Ouya, the tiny Android-based console that shattered Kickstarter records last year, is already receiving a bit of a makeover. According to a post on the Ouya blog, feedback from recently shipped dev kits has prompted some considerable changes to the device’s controller. The final consumer-ready design and build of the Ouya system is still in the works, and it would seem the hardware development team is actively tweaking a few options.
“The controller’s the thing,” reads the Ouya blog, taking a cue from Shakespeare, apparently. All of today’s announced changes focus on the Ouya controller, a hybrid of analog and touch-pad inputs.
“Since the release of the Ouya Dev Console last month, developers around the world have sent us a ton of emails, comments, videos and forum posts…all about our controller,” reads the post. “A lot of the feedback underscored things we were already changing, some comments were totally new, but ALL were great to hear.”
The changes to the Ouya controller include a new 4-point d-pad, after complaints from dev kit users cited the inaccuracy of a disc-style pad. Both thumbsticks now have a rubberized grip, the touch-pad is “more precise,” and the trigger buttons were repositioned.
The Ouya is currently available for pre-order for $99, with an expected launch in April.