It's gaming console season this November with new technology hitting stores in the form of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. While the consoles certainly top our holiday wish list, the excitement has us ready to get back into the gaming spirit in its many forms. From an indie console gone big to a racing game built on robotic intelligence to new hits on a classic dance title, these are the POPSUGAR Tech must haves for a November that'll have us glued to gaming.
Your Ouya just arrived this week. Here's how to make the most of it. This post has been shared from our friends at ReadWrite.
By Lauren Orsini
The high-resolution glitz of E3 takes a backseat to an unusual, lesser appreciated side of gaming. Who needs a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One when you can get your hands on the underdog challenger console Ouya, starting today?
Since Ouya makes it easy for anyone to develop their own game for free, there’s a huge variation in the levels of quality you’ll encounter. You’re probably not going to find the next big budget AAA game, like Last of Us, on Ouya. But you just might find the next indie hit like Limbo. Ouya is a marketplace for indie games to thrive.
I’ve had my Ouya for a week now. In that time, I’ve found some diamonds, but just keep in mind they’re all homebrew diamonds in the rough. Here are six of my favorite picks, all available in the Ouya Discover store right now.
Hidden in Plain Sight
What makes Hidden so addictive is a shocking twist on the one part of gaming we usually take for granted — knowing which avatar on the screen is supposed to be the player. In this simple-but-tense timed multiplayer, gamers must first find their avatars. This is a lot harder than it sounds, especially when there are 30 identical ninja avatars walking around the screen. Hidden’s 16-bit graphics only enhance the difficulty.
On Ouya, you can play two of Hidden’s scenarios for free indefinitely. If you want more, you can unlock three other modes of play for a donation of $1 or more.
The Secret of Universe Alpha
Blunt graphics (pictured above) and booming dubstep remind you this game was made in somebody’s spare time. But its gameplay - complete with world exploration, dungeons, puzzles and challenging boss battles — harkens instead to everything that was good about our favorite 90s platformers. In Universe Alpha, you are an explorer making first contact with aliens, shooting down bad guys and charting the literal center of the universe.
Developed exclusively for Ouya by Dreamzle, you can download Universe Alpha in its entirety for free on Ouya Discover.
The Android-based OUYA gaming system ($99) is finally available in retail stores nearly one year after its successful Kickstarter campaign ended. But you'll have to act fast if you want an OUYA, because the small, Rubik's cube-sized console is already sold out on Amazon and Target.
So what's all the buzz about? OUYA is a developer-friendly, open-source video game console that promises to put the power "back into the hands of devs and gamers." With Microsoft backpeddling on its draconian Xbox One rules and PlayStation forcing social features on its users, it's about time for some disruption in the gaming market.
We think this pint-sized gaming system is poised to poach gamers from PlayStation and Xbox — and here's why:
- Affordable — The PlayStation 4 will retail at $400 and the Xbox One will cost you $500. The OUYA, on the other hand, is priced at $99. The next-generation console is the most budget-friendly system yet.
- Beautiful design — Yves Béhar, Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone and the man behind the Jawbone UP band, designed the small, pocketable console. Inside of its pretty package, OUYA holds an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage.
- All games are free to try — The company is offering all of its 178 games in 1080p for free to try. Your credit or debit card won't be charged until you choose to purchase.
- EMUya — This NES emulator, available in the OUYA game store now, will run Zelda, Super Mario Kart, and more Nintendo classics on the device.
- Media streaming and entertainment — Since the console is Android-based, it can also run apps and stream TV shows, music, and movies on the big screen.
- Open-source — The console is making itself extremely hackable by offer developer tools free with the purchase of an OUYA. With tens of thousands of Android developers in the market (a Quora thread suggests over 65,000), there is lots of potential for games and apps.
Sure, there aren't any triple A titles like Halo or Call of Duty available on the console and its graphics processing power isn't quite up to par with the Xbox or PlayStation. But, it will appeal to a budget-conscious mass market who's more interested in mobile gaming than consoles, anyway.
Will you opt for OUYA instead of an Xbox or PlayStation this year? Let us know if you think the Android-powered gaming cube is the most cutting-edge console around.
EMUya, an NES emulator, has been submitted for review and will be available on the OUYA at launch. Early Kickstarter backers received their consoles last week, and OUYA will be available at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target for $99 starting June 4.
What sets OUYA apart is its Android-powered operating system, which gives developers open access to create the type of games that have set the mobile market on fire.
Watch OUYA run Zelda, Super Mario Kart, and more after the break.