Ugh. Just watched that SXSW vid. Wow, completely off putting.
In response to concerns about extracting the OUYA ROM and flashing it on a phone or other device:
OUYA's a controlled environment.
Every piece of content that you will buy and download needs to have -- you, know -- is behind the server; Needs server authentication.
We're doing other tools.
We will be as secure as other Android devices (which probably doesn't make everybody that thrilled), but I think we will be more, as well.
Translation: Pay To Win + Always Online DRM == OUYA!
But it's the ecosystem, it's the developers that are coming. We've got Exclusive Content that you're not going to find anywhere else.
[cites two games that will be coming to OUYA, not necessarily exclusives.]
I mean, there's some real excitement and momentum behind this open game console. That is the momentum that we're just trying to keep leveraging and delivering on.
Ah, so you're "leveraging" the hype for all its worth then? Great plan. What happens when you ride a wave of momentum and excitement is that the wave crests eventually...
So, it's open, but it's a controlled ecosystem? Hmmm, isn't it impossible to "control" that which is "open"? Sounds like it's just an App store with always on DRM to me.
I just want to put a $0.99 price tag on my game and just distribute & sell that, but I can't on OUYA. I have to devalue the game with a free demo that I'll have to waste time (money) creating. How is this giving me the freedom to choose how I sell my game? Sounds like taking away some choices to me.
[Holds up a dev unit]
There is NOTHING special about this board!
Yep, It's just an app store plus DRM non-features, minus the prime benefit of an app store since OUYA won't host my "full version" data, I have to do that myself... Why am I giving them a cut then? Advertising? The opportunity
to be in their app store? I mean, if it's so "open" and "hackable" then folks can just sideload my games from my website then, and I get 100% of the profit -- OR, add another App Store to the OUYA that'll host my full version files for me -- you know, like ALL the other ones.
I really hope I'm just misunderstanding the ramblings of a crazy woman.