Ouya Responds To Negative Console Reviews

Ouya reps have responded to negative reviews of their console.

A handful of sites got their hands on early versions of the Ouya console, and the reviews on those consoles were less than flattering. It was obviously a mistake to promise early consoles to Kickstarter backers as the consoles sent were not finalized yet.

According to Engadget, the Ouya is basically a box with smartphone technology and no display. The processing power was considered nice for players who just want a gaming system without all the bells and whistles but not for regular console gamers who want the next generation games to show them better graphics and such. The controllers are flat and simple, not easy to hold, hearkening back to the SNES with its button layout.

According to The Verge, the Ouya’s controller is Bluetooth wireless, not the kind of signal you want to depend on for a console game controller as it can be spotty even on phones. If you’ve ever spoken to someone using a Bluetooth headset, you know how bad the voice quality is. As a result of the Bluetooth wireless connection from controller to console, there is a random lag.

Ouya replied that the consoles it sent to Kickstarter backers weren’t finalized, and they are still putting the finishing touches on the public release. Some would say that was a bad idea because it shows the people who actually paid to get it made that you aren’t willing to give them the final product.

What Ouya reps actually said was, “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. 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.”

What do you think of Ouya’s response to negative console reviews?