Codex Gamicus
Manufacturer OUYA Inc.
Type Console
Release Date December 28, 2012 (Devs)

March 28, 2013 (Kickstarter) June 25, 2013 (Retail)

Discontinued N/A
Media Download
Save Format N/A
Input Options 1 D-pad, O,U,Y,A buttons, 2 triggers, 2 joysticks
Special Features Android Based Games

Retro Emulators

Units Sold Around 500,000
Top Selling Game Towerfall
Variants Kickstarter Bronze Edition, Black Edition, White Edition
Competitor(s) Game Stick


Android Tablets

Predecessor None
Successor None

The Ouya is a video game console running its own version of the Android operating system. The console project was founded by Jilie Uhrman, a game industry venteran, in 2012. Joined by dsigner Yves Béhar and product manager Muffi Ghaiali. Development was funded from a successful crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.

The console is due to release on June 25th, 2013.


The Ouya will feature an exclusive Ouya store for applications and games designed speicifcally for the platform. The console will include a built-in TwitchTV application and access to the OnLive video game streaming service. The hardware design of the Ouya allows for easy opening, allowing easy access to moding and possible hardware addons.

All systems can be used as development kits for the Ouya,. All games will be required to have some element of a free-to-play aspect, whether that involved being a completely free game, free trial, or purchasable upgrades, levels, or items.

The Controller[]

The controller features two analog sticks, a four buttons spelling OUYA, a directional pad, four triggers, a center button and a touch-pad making porting Android games easier.

The Ouya Controller as advertised


Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

System-on-chip: Nvidia Tegra 3 (T33) SoC

CPU: 1.7 GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9

Storage Capacity: 8 GB internal flash memory

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Display: HDMI (1080p, 1080i, 720p)

Graphics: Nvidia ULP GeForce

Input: USB 2.0, Micro USB (for PC connection)

Controller Input: Wireless Controller

Connectivity: Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0, Ethernet port

Dimensions: 75 mm (2.95 inc) cube

Special Editions[]


Since its release, the OUYA has had several limited time special editions. Here they are:

  • Developer Edtion- A clear version shipped to all game developers.
  • Kickstarter Edition- A mocha colored console sent to Kickstarter backers.
  • White Edition- A white colored console sold during the Christmas season featuring 16gb storage.
  • Black Edition- A black colored console featuring 16gb storage