The Ouya Controller Will Change, Because Developers Complained About It

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In a post on their website yesterday, the team behind open source console Ouya announced some changes to their controller based on repeated complaints they've received from developers. As one of the highest funded Kickstarter projects ever, the Ouya team has been insistent on working with their investors, and at least for now seems to be sticking to their word.

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The biggest change—and apparently the most frequent gripe—is to the controller's D-pad, which was originally an almost flat disk shape. Now the Ouya controller sports a nifty looking indented "cross" shaped D-pad, for added precision. Other less notable changes include increased sensitivity in the touch pad, triggers that hug a little closer to the body of the peripheral, rubberized thumbsticks, and a more "snug" battery bay. Hopefully Ouya can maintain positive interaction like this as the console's "early 2013" launch date approaches.

It's all about control [Ouya via The Escapist]

DISCUSSION

rakugakishowtime
Rakugaki Showtime

Why does this piece of shit keep getting so much coverage - positive coverage, but the Wii U keeps getting shit all over? ~60,000 preorders isn't exactly phenomenal and buyers still have nothing to show for it, but somehow the Wii U selling more than 10x that amount in a month means it's an utter failure. Why is there the air of excitement over a cheap Android phone-to-TV console, yet for whatever reason it seems like every media outlet is just itching to peg the Wii U as a lemon?

Ouya = NIFTY D-PAD!! WE'VE NEVER SEEN THOSE BEFORE!

Wii U = it's got a D-pad too but whatever.

Ouya = A FUCKING TOUCHSCREEN! AND IT'S GONNA BE MORE SENSITIVE!!

Wii U = the whole controllers is pretty much a fucking touch screen; who cares.

Ouya = HEY GUYS, IT'S GONNA HAVE RUBBERIZED THUMBSTICKS!!

Wii U = oh, they have those too, but that's so 1996

Ouya = The controller was mostly fucked up, but hey guys, they're at least fixing it.

Wii U = I GOTTA WAIT HOW MANY FUCKING SECONDS FOR THE MENU SCREEN?! WHEN THE FUCK ARE THEY GOING TO FIX THIS?!?!?