The Ouya was a home console that competed against the Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It used an Android-based system and used an online store. On release, it costed $99.
Why It Flopped
- The very concept of the console itself was a bad idea; mobile Android games are designed to be played on a phone in short doses, not on a TV for extended periods of time. There's so many Android tablets and handheld devices such as Nvidia Shield or the GPD XD, there's no need to make it into a video gaming console.
- If you have a Tablet, an HDMI cable, and a compatible controller, you already have a better Ouya.
- Most people who did own an Ouya didn't actually buy any games and just abused the "free-to-play" demos.
- Poorly designed controller with buttons that frequently get stuck in the frame itself, the right analog stick snagging, no Pause button, unresponsive touchpad, clunky method of replacing batteries, and a lag between the console and the controller.
- Extremely poor internet connection.
- Poor marketing, the Ouya outside of E3 2013 was like selling lemonades.
- Indie developers were not interested because Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN were much better options for them to publish games.
- Poor hardware that had trouble playing games that played flawlessly on smartphones.
- Focused on casual gamers rather than hardcore.
- Many of the games focused on a free-to-play aspect, meaning that while most of the games were free, you had to pay money in order to get more content.
- Lacked games worth playing. The best selling game was Towerfall, but it only sold 7,000 units.
- Close to zero exclusives, giving people no reason to pick an Ouya over any other competitors because almost every game there can be found elsewhere.
- By the time it was released, smartphones and tablets could do what the Ouya did better.
- Its name translates to "vagina" in Swahili.
- This advert. No words can describe how horrible it is.
- It was very easy to hack and mod.
- It's great to use as an Emulator.
- You can use the Ouya controller for the PC and turn it into Xinput (Xbox 360 controller driver) to play games for the PC.
- You could use Xbox One, PS4, and Wii controllers instead of the Ouya controller, but only for compatible games.
Initially, interest in the Ouya was extremely high, being developed through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which raised $8.5 million, making it the fifth highest earned project Kickstarter ever had. Hype quickly dropped and most became skeptical because a Tablet could do already do anything the Ouya offered. Upon release, the Ouya sold terribly and was a commercial failure. In just two years, Ouya Inc. was unable to pay back the debt of an investor and was forced to sell. It was then bought by Razer Inc., which discontinued the Ouya, but not its assets. Gamers that still owned the Ouya could access Razer's Forge microconsole.
The Ouya has a rating of 2.89 on GameFAQs.