Ouya 2.0 console coming next year, new controllers planned

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 25, 2013 10:30am PDT

Android-powered gaming console Ouya has seen its fair share of problems in year one. But company founder Julie Uhrman is excited for year two, which will see the eventual launch of "Ouya 2.0" and an updated controller.

"Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven't finalized the date of that," Uhrman said. "We're still determining what exactly we want that to be."

If a 2.0 model does come out in 2014, it will make good on Ouya's promise of releasing a new console every year. "For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want," Uhrman told Polygon. One of the main criticisms of Ouya's launch console was that it was grossly underpowered compared to most modern smartphones. (It is an unfair comparison, given phones are subsidized by contracts. But many consumers may not consider that fact.)

In addition to a new console, Ouya is working on an updated controller. Uhrman notes that the company is taking feedback, "iterating that software, fixing the triggers, fixing the thumbsticks and if that doesn't work, we'll iterate it again and if we decide that's not the right path, we'll change it." However, new controllers will be launched into the marketplace rather stealthily. When asked if there would be any indication on packaging to point out which controllers are updated and which aren't, Uhrman simply said "you wouldn't know until you bought it."

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