OUYA Reveals Controller, Partnership with OnLive

Sony may have acquired Gaikai, but OUYA is looking to partner with OnLive. OUYA announced the partnership today, as part of its Friday update, where the developers also revealed some images of the console and controller.

The partnership is a pretty good fit, OnLive explains in its official blog post, as both OUYA and OnLive are dedicated to the same mission: “making top-quality gaming accessible to more people.” For this reason, an OnLive app will be available on OUYA at launch. Here are the details, straight from the OnLive blog:

“What does that mean for OUYA backers?

  • OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
  • OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
  • Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library—from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders® II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.”

With OnLive already available on a variety of platforms including PC/Mac, tablets, and smartphones, the only platform the service was missing was console. It’s a really smart move on OnLive’s part.

And now the pictures of the OUYA console and controller. The developers of OUYA reminded everyone that these images do not represent the final product as the console and controller are still under development. For example, the color-coded buttons have raised many concerns about colorblind gamers, and will be changed in the future.