Ouya Responds To Negative Console Reviews
The Android-powered Kickstarter console, Ouya, is set to release in June but backers of the console have already received their consoles to rather mixed responses. Several sites have gotten their hands on these early-release units and generally published less than glowing reviews which cite a number of issues with the console.
The reviews mention technical and stability issues in addition to a lack of marquee titles on the Marketplace. Engadget and The Verge both mention controller lag to be severely problematic while the Android UI suffers from poor design choices and missing features.
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The console boasts a marketplace consisting of 104 games, which is pretty good for a launch collection. However, it has been said that there isn’t much to interest players. There’s no exclusive title that will grab players’ attention. There is also the issue of not being able to see how much a game costs until you download it and start playing for free.
One praise that was sung is the ease with which a Ouya can be hacked/unlocked which makes it perhaps the most open gaming console in the world or at least it could do so.
Ouya has responded to these reviews by issuing a statement to GI.biz in which a rep emphasised that these early console were not fit for review purposes and that a second wave would be sent out when the console launches in June. This next wave of Ouyas would all the technical issues fixed. That’s all good and well but then why send out consoles with issues in the first place? It doesn’t exactly seem like the best way to treat the people who helped fund your console.
The message reads, “We will be making Ouya review units available in early to mid-May so that you are able to review the more complete consumer experience and prepare your coverage in time for the June 4th retail launch.
“To clarify for you – Ouya has sent no review units out to press. Any reviews you have seen online are a result from individuals who received early backer units from supporting our Kickstarter.”
I like the idea behind the Ouya and the fact that it was born out of Kickstarter. It is also the size of a Rubik’s cube which is awesome. That said, this whole business with a second wave of ‘fixed’ Ouyas smells off to me. Why send out a defective batch then? Actually, how can you say the console is not ready for review?