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Android Consoles Ouya and GameStick Both Getting Controller Redesigns Based On Feedback


Jordan Haygood

With Ouya dev kits out and about, Android game developers have had a chance to get their hands on the little kick-started console. What do they think about it? Well, the controller could be better, and these devs have a few suggestions for the creator to take into account before releasing the final product to the world.

 

These creator's did take these devs' suggestions into account and have resulted in a cross-shaped D-pad replacing the original circular pad, as well as the analog sticks becoming rubberized on top, allowing for better grip. The sensitivity of the touch pad has also been improved and the triggers have been placed closer to the controller's body. Lastly, the security of the battery's compartment has been improved.

 

Ouya is expected to hit the market in April, so you can see these improvements, as well as any others they make until then, for yourself.

 

But Ouya isn't the only Android-powered console getting a controller redesign, as it looks like PlayJam's GameStick will also be doing so. The difference between the GameStick and Ouya, of course, is the fact that Ouya is a home console and the GameStick is merely a controller and a flash drive. Needless to say, a perfected controller for the GameStick is kind of important, since that's most of what it is. And unlike Ouya, this controller redesign is in picture form:

 

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PlayJam CEO Jasper Smith posted this image in a Kickstarter update, where he mentioned, "our aim was to create a controller that was not intimidating for a casual gamer and great to use for an experienced player." He went on to say that "not all of you liked our initial concept, but the feedback was very constructive, detailed, and really useful."

 

The GameStick's controller redesign is a result of feedback from its Kickstarter backers. Some of its changes include the analog sticks being raised for more precise tilting, the controller's edges becoming curved at every corner, and pretty much cutting back on its NES-inspired design in favor of better grip. As for its HDMI dongle, the position of the storage slot has changed and now resides at the top of the controller. Furthermore, a charging docking attachment has been added to allow the GameStick to support new peripherals such as a keyboard.

 

It's nice to see these developers taking user feedback into account with their consoles' controller layouts. This can only mean good things once we can finally hold these things in our hands.

 

Which Android-powered console are you most excited about?

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