The Six Ouyas

Six Ouyas chilling on Ebay – AS-IS.

It was brought to my attention that there was a guy on Ebay selling a lot of six Ouyas as-is and I said “why not? lets see whats going on with them”. And now I have officially received my Six Ouyas for parts on ebay. The final price I paid for six broken Ouyas was $14.00 + $24.99 S&H from Canada to the US Midwest. I thought it would’ve gone for a lot more to be Honest but glad I got it for so low! Anyhow; Allow me to dig in to these. As a repair tech I am super excited about these and am very interested in how Ouyas break and to actually learn from some of these units in the hopes of helping others.

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Ouya Controller Wear and Tear

The slow destruction of an Ouya Controller after 1 year of moderate use.

I don’t think I would consider myself an aggressive gamer to really abuse the Ouya Controller. I have a total of 63 games loaded on my Ouya with over half of them being side-loaded emulators coupled with all of the things I learned in previous blogs about this consoles journey. Multiple times I have re-rooted this Ouya and even had to firmware reset it a few times as well. Though out all of this the controller is the real item that takes the beating in any game console. I know some of this will view my blog as being nitpicky however there are people who want to take care of their consoles and treat them with a fair amount of respect so that it can last a very long time. Read on if you want to know more or just want to take notes if you are buying a used Ouya Controller on the used market.

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Screen capture with Ouya.

Lets begin Screen Capture with the Ouya!:

This entry explains quickly how I do screen capture for my Ouya articles so that I could show you certain key features and configurations that I have run across over the short while I have been playing with this unit. screen capture from the Ouya requires no special software beyond the android development kits which are easily downloadable. And in a few commands you’ll be capturing your favorate screenshots from your Ouya console in no time!

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Ouya Support – Keyboards and Mice

What about hooking up keyboards and mice to play on the Ouya?

The android operating system that Ouya is based on supports keyboards and joysticks with your Ouya natively. In fact it’s far easier to use the internal browser for Ouya to go online with a keyboard and browser then using the keypad interface with the Ouya joystick. As for better game operation there’s only one game that is known that works very well and this is provided that your Ouya is already rooted which is the quake and doom collections by progger10 which allows you to bind mouse and keyboard control to the game effectively playing games on your android device as if you were on a normal desktop PC.

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Ouya Support – PS3 – P3 Controllers

The solution you described for bluetooth pairing does not work on PS3 and P3 controllers!

PS3 and the third party “P3” controllers operate a little differently when it comes to their blue-tooth enabling. The first thing you have to do with that model of controller that you hard-wire it into your Ouya (by “hard-wiring” I mean using your USB charging cable that you normally have hooked to your PS3 and hook it from your Joystick to the Ouyas USB Port). By hard-wiring it it breaks any pairing with another PS3 that could be in your house or perhaps a PS3 that is long since separated from the controller as you may have bought this online somewhere.

Note: Upon plugging the PS3 controllers into your Ouya, the Ouya will respectively disable the Bluetooth service on the console and you will loose connectivity with your Ouya Controller.. This is perfectly normal!  Just make sure that you can navigate around the menus with the wired connection.

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Ouya Support – Bluetooth Discovery

Bluetooth Discovery: Ouya does not automatically find the new Bluetooth device I just purchased for it!

Ouya (more specifically the Android OS) will not automatically find any new Bluetooth device that you plugin via Bluetooth discovery. In some cases it won’t even find a brand new Ouya Controller unless you go into the pairing menu under MANAGE > CONTROLLERS . But for other devices such as Bluetooth keyboards, Bluetooth mice, etc you will need to go into MANAGE > SYSTEM > ADVANCED then select Bluetooth  in the advanced settings menu. Click on SEARCH FOR DEVICES in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and that will tell your Ouya to place your bluetooth in ‘discovery mode’ to find new devices until you the user pairs one up and then the Ouya takes itself out of discovery mode.

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