This was taken right off of Amazon and I thought it was worth the read! A decent, forgiving and honest review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It has some potential, but not there yet., June 25, 2013
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: OUYA Console (Console)
I'm a kickstarter backer, and I've had the console for a couple weeks. I don't agree with the reviews that claim the Ouya is the worst piece of hardware released, but I also don't think it's amazing either.
I think the hardware is decent for a $99 console. It's not going to be able to handle any AAA games (unless you use onlive), but it can handle some decent looking games. The controller is pretty comfortable, but not as polished as a AAA console controller like the ones for the XBOX 360 and PS3. The triggers and d-pad leave me wanting more, but they are functional. The rest of the buttons and joysticks have performed fine for me so far. The touchpad is okay, it might get better with updates. One plus for the controllers, they work great with other android devices.
The games/software leave a lot to be desired right now. There are a few gems. For example, Stalagflight is surprising addicting. But most of the current games are simple ports of android games that weren't designed for televisions. Sideloading apps works fine, but not everything runs very smoothly. Sideloaded netflix gives horrible picture quality for example. And some games that should run smoothly on the hardware are laggy.
The potential? Well there are indie games that don't need AAA quality graphics that could be ported to the Ouya, and there are a few games that are in development that look decent. It also will be a great media box if they can get netflix support. XBMC is currently in development, and works for streaming 1080p video over a home network. And of course, it can run emulators for older consoles.
All in all, if you are looking for a game system to play games on, skip this for now. Check back in a couple months when it has more games, and maybe it will get some indie exclusives that are worthwhile. If you like to tinker with android devices? It's a decent purchase at $99.