Ouya Kickstarters should be angry

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As you may have read, the first wave of the android-powered Ouya consoles was sent to kickstarter backers – and some of those backers have included press, from the likes of Engadget and Polygon. Neither publication was particularly impressed by the Ouya, citing numerous problems with both the hardware and, more crucially, the software. Ouya’s responded to those negative reviews – and their statement should anger just about everyone who paid money for the Ouya to become a reality.

“The version of OUYA shipping now should be considered a beta release, and anyone hoping for anything more is in for some disappointment,”  Engadget says. “It’s simply not ready for retail. The system is rough around the edges in many ways, quite literally when regarding the controller, but the interface and menus also could use work.”

Polygon was equally scathing in its appraisal of the console, saying that:

“Even if the concept is right, the Ouya misses the mark. The controller needs work, the interface is a mess, and have I mentioned there’s really nothing to do with the thing? I’m not even sure the concept is right, either: there are plenty of fun Android games, but currently few that work well with a controller and even fewer that look good on your television.”

To its credit, Ouya has always said that its Android-powered machine would be an evolving platform, but their statement regarding the early negative reviews angers me.

“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,” Ouya said in a statement to Gi.Biz

“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.”

Now what angers me about that, is the thousands of people who kickstarted this thing; who actually made it possible for the Ouya to exist, end up saddled with beta, prototype versions of the console. “The ones we sent to backers are rubbish! We’ll make sure reviewers get proper units!”

Last Updated: April 9, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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