Ouya has 10,000 developers

Company reveals new developer milestone for Android-based console; Kellee Santiago says "critics have their job" about early reviews.

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More than 10,000 developers worldwide are making games for the $99 Android-powered Ouya console, head of developer relations Kellee Santiago has told Games Industry International.

At the end of February, the company had signed on 8,000 developers. The console's list of developers ranges from startups to established companies like Square Enix, Double Fine, Tripwire Interactive, and Airtight Games.

"It's really awesome, especially at this early stage of the console still being in the preview period," Santiago said.

She cofounded Journey studio thatgamecompany and joined Ouya last month.

Santiago also addressed some of the early Ouya reviews, which were less-than-kind.

"Critics have their job," she said. "But what I can say is Ouya is a small company and we're very nimble and what's been encouraging about the criticism and the feedback so far is that it's all stuff we're aware of and we're working on. It's great to hear it because we are still in this preview period and we continue to iterate and improve upon the console in a way that no other company can. For our gamers and developers that creates a very supportive ecosystem for them."

The Ouya launches publicly on June 4 through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GAME, GameStop, and Target, as well as through the Ouya online store. Additional controllers can be purchased for $50.

Discussion

310 comments
Tygraph
Tygraph

As long as they make an Android version of that Michael Jackson: Moonwalker game or whatever it was called

obsequies
obsequies

they need to restructure the filter and rating process of the games so people don't get lost in junk

megakick
megakick

Thats nice probably not hard to make ouya games if you already make android phone games...

balintcsikos
balintcsikos

Ouya haters logic: "I'm not going to buy Ouya for 100$ because I can't play CoD 9 on that so I'd rather get a tablet for 800$ to play Angry Birds everywhere!!!!!"

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

GTA Vice City should be playable on this one. For $4 it would be an amazing deal and must buy.


What Ouya needs is some amazing exclusives. Get the guys behind Bastion to make a game.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I thought there were issues with the controllers ?  Hard to want a system if these issues are not worked out by release.  Hopefully the people complaining will get to try out the new revamped controllers and be able to honestly say if there is an improvement or not.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouya

dkdk999
dkdk999

Why couldn't they make it more powerful for 100$ ? I know they aren't going to get revenue from games but it's really that bad ?

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

I wasn't expecting it to outperform smartphones, especially when you consider that a good smart phone costs around $500 bucks with out a contract. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

"...and the feedback so far is that it's all stuff we're aware of and we're working on. It's great to hear it..." Sounds a heck of a lot more positive than "Don't like it? Deal with it!" lol

EvilShabazz
EvilShabazz

Sooo... $99 means cheap hardware.  Andriod means it's an OS not built for gaming from the ground up, like a console should.

Sounds like bargain bin, to me.  What could this possibly bring to the table existing products don't?

PotHeel
PotHeel

"OMG smartphone game console! Will only play Angry Birds on TV! STFU LOL!"

"I feel sorry for everyone who invested in this travesty of a machine! All this will bring about is another gaming apocalypse a la 1983! Leave us newcomers!"

I say, let the machine and the market prove itself once released, instead of judging it months before. Sensationalism generally lacks any sort of logic.

Taegre
Taegre

Seems like we've become so accustomed to niche markets getting crushed that we're skeptical when a company finally offers a solution for those abandoned markets.

Anyway, I don't own a smartphone and this is much, much cheaper and less of a hassle than getting an Android phone, so it's a logical buy for me.

Fursnake
Fursnake

I think I will make "Ouya" the new sound I make when I fall on my face.

Bahamut_10th
Bahamut_10th

Of course it has 10,000 developers. This console appeals more to devs than to actual customers/gamers.

Yet another problem with the industry. What is amazing for someone who develops isn't necessary perfect for someone who just wants to play...

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

People supported this project out of some silly idea of sticking it to the man (aka the big console companies). Now that a bunch of people have worked really hard on it, no one wants it. This is mob-funding at its worse. 

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

i smell 1980's videogame crash are coming to this platform 

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

With all the money the kickstarter raised, I wonder if the company took it upon themselves to actually get specific games made on their own.   I expect this to get games specifically for the tv/controller.  

A lot of the comparisons to tablets may be accurate at the moment.  Yet why wouldn't that change after people get there hands on it.

Whats neat is that every console is it's own dev-kit,  it opens a lot of doors if noobs are willing to learn a few things in the process.  I wanna get one as a toy that may fold into larger projects.



arc_salvo
arc_salvo

People keep talking about the Ouya only playing Android games on their TV, but I'm not sure people realize that the Ouya can do more than that.  It can probably play PC indie games and other light PC/MAC games, and could be a good platform for playing games in that style.

It could also be a good platform for resurrecting more old-school style games like the 2D RPG's and other stuff that's being funded on Kickstarter.  Despite what people say/think there is a viable (if non mainstream) niche audience out there for less hardware intensive games out there such as adventure games and more "casual" PC games that are hard to play on a touch screen and more suited to controllers.

Rocket2Uranus
Rocket2Uranus

this seems like.... a giant cell phone game console.
only cool think about this is that it's open ended.
but i'm sure there will be VERY successful independent game devs who will rise from this. 

personally, i won't be picking this up. 

PC 4 life.

CecilChups
CecilChups

The Good - Open ended, no dealing with third party publisher BS, focuses more on gameplay than fancy graphics. Great for retro enthusiasts.

The Bad- Too many developers, over saturation of bad games flooding the console like the video game crash of 1983.

The Ugly - Will probably only cater to a niche market and the casuals will probably just still use their smartphones for android gaming.

All in all, I hope this thing does well. We need more choices in this greedy industry with crappy business practices like DLC constantly (*cough EA cough*)

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

I have seen many articles comparing this side by side to tablets and phones. Many phones and tablets actually beat it when it comes to frame rates/scores. How pathetic. 

DingKing
DingKing

@balintcsikos Not everyone who dislikes the Ouya is upset they can't play "CoD 9" or Angry Birds. Oh and Kindle Fire HD called and said it's $159.99

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

@DeViLzzz It was apparently the D-Pad.
They confirmed they fixed it.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

@dkdk999 It was rated 92nd on performance for machines running on Android... Not bad but not great.

Will wait until next year when they upgrade it to to Tegra 4.

EvilShabazz
EvilShabazz

Additional controllers for $50?  Really, a controller costs half what the console itself costs?  Red flags all over this one, frankly.

EvilShabazz
EvilShabazz

@PotHeel Yeah, speculation on future products is silly.  Sharing opinions in comments sections, doubly so!

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@PotHeel And yet, logic would point out that a PC is a much better (And existing) open platform (With a "slightly higher" population)... And mobile phones bring better hardware (And the same platform) along with mobility for smaller games.

So, a logical question would be - why get a Ouya at all?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Tribesmaster Like Road Rash? wow cool I'll support th.......Guns? Fuck that.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Sushiglutton No, the only people who wanted it to begin with have already Kickstarted. The people who don't want it *now* are the same people who didn't want it *then* and will continue to not want it in the future.

Millard11
Millard11

@CecilChups The good thing about the bad is that each game has to have a free version that you can try to find out if you like the game or not.

Taegre
Taegre

@TheOnlyConan What do you expect when a tablet or smartphone can cost between $250 to $600 and these guys are offering a console for $99?

vecryn
vecryn

@DingKing Nexus 7 is 199 also which is what I have and i love it

NotCeo
NotCeo

@EvilShabazz $50 is pretty standard for controllers.As much as I think the Ouya is a terrible idea and from what we've seen so far, terrible execution, the controller looks pretty solid.

PotHeel
PotHeel

@EvilShabazz @PotHeel Argument in all essence is ultimately futile, by extension so therefore is life.

Or you could view comment grounds as an interesting forum for debate, either way.

PotHeel
PotHeel

@Daemoroth @PotHeel Not really. Logic would point to the fact that a market for this machine does not yet fundamentally exist. They are taking a blue ocean strategy, which worked very well for Nintendo in the past, no one can deny the Wii's success. Who is to say that that cannot be replicated?

I'm not saying buy or love it, merely to wait before imparting judgement.

Azugo
Azugo

@leviathanwing @Taegre Not to intrude here, but I've done my research.

I own a phone, but it's not a smartphone so I don't have any of those games on it, obviously. If I really wanted those games, I would definitely prefer to buy a $99 piece of hardware over something that's typically atleast hundreds of dollars more, (a smartphone) especially since I already own a phone that does everything I need it to do.

I'm not interested in the Ouya, (or a smartphone, for that matter) but I can see how the Ouya is a cheaper, and more appealing option to some people. 

I'd be saving money by buying an Ouya.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

@DarkSaber2k That's EXACTLY what I thought when I heard about this game. Road Rash is great but it's melee racing, not a gunfight. 

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@PotHeel @Daemoroth Interesting angle, and I can certainly see its validity, however with the Wii it was definitely a blue ocean strategy as no other platform had focused on motion control.

With the Ouya, I have to ask myself "Why?". I know it's an interesting prospect, but no matter which way I slice it, there is an existing product that offers more.

The only thing I see the Ouya have in its advantage is the price, but considering the lack of a decent population, I don't see it having a lot of original titles.

I'm all for another console, more competition can only be good, but honestly (And of course speculatively) I cannot see where the Ouya fits into the market.

We'll have to see what happens.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Are there any must have games that people feel they are missing out on by not owning an Android?