OUYA Firmware Update is Live

The E3-timed OUYA firmware update is now available for Kickstarter-backed OUYA owners. It is easily the most dramatic firmware update yet for the system and brings with it a ton of handy features. The system can now be set into sleep mode on the home menu by just pressing the Y button, which is more convenient than having to hold the console’s power button and navigating a menu to turn it off. The biggest changes are evident in the storefront, which was rather clunky to navigate before. Now, it’s got a streamlined appearance with the previously bulky index being shrunk down and everything being sped up dramatically.

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Before, it would take forever for thumbnails to load and if you hadn’t browsed the storefront for a while, you were left to just wait around for-freaking-ever for images to show up so you’d have at least a vague idea of what might interest you. Now, everything loads in about a second or two and the store feels far more professional as a result. Another major improvement comes in the form of automatic installs – eliminating the need to download the games, then go into the Play menu to manually install everything. It was an annoying and time-consuming process that is now completely gone and makes the system far more user-friendly as a result. You’re also able to now download three things at a time instead of just one, and an icon lets you know which games in your library have updates that can be auto-installed just by pressing the O button. With the official launch just weeks away, the system definitely needed something like this to make it more user-friendly and this update greatly exceeded expectations for the UI improvements.