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OUYA is an Android-based game console/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 at 1080. XBMC currently requires a test build to enable hardware video decoding on the OUYA, and the first official and full version of XBMC on OUYA will be v13 "Gotham". An unofficial, but stable, v12-based version is available from OUYA to hold users over until v13 is released.


1 Main topics

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

2 Installing

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

  1. XBMC for Android - For brave test users, we currently recommend a nightly Android build (pre-v13 "Gotham"). It is an unstable development version, but contains the latest fixes and improvements. AC3 and DTS audio processing is supported.http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/android/arm/
  2. XBMC on OUYA - An unofficial version of XBMC based on v12.2, but with hardware video decoding, available from the OUYA Store. This version has AC3 and DTS audio processing disabled due to licensing issues.
  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 Controller

3.1 Development and OUYA store version


4 Known issues

  • Wifi on the OUYA might not be enough for some high bitrate HD streams. In this case, using wired ethernet is recommended.
  • 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.

5 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.

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