everything it can and about a million things more.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@Clownbabby 

Ouya was never intended to be a graphical powerhorse. As long as the sales aren't completely abysmal, the creators of Ouya have the ability to plan their next move/console, and yes, given a few killer apps it fully has the potential to upset Xbox one or Ps4

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@pcty Honestly the thing is truly pointless.  A lot of the games on the thing look like they would run on a netbook.  PCs would probably be a lot more profitable for indie gamers as the install base is already there to buy it.  They just need to promote the title they are putting out.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@pcty 

I disagree. It's no less profitable than any android based device. It just takes better games to make the console more marketable. AAA companies are all about money. One killer app and (insert big studio here) will be writing ouya games in a heartbeat. 

dpadam450
dpadam450

@Hurvl Welcome to the world. Have you read the internet? The OUYA has demos for all games. Demos downloaded vs Upgraded/Purchased units.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@mkeezay22 I'm really starting to get sick of all of this crap about trying to innovate with new controllers or new kinds of game systems.  How about innovating with the controllers we have?  Games like Locoroco and the total sleeper hit Dissidia FF show what can really be done with traditional buttons.  Something else is that people don't think about the fact that games that are old and tired to us will one day be new and fresh to the next generation of gamers.

guzhead
guzhead

@msfan1289 I'm thinking of getting one for NES and SNES games.  How's the emulation on the system?  I've heard it's glitchy and button mapping doesn't work when two controllers are plugged in.  Do you know how the image quality is?  when I run some games on my computer like Donkey Kong Country SNES; if I enlarge the window it gets pixelated.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@msfan1289 I'm making a game right now but need help, if you want to know the game idea and try to help pm me

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PixelAddict But making a profit is sweet, so they're sweet potatoes I'd say.

GreenvaleXYZ
GreenvaleXYZ

@Gargus @GreenvaleXYZ Sorry you had a bad experience with yours.  Actually, the first unit I bought was defective, but I returned it and bought another one, and I'm really happy with it.

I understand the anger, but not the ignorance of facts.  The Ouya's price is very competitive, and there are benefits for developing for a "mobile" platform.  How much do most high quality smart phones cost?  And if you're selling a 5-year-old laptop for $99, I assume it's about to die.

Those Mogus look pretty cool, and inexpensive, too!  Maybe you're right, time will tell...

komuchen
komuchen

@OneStrong2 No it doesn't. It's no competition, it's not even close. You can give Ouya killer apps, but this won't replace first party from Sony, MS or Nintendo. Also, the sales are weak, because they want 99 pounds for this, and there is nothing reediming it except demos and one thing. It's good for all of us, who don't want to screw around with cables and everything to just play NES, SNES and Genesis, instead you have it in one place. That's it.

pcty
pcty

@psx_warrior It is not that easy to promote your own product, that is why the created the platform to let anyone publish their own games but this idea is extremely flawed because nobody has an OUYA.

pcty
pcty

@OneStrong2 When you develop for other Android platforms you are reaching a much larger installed base composed by tablets and smartphones but when you are developing to the OUYA you are reaching a very small audience.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@dpadam450 @Hurvl Umm, yeah, well demos are an endangered species nowadays in my opinion and it doesn't say anything about demos in the article, so excuuuuuse me for asking.

komuchen
komuchen

@guzhead  It works fine for NES and SNES games, but N64 is worthless piece of shit like the controller.

banderweir
banderweir

@guzhead @msfan1289 If the SNES games still run in their native resolution it will still pixelate due to the image being stretched up to probably 1080p (or whatever your resolution is). 

There may be some sort of upscaling plug-in/option for SNES emulators in existence (like dolphin), but I have no idea.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@highlanderjimd @GermanBomber I can hardly pronounce his last name (Laboof? Labeef?) so I'd have trouble shouting it. I'm also not into guys, but to each his own.

pcty
pcty

@psx_warrior No doubt about it just buy a  controller for any average netbook and you have more and better games than the OUYA.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@pcty Yeah.  I guess it would be a lot easier to have people discover your game on Ouya vs. PC, but PC has a billion or more installed user base vs. a few thousand still.