Video: Android Ouya console gets benchmarked

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Ouya's Android-powered console was recently benchmarked by developer James Coote and tested against a number of current-gen devices. The results?

Ouya scored a 4077 via 3DMark, putting it ahead of Google's popular Nexus 7 tablet, which weighed in at 3551. Nevertheless, the console couldn't manage to outpace the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity at 4246.

In addition, LG’s Nexus 4 smartphone scored more than double the Ouya with a 10,201 on the 3DMark tests, while HTC's One and Samsung’s Galaxy S IV managed to hit even higher.

However, it should be noted that 3DMark is typically used to measure raw capabilities, rather than real-world factors that can significantly affect a device’s performance.

As TG Daily previously reported, the Ouya console runs Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.2) and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip. Additional specs include 8 GB internal flash memory, 1 GB RAM, HDMI (1080p), Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU, USB 2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0, Ethernet port and a wireless controller.

Unsurprisingly, Ouya is already prepping an updated version of the console, with Uhrman going so far as to say a new iteration of the system will be available each and every year with as much mobile processing power as possible under the hood.

In reality, a new version of the console every year may sound like a tall order - especially when you consider how many years it takes classic game consoles from Sony and Microsoft to be upgraded.

Then again, changes happen very quickly in the mobile industry and the Ouya is essentially powered by mobile hardware. Indeed, the current console is equipped with Nvidia's Tegra 3 chipset, but with the Tegra 4 already announced, the latest flagship chipset would be a natural fit for the next generation of the Ouya.

"If we could do it for less than $99, we would. Our strategy is very much similar to the mobile strategy. There will be a new Ouya every year. There will be an Ouya 2 and an Ouya 3," Uhrman said back in February.

"We'll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will."