Ouya Shows Full Controller, Announces Onlive Partnership
The Ouya saga continues apace with the full reveal of the teeny tiny console’s controller, and the first proof that players will have something to do aside from play Angry Birds on it. And all appeared to be well with the universe.
First up, the controller. It’s been seen in partial glimpses, such as the one in the photo atop this page. However, on the Ouya Kickstarter, the Ouya team unveiled the first full picture of the controller. This is, of course, still conceptual, so there isn’t a physical version just yet. The buttons are still placeholder, for now four colored circles though they’re working on changes to that. Here is the current design:
More importantly, it was announced in the same kickstarter post that when Ouya launches, it will come with onlive capabilities built in. As part of the package, “hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers” will be available on demand. In addition, Ouya owners will be allowed to also play these games on PC, Mac, tablets and smartphones (assuming availability). This wil also include access to instant demos.
OnLive’s Bruce Grove included an official company statement:
When OnLive first heard about OUYA, we were excited to see console gaming becoming more available and open. Like OUYA, we came to gaming with a new vision for making top-quality gaming accessible to more people, and we continue to look for ways to expand on that vision.
OUYA is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever. In OnLive’s case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand.
We are pleased to announce that OnLive will be available on OUYA at launch, extending and building on our commitment to make the best games available to everyone, everywhere.
What does that mean for OUYA backers?
OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library—from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders® II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.
OnLive already delivers a premium gaming experience to tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs, connected TVs and HDTVs via the OnLive® Game System or dedicated streaming devices like the VIZIO Co-Star. We’re pleased to deliver the same OnLive experience on the OUYA console when it launches next year.
—Bruce Grove, General Manager, OnLive