Ouya responds to Amazon Fire TV, says it lacks a focus on games

CEO Julie Uhrman says Ouya is "solely dedicated" to gaming, while Amazon's offering is not.

Is Ouya shaking in its boots following Amazon's announcement yesterday of a $99 micro-console that (among many other things) plays video games? Not so, according to Ouya head Julie Uhrman. Speaking with CVG, she stressed that the Ouya platform is "solely dedicated" to gaming, while Amazon's Fire TV is not.

"Just as Amazon blazed a trail for a new way of selling online, Ouya invented a new way to think about console games. But for us, games are not simply an 'added bonus', they are the whole point," Uhrman said.

"Ouya is solely dedicated to the devs creating games, and the players who play them," she added. "Their ideal experience is all we think about."

Amazon's Fire TV device of course does more than play games and was never positioned as a games-first device. It's a streaming box that can play an assortment of movies, TV shows, and music. And though the company's game chief described the Fire TV as "absolutely not a game console," it does play Android games, thus competing with Ouya from that perspective.

The Fire TV features a Qualcomm Quad Core Snapdragon Krait 300 processor with Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Ouya runs a Tegra 3 Quad Core processor, featuring 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, and 8GB on-board flash.

Though Amazon might not see its Fire TV as a game console, it seems to be taking gaming quite seriously. The company recently established an internal game developer called Amazon Game Studios, acquired Killer Instinct Double Helix Games, and even hired Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking. Veteran Halo writer Erik Nylund also works for Amazon on gaming.

Amazon's Fire TV is available for purchase today. You can get the device alone for $100 or through a $140 bundle that includes the system, a Fire TV Controller, and copy of the Amazon-exclusive game Sev Zero. We'll have more on the Fire TV in the days ahead as we get a unit in our office.

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95 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Ouya needs to start working on streaming apps.

cmorticum
cmorticum

For gaming, you can get a better experience by hooking your Android tablet up to your TV and connecting a bluetooth controller. That gives you the entire Play Store with emulation for old consoles (NES!) rather than Amazon's limited collection of games. I mean, RipTide?

meatz666
meatz666

Competition on the best sardine.

vivalaouya
vivalaouya

I am tired of FPS games so that is why I only play on PC and OUYA, much more variety.

rarson
rarson

Amazon's product is the same price, and way more powerful, while Ouya "focuses on games" with a device that does a mediocre job at giving the consumer games. So while Amazon's box does a few more things besides gaming, Ouya's only does gaming, poorly, for the same price. Anyone who wants to focus on gaming is better served by buying a PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, or PC. There's literally no reason to buy an Ouya.


You want to complain about Kickstarter screwjobs? Complain about the fucking Ouya.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Ouya??  I want to hear from Nintendo!  This not-a-console has just as much memory and a stronger processor than the Wii-U!

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

I was wandering about VitaTv, Games on a Stick and other similar types that I can´t remember right now. 

°J° Is there a portable Tv streaming top boxes/consoles WAR that is heating up at this moment OR is it just my imagination?


jim_peterson
jim_peterson

Ouya isn't threatened by Amazon, it can continue to fail all on it's own, thank you very much.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Yes, cause the Ouya is selling so well.

neonakaa
neonakaa

AKA ''Our console barely sells, so we are bashing other consoles''

Marky360
Marky360

Well personally I think the Fire TV looks leagues more interesting then the Ouya specifically because it DOES do more then just play games. And it seems the games it does play aren't all that bad so even though the Ouya Was already pretty much dead this thing is like the nail in the coffin for it.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

What a coincidence neither is the XBone.

Furwings
Furwings

Arguing over which of these two is better is like if there were an ongoing debate on which is more disgusting, diarrhea or vomit...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

OUYA has games? WHAT!? This is OUYA talking ABOUT Amazon? 

How do they have the right to say anything to anyone else criticism or not when their console is none existent? A friend of mine while in a game shop the other day asked me what that funny little controller was in a display case. He had never heard of the OUYA till that point.

stuff238
stuff238

Ouya is amazing guys! Look at all the amazing AAA games that get released everyday on it!........... LOL

Barighm
Barighm

Wise men think they're fools, and fools think they're wise. Here is Ouya saying they've got games but have proven otherwise. Here is Amazon saying they DON'T have games, so they've hired some excellent talent and provided the means to make actual AAA titles via controller support to deal with their weakness.

It's hard to say what will happen with Fire TV, but so far I'm seeing Amazon making all the right moves.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Ouya is 'solely dedicated' to gaming, while Amazon's offering is not" So Amazon's Fire TV is like the Xbox One, right? Lol, kidding, I don't want to enrage any of the fine people here.



amaneuvering
amaneuvering

If the gamers is all they think about they might wanna at least take a look at Amazon's controller because from what I've seen it's a damn site better than theirs. Better still, how about looking at the Xbox One and PS4 controllers too...

xantufrog
xantufrog

Ouya vs Fire TV - the true next-gen console war

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

This is just hilarious. The Ouya doesn't have games to be played in it, so how is it focused on games? I haven't heard of a single game announcement for the Ouya since it's release.

kingtrax
kingtrax

This is like in school when a nerd starts a fight with another nerd in the lunchroom.  Funny, awkward and uncomfortable to watch.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The Ouya is a gaming device and Amazon is sort of but not quite a gaming device. The market for android games on a big screen television is niche at the best. Ouya vs Amazon will go unnoticed for the most part.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I remember Ouya... that was a simpler time.

Uhrman: "Ouya is solely dedicated to the devs creating games"

Wait, what?  Ouya is still around?  That can't be right....

...

Riddick123
Riddick123

LOL...Ouya.  Everyone in the console business quakes in fear and cowers in the corner when the Ouya is mentioned.

devilzzz1983
devilzzz1983

Ouya vs Amazon ....

 The battle of who the heck cares about these consoles or whatever cuz I know I don't

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

Everyone already knows this. The guys at Amazon confirmed this to us themselves.

blackace
blackace

Ouya is still crap Julie. Deal with it!!! Amazon has already said that the Fire TV is not a game console. Not sure if Julie missed that announcement or not.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

i would not purchase either of them, but to me it looks like amazon has the advantage in the exclusive games department. they have a ton money to invest and have already purchased a number of studios to make games specifically for their hardware. as for the ouya? they have no worthwhile exclusives at this point and the good ones they did have, such as towerfall, has since been ported to psn.


make no mistake, those at ouya are very concerned for their jobs at the moment. and they were even before the amazon fire was announced. 

wilhelmalexis
wilhelmalexis

ouya: that's what my girlfriends say when i f-k them.

rarson
rarson

@Marky360  

Probably because this thing is actually pretty cutting-edge hardware-wise, whereas Ouya was old tech when it was announced.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@xantufrog You've got your PC vs console war, your xbox vs PS war and now your Android powered Ouya vs Amazon Fire TV war. More options (for war, raaagh!) is always nice.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DiamondDM13 Well, how many Android games do you normally hear about? For better or worse, this site as well as most other gaming sites, are focused on the major established consoles and PC.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@blackace  you mean Eddie he called it a micro console Julie was on point it's a tv app thingy ouya is a game console focused on gaming.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Xristophoros The one screen shot of one game from a previous article, The game at first glance looked like Halo. But I highly doubt it would be comparable.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@lonesamurai1 @HurvlOh, I've gathered enough kindling to let the flames grow strong with that little comparison. Perhaps I'd need to call it the TVbox, a console more concerned about tv and other stuff than games, say that the Xbox One isn't "solely dedicated to gaming" and that in that regard it's similar to the Amazon Fire TV. Not that I think so, because that would give the Amazon Fire TV too much credit.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Hurvl Cry "havoc!" and let slip the hogs of war 

- Archer

bmstokes
bmstokes

I hear about Android games all the time.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@Hurvl @DiamondDM13 Are there any other actually gaming platforms? I don't consider stuff like Angry Birds and Flappy Bird games, just applications to tap the screen of a cellphone. There's also those applications designed to get users to waste as much money as possible into them with microtransactions and very little else.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Pr0ving4Gr0undz @HurvlNintendo plays in its own league, with more and better exclusives than the rest and besides, it's too family-oriented to be mixed up in a war.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DiamondDM13 @HurvlGoogling for "Razer Edge Android" shows that one of the possible alternatives was an Android powered version, so perhaps that's why I thought it was Android powered. From anandtech:

"Razer tried an interesting tactic with Project Fiona (Razer Edge's previous name) – they turned to their Facebook and Twitter followers late last year to get feedback on what exactly the final product should look like. The choices offered were a thin, light, inexpensive ARM-based Android tablet, a Windows tablet with Ivy Bridge and integrated graphics, Ivy Bridge and a mid-range dGPU, as well as the when-pigs-fly option of a GTX-class graphics card". The Razer Edge runs on Windows 8. 

From Wikipedia: "Nvidia Shield runs on Android Jelly Bean" so that's at least an Android console. 

I don't think you're missing out by not having heard of the M.O.J.O. 

I only mentioned Steam Machines, because it's different from consoles and PC's, which would perhaps make it yet another gaming platform.



DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@Hurvl I though the Razor Edge was basically a PC, meaning I include it in the PC category. The Nvidia Shield would be mostly the same. M.O.J.O. never heard of it. Steam Machines are PCs. And the most important thing here, all of these have actually games to play. What can you actually play on a Ouya?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@DiamondDM13 @HurvlWhat I consider gaming platforms are PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii U as well as the portables 3DS and PS Vita, but I don't deny that people play games on other platforms. There has been an uprising in Android powered consoles as of late. There's Ouya, then the Razer Edge tablet (not just a tablet, according to the site: "It’s a Tablet, It’s a PC, It’s a Console"), Nvidia Shield, the M.O.J.O. from Mad Catz and perhaps others. Smartphones and tablets are their own platforms and then there's of course the Steam Machines, but they're not released yet.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@blackace @BamaGoatt  obviously she did because she says they are not focused on gaming take off the hate glasses and read it.