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Controller:OUYA

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OUYA Controller
OUYA Controller cover
XInput support
Connection method
Bluetooth
Successor
Razer Serval
OUYA on Wikipedia

Key points

Must be connected via Bluetooth. To pair press and hold button until only two lights flash.
Controller has 15 buttons, 2 analog sticks, 2 analog triggers, 1 touchpad. It's 2 button less than Xbox 360 Controller (missing ʙᴀᴄᴋ and sᴛᴀʀᴛ buttons).
The Ouya controller has magnetically attached faceplates which enclose the 2 AA batteries, one on each side of the removable plates.
Controllers touchpad can be used to control mouse.

Inputs

  • 1 × non-clickable 1 point capacitive touchpad: ᴛᴏᴜᴄʜᴘᴀᴅ
  • 2 × clickable analog sticks: LS, RS
  • 2 × analog triggers: LT, RT
  • 2 × digital shoulder buttons: LB, RB
  • 5 × digital action buttons: 𝐎, 𝐔, 𝐘, 𝐀,
  • 4 × digital directional buttons (d-pad): , , ,

Availability

Ouya shop
Amazon

Controller variations

Starting early 2014, every new OUYA came with an improved controller. These new stealthily improved OUYAs are marked by the new packaging. The original packaging consists of three games on the back of the packing: Chronoblade Demo, Final Fantasy III, and an unknown game. The new OUYAs have a picture of what looks to be a family on the back, replacing the three games. These improved controllers can be found in every 2014 OUYA "Brushed Aluminum" package, and can be purchased separately on the OUYA.tv store.
The old version of controller has a design problem where the 𝐎𝐔𝐘𝐀 buttons can sometimes get stuck behind the right faceplate. There was also a significant dead-zone issue with the left analog stick.

Use with PC platforms

To pair with PC via bluetooth hold down the button until two center LED lights (▱▰▰▱) will start blinking. That indicates the pairing mode is on and device is ready to connect to PC.

Windows

Connecting the controller should automatically download and install latest drivers for the controller. Touchpad will be recognized as additional mouse.
ReWASD developers are interested to implement OUYA Controller support to their application. Software gives advanced customization options eg. reassigning buttons to keyboard or mouse actions, macros, activate custom modes, advanced touchpad support etc. [1]

XInput wrapping

Acting as native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers. See the controller article for those.

Linux

See tutorial how to use OUYA Controller inside Steam on Arch Linux.

Steam

Can be recognized as Xbox 360 controller but after manual assignment. Controller cannot be found in Supported Controller Database, so Steam recognizes it as standard DirectInput device.
Not capable of making full use of Steam Input. Touchpad is not supported in configuration menu and always work as mouse touchpad.

Steam Link compatibility

Works without any drivers on any operating system that supports Steam.
Can be used just to send input from a controller to a PC. Go into Streaming options, hit Y and disable video and audio streaming.
Controller connected via USB works as expected.[2]
Won't work great unless you connect it to LAN or a low latency Wi-Fi.

Support in games

Games with generic DirectInput support are supported by the controller, however button placements may be out of place and need to be rebound. Refer to game-specific articles for rebinding support.

Games with touchpad support

For a list of games, see List of games that support touchpad.

Touchpad is placed on the front of the controller, the capacitive type touchpad is a non-clickable 1-point touchpad. The functionality of the touchpad can differ from between games but usually emulates mouse. Recognized gestures: swipe and scroll.
Mouse emulation works out of the box with basic Windows drivers.
There is no software which allows to emulate DualShock 4's touchpad basic gestures.
Number of games which natively support touchpad controls is limited and touchpad support is still not a PC standard.

Games with DirectInput button prompts

OUYA button prompts can be downloaded from OpenGameArt.org and can be used for free due to public domain (CC0) license.
This is a list for games that offer DirectInput prompts.
Game Series Developer Publisher First release Available on
Valkyrie Elysium Soleil Square Enix November 11, 2022
Windows
FIFA 23 FIFA EA Canada, EA Romania Electronic Arts September 30, 2022
Windows
Freedom Planet 2 Freedom Planet GalaxyTrail September 13, 2022
Windows
Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation - The Endless Seven-Day Journey Crayon Shin-chan Star Factory, Millennium Kitchen Neos Corporation August 31, 2022
Windows
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix+ Hatsune Miku Sega May 26, 2022
Windows
Postal 4: No Regerts Postal Running With Scissors April 20, 2022
Windows
Expedition Zero Enigmatic Machines tinyBuild March 24, 2022
Windows
GRID Legends TOCA Codemasters Electronic Arts February 24, 2022
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade Final Fantasy Square Enix December 16, 2021
Windows
Crimzon Clover World EXplosion Crimzon Clover Yotsubane, Adventure Planning Service Degica December 6, 2021
Windows
Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Voice of Cards Alim, Square Enix Square Enix October 28, 2021
Windows
Okinawa Rush Sokaikan No Gravity Games October 21, 2021
Windows
Corpse Party (2021) Corpse Party Mechanic Arms, City Connection, MAGES., Team GrisGris XSEED, Marvelous October 20, 2021
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Chasing Static Headware Games Ratalaika Games S.L. October 14, 2021
Windows
FIFA 22 FIFA EA Canada, EA Romania Electronic Arts October 1, 2021
Windows
NEO: The World Ends with You h.a.n.d., Square Enix Square Enix September 28, 2021
Windows
Pawnbarian j4nw September 24, 2021
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
WRC 10: FIA World Rally Championship WRC Kylotonn Nacon September 2, 2021
Windows
Quake (2021) Quake id Software, Hipnotic Interactive, Rogue Entertainment, MachineGames, Nightdive Studios, Midway Games Bethesda Softworks August 19, 2021
Windows
F1 2021 Formula 1 Codemasters Electronic Arts July 16, 2021
Windows
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Kingdom Hearts Square Enix, Indieszero Square Enix March 30, 2021
Windows
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Kingdom Hearts Square Enix March 30, 2021
Windows
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Kingdom Hearts Square Enix March 30, 2021
Windows
Kingdom Hearts III Kingdom Hearts Square Enix March 30, 2021
Windows
Natsuki Chronicles Ginga Force / Natsuki Chronicles Qute Rising Star Games February 18, 2021
Windows

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Issues fixed

Controller Lag

This problem tends to occur when using 2 controllers or more, but can also happen if the controller is more than 5 feet away from the PC. On console, Chupucabra update fixed issue, by weakening wifi to reduce controller lag when using multiple OUYA controllers. On PC it's recommended to reduce devices which are interfering on 2402~2480Mhz/channel 79.

Triggers and buttons stuck in OUYA controller

The old version of controller has a design problem where the 𝐎𝐔𝐘𝐀 buttons can sometimes get stuck behind the right faceplate and problems with the bottom analog triggers sticking underneath the top digital triggers.
The solution is to file off the useless tabs that were sticking out of the digital buttons and widen the holes for the action buttons. See video tutorial or photo gallery.

Other information

Technical information

Device name: OUYA Game Controller, HWID: 2836:0001
Controller button Button label and axis
O Button 1
U Button 3
Y Button 4
A Button 2
LB Button 5
RB Button 6
LT Z-axis positive/Button 13
RT Z-axis negative/Button 14
Left stick Button 7, X-axis, Y-axis
Right stick Button 8, X-rotation, Z-rotation
◡ button Guide Button
Touchpad Cursor control
D-pad up Button 9
D-pad down Button 10
D-pad left Button 11
D-pad right Button 12

References