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OUYA is an Android-based game console and set-top-box that contains a very powerful ARM processor that can even handle some of the more heavy XBMC skins, in addition to outputting video in Full HD (1080p). The first version of XBMC to officially support the OUYA is v13 "Gotham", since a test build of XBMC v12 ("Frodo") was required to enable hardware video decoding on the OUYA. Two unofficial v12-based versions were made available to hold users over until v13 is released: XBMC For Ouya (an unofficial build submitted to the Ouya Store, but lacking DTS and AC3 audio support due to licensing issues) and SPMC (a fork of XBMC released by XBMC developer Koying that has Ouya support but must be sideloaded).

Contents

1 Main topics

Other OUYA-specific wiki pages for topics, guides, and advice. For everything else, standard XBMC pages will normally apply.

icon HOW-TO:Install XBMC on OUYA
OUYA uses XBMC for Android. The current XBMC version, v13 "Gotham", should be fully compatible with the OUYA.
icon Android FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions for Android.
icon How-to's
icon Controller
icon Known issues
icon Random notes
icon Links

2 Installing

OUYA uses XBMC for Android. The current XBMC version, v13 "Gotham", should be fully compatible with the OUYA.

  1. XBMC for Android - Most users will want to and should use the normal XBMC for Android v13 (Gotham). AC3 and DTS audio processing is supported. This version is completely compatible with the OUYA, including hardware video decoding. http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/android/arm/xbmc-13.1-Gotham-armeabi-v7a.apk
  2. XBMC on OUYA - An unofficial version of XBMC based on v12.2, but with hardware video decoding, available from the OUYA Store. This newest version now supports audio passthrough.
  3. SPMC - Because XBMC on OUYA (Store version) has AC3 and DTS audio disabled, you can download SPMC, which is the OUYA store version (v12.2) + AC3/DTS: http://ouyaforum.com/showthread.php?8220-SPMC-Koying

3 How-to's

Assorted how-to's related to XBMC running on OUYA that have been added to the wiki:


HOW-TO:Add local media sources on OUYA
Ouya has a bit different setup than normal Android devices with XBMC for adding local media, but is roughly the same.
HOW-TO:Install XBMC on OUYA
OUYA uses XBMC for Android. The current XBMC version, v13 "Gotham", should be fully compatible with the OUYA.

4 Controller

OUYA-Controller-Map-store.jpg


5 Known issues

  • Wifi on the OUYA might not be enough for some high bitrate HD streams. In this case, using wired ethernet is recommended.
  • FIXED via OUYA firmware updates and XBMC v13 Gotham - There seems to be some HDMI handshaking issues that sometimes prevent audio-passthrough from working between an OUYA and an audio receiver. A temp work around might be to unplug/replug in HDMI cables or switch video inputs to re-establish the HDMI connection. The unofficial SPMC version of XBMC has some additional audio hacks to help with multichannel and passthrough audio.
  • Android, which OUYA's OS is based on, is limited right now to 60Hz. Those with media that plays back at 50Hz might see occasional stutter.
  • Volume control does not adjust the volume level. It will mute the audio if volume is turned all the way down.
  • Before the Apr 16, 2014 OUYA System Update (“Chupacabra”), sideloaded apps could only be accessed through the MAKE menu unless they were specifically built with Ouya support (such as XBMC For Ouya and SPMC). As of the Chupacabra update, apps that are "favorited" will show up on the second row of the PLAY menu, even if they were sideloaded. However, the icons of sideloaded apps that lack Ouya support will still appear distorted, since the Ouya uses a non-standard resolution for app icons. Users who want to use XBMC Gotham and either dislike the distorted icon or for some reason held back the Chupacabra update can use the XBMC On Fire launcher app to provide an Ouya-native icon on the PLAY menu for launching XBMC Gotham.

6 Random notes

Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.

  • If you want to open XBMC automatically when the OUYA boots up, you can install "Auto pilot" from the OUYA store. When installed the name will show up as "BOOT". Connecting the BlueTooth remote may close XBMC after, to avoid this issue, use an XBMC remote (Official, Yatse, etc...).
  • Easy Infra red remote (no root): I figured the easiest way on getting IR is to use a cheap "PC Remote". The "PC Remote" receiver actually emulates a full keyboard based on infra red and starts at 5 USD (http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0050PUGZE/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new). You can later swap this remote for a remote with learning capabilities, as the Sony RMVLZ620 (~25 USD), you learn the codes from the "PC Remote" and you get yourself an awesome IR solution that will keep working even if you get those pesky Ouya updates.

7 Links

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