OUYA IMPRESSIONS VIDEO
Hey guys, I finally got around to checking out the $99 Android powered gaming console called the OUYA. At first sight this may seem like the perfect mix of entertainment and home theater system, and it actually does a pretty good job.
As always I ran the little Tegra 3 powered device through my usual set of tests and it did actually pretty good. I had installed the version of Android that XBMC has linked in their download section, and unfortuantely as some people on YouTube pointed out it does not use HW acceleration in that particular version. I updated to a newer release that includes HW acceleration and the OUYA performed much better, playing back the 1080p and 720p content that it struggled with before.
The box definitely has some great upsides: it is cheap, plays android games, and runs XBMC pretty well. I personally would not buy one, due to the lack of built in storage space, the fact that I really do not like using a controller as the remote, and that it crashed quite a lot, even with the release version and not the hw accelerated beta. Overall, if you are looking at getting an OUYA anyways to play games on, XBMC will be a nice addition.