E3 2013 OUYA Hands-on

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At E3 2013, I was fortunate to find the OUYA camp right outside the LA Convention Center. To my delight, I was able to finally get my hands on the console and get a little game time. If you’ve been following the game news you should know that OUYA should be releasing soon, June 25, 2013 for $99.

The early release of the console back in March had its good and bad. With the input of the early adopters, the OUYA team has made several software and hardware enhancements, mainly with the controller. While I didn’t have too much time to explore the ins and outs of the OUYA, I did get to play a few rounds of You Don’t know Jack, a trivia game, and DubWars, a top-down shooter fueled by dub step music. The OUYA controller felt very sturdy and very natural in my hands. The weight was just right and didn’t feel cheap or flimsy at all. I tried to just shake it a bit to see if any parts would just fling off, but everything was as tight as a drum. The games were fun to play, and that’s what it’s all about, having fun. The OUYA is very simple, I picked up the controller and just started navigating the menus, and in no time, I was into a game.

The OUYA isn’t trying to compete with Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo. Instead, it’s building its own fan base and taking games that you could only play on your smart phone or maybe a PC and put it on your HDTV. It’s allowing you to try every single game for FREE just by purchasing the console and sharing that experience with others in the room. You may or may not be split on what new next gen console will dominate your living room, however, at the price point and access to games for free, OUYA is definitely a console you should consider playing.

You can pick up an OUYA of your own on June 25, 2013 on Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target.

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