Ouya Controller Will Change Because Developers Complained

Ouya Controller Will Change Because Developers Complained

In a post on its website yesterday, the team behind open-source console Ouya announced some changes to its controller based on repeated complaints it has 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.

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, rubberised thumbsticks and a more “snug” battery bay. Hopefully Ouya can maintain positive interaction like this as the console’s “early 2013” launch date approaches.

Users Say Ounah to the Ouya’s Controller [The Escapist]


  • I can’t tell from the picture, but is there a concave, or at least a flat spot on the thumb sticks? There are two things that tick me off about the DualShock 3; the sticks lack of grip and L2/R2 being convex. What is most frustrating is that they had this sorted on the ‘Dual Analogue Controller’, the pre-DualShock pad from 1997, I had one and it was great, even the longer prongs.

  • Bizarrely negative headline – Developers only got a prototype controller in the first place. How about this as the headline? ‘Final Ouya controllers improved based on developer feedback’.

  • They are saving up all the positive comments for when they get flown around the wall for press junkets for the new playstation and Xbox consoles. These guys don’t get paid to promote the ouya. Been really disappointed by the kotaku coverage of ouya. Just glad they didn’t add in a warning bout how its a kickstarter.

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