Well, I'd been meaning on getting an OUYA for a while, and with my PS4 paid for, I pulled the trigger. I figure it'd be nice to have a multimedia box so I don't have to have my PC on at all hours, and having the occasional emulator and the Twitch app would be a nice compliment to my Blu-Ray player.
Looking back, I kind of wish I hadn't bought the stupid thing.
Setting up the console is pretty easy, actually. Well, other than trying to figure out where to put the AA batteries in the controller because the stupid thing has no real instruction manual. Seriously, all that you get is four steps to setting the stupid thing up that don't mention how you put the batteries in, and disclaimers. That's all, in a bunch of languages. Would a real user guide have been too much to ask.
That is, unfortunately, the best part of the system.
Upon setup, you're required - required! - to enter credit card data or a prepaid card's number. I didn't expect that, and I wasn't happy to be basically forced to put in my debit card (which I've since canceled because no they can't have access to my account).
Once you enter, the main menu is simple enough, though many of the system's options are buried a few menus in. Speaking of, the "advanced" menu is basically just the Android 4.1 settings screen, with no real consideration for controller use. It works mostly, but it's inelegant compared to the main menu.
Then there's the store, which is really where things fall apart. Giant lettering, lots of scrolling necessary. It's like the very VERY first Zune player, only somehow even more annoying, if that was even possible. At least once you get to genres there's SOME organization, but overall, the thing is an oversized mess that ignores anyone using a TV larger than a fishbowl.
Oh, and apparently XBMC isn't on the store, at least as of this writing. What? XBMC was part of the friggin' store display! No Youtube either.
The next issue with this silly system is the controller. Now, the controller itself feels good enough. Doesn't feel as sturdy as a first-party controller for a major console, but doesn't exactly feel like some Nyko piece of crap either. It's fine for what it does, and pretty smartly designed. The problem is the input lag. Oh Lord almighty, the input lag! It's noticeable in the menus, but you most noticeably have to fight it during gameplay. Very, VERY annoying.
Lastly, there's the issue of ports. Now the system has ONE USB port, which wouldn't be so bad but for the fact that all my wired controllers are USB, as is the external hard drive I have plugged in. As such, only one device can be used at any one time on the port (I don't have any USB hubs - any other OUYA users want to tell me if they work?), and since the OUYA itself doesn't read the external hard drive (That has to be supported in app, apparently), I can't just load a few choice roms for use with a wired 360 controller. Oh, and since the system can't read external drives at OS level, you have to download any .apk files from the OUYA browser.
Overall, the OUYA is poor. Not a disappointment. Not missed potential. Just plain, old, objectively poor. I'm going to try the Nova launcher, see if that improves things, and if it does improve, I'll let everyone know, but for now, I have to say that this is the worst $106.99 (after taxes) I've ever spent.