Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Unboxing my OUYA Dev Kit

I received my OUYA development kit yesterday! They really shipped them to us when they said they would. These early dev models are special - they have clear casing and say "OUYA DEVS" on them. Here's what was in the box.

Here's a close-up of the back of the console. Power is on the top. Below it is a mini-USB for connecting it to your PC and an Ethernet port. The bottom two ports are the HDMI output and a USB input. I used that one to connect a mouse to navigate the settings screens before I paired the controllers. I actually had trouble getting the controllers paired with the console, and here's why. To put the controller in pairing mode, you hold in the power button for 5 seconds. To shut down the controller, you hold in the button for 7 seconds. I guess I'm not good at counting in my head, so when I would keep the button down just a little too long it would shut down in the middle of pairing. I would like to see a different button used to pair the devices.

Here's a picture of one of the controllers beside the console. They say that the controller design is not final yet, so if you get one in the spring they might look a little different.

OUYA Console and Controller

They even supplied Duracell batteries for the controllers! That was nice, since I don't really have enough batteries in my house right now. And when I was writing this, my wireless mouse needed new batteries.

You put one battery in each side of the controller. I thought that the panels came off a little too easily, and they've already warned us that shaking the controller too hard can pop the batteries out. Hope they address those issues before the final production.

Here's a close-up of a controller. The buttons are labeled O, U, Y, and A. Both sticks are buttons if you push them straight down as well. There's two triggers and two bumpers along the top. My initial impression is that the triggers might be a little hard for me to use but I like the bumper locations.

OUYA Controller