In the past, there were only a few companies that could logistically launch a new console and survive in the market, such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. However, in the day and age we live in now, anything is possible with crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter out there. This was exactly what happened with the Ouya, which was funded through Kickstarter and released to retail.
When you first open the box, the first thing you will notice is how tiny the console is, especially in comparison to pretty much any other console you would ever think of. It is essentially a square box that is about half the size of just the Xbox One or Xbox 360 power brick alone. On the side you will find a port for the AC Adapter, a USB 2.0 port, a microUSB port, an ethernet port, and a HDMI out port. As a result, this system can only be used on televisions with a HDMI input, unless you purchase an adapter. This may be a little disappointing, but pretty much everything has at least one HDMI port these days, and this is the same route that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One took with being HDMI only. Luckily, the console does come with a HDMI cable included in the box.
At first glance, the Ouya controller has the same basic layout as most modern controllers, with almost the exact same layout as the Xbox One and Xbox 360 controller. You have the two analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons, two bumpers, and two triggers. On the very bottom middle of the face of the controller, there is also the U button that works like a start/select hybrid that depends on if you press it once or twice. There is also one hidden feature, the touchpad, which is on the top middle of the face of the controller. This allows you to navigate, especially in the browser, and tap to click.
When you first take the controller out of the box, you will likely be insanely confused as to how to load batteries into the thing. The manual that comes in the box doesn’t mention it whatsoever, and there is nothing that you would expect batteries to be loaded into on the controller. What you must do instead is actually take the left and right faceplates off, which makes you almost feel like you are going to break the controller and put a battery in each side. I had to look this up online when I got it, as I was afraid I would accidentally break it in the process before ever turning on the system.
The main problem with the controller is that it just feels awkward at times due to the shape. While not too different from the aforementioned controllers, something just feels off due to the edges being a little too straight. The trigger buttons are also kind of awkward to hit as a result of them not being ridged in the way you will likely be holding your fingers. The analog sticks feel almost a little too flat, but along with the d-pad and face buttons are serviceable. The touchpad is a nice addition, but has some sensitively issues, which leads to it being more trouble than it’s worth to use sometimes.Ouya Hardware Review,