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Ouya beaten by phones in benchmark tests

Ouya beaten by phones in benchmark tests

Tue 16 Apr 2013 2:05pm GMT / 10:05am EDT / 7:05am PDT

Futuremark ranks it at 73 in a list of Android devices

Recent tests on the upcoming Ouya console suggest that it's already lagging behind Android smartphones when it comes to technical capabilities.

Futuremark rated 258 Android devices according to its 3DMark benchmark tests, and the Ouya appeared at 73 in terms of performance, trailing behind both mobile phones like the HTC One and the LG Nexus 4, and tablets like the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

James Cootes, lead developer of the Nottingham Android games studio Crystalline Green recently used 3DMark's benchmark tests on the Ouya, and posted the results as a YouTube video, one that you can see below. The tests were run on a dev kit rather than a retail machine, but show that the Tegra 3 T33 is already behind other Android devices when it comes to sheer technical capability.

Recent previews of the console by a number of websites were less than complimentary about its current readiness for the retail market, citing controller issues, a lack of games and accessibility for the average gamer.

The Ouya will retail at $99 and is due for general retail release in June. The device is already available to developers and those that backed it on Kickstarter, where it raised 8,596,474 from 63,416.

17 Comments

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

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Whilst this isn't what people would want to hear (in an ideal world given that its a 'console') this is what we expected with the Tegra 3

I don't see it as a big problem but phones (and tablets) were always going to outperform it thanks to technological progression. Especially given the fact that the Tegra 3, even in its best version was never the fastest mobile graphics/processing architecture available - and Boxer8 would have known that...

Posted:A year ago

#1

Neil Young
Programmer

296 369 1.2
Said list ranks the Galaxy S2 as faster than the S3, and the note 1 as faster than the note 2. Not convinced.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Tom Keresztes
Programmer

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Whilst this isn't what people would want to hear (in an ideal world given that its a 'console') this is what we expected with the Tegra 3
Given that the Tegra3 was beaten by the iPad2 in all GPU tests, I don't get how people could have expected anything else. For $99 its not too bad, especially as an android development platform. NVidia has really nice tools.

Anandtech's Benchmark

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tom Keresztes on 16th April 2013 4:09pm

Posted:A year ago

#3

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

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Given that the Tegra3 was beaten by the iPad2 in all GPU tests, I don't get how people could have expected anything else. For $99 its not too bad, especially as an android development platform. NVidia has really nice tools.
Just as a note, the Ouya uses the T33 version more like what we have in the Transformer Infinity, that being said, its still outperformed by faster iPads.

Anyway, the expectations were raised given that it was a plug-in console and that they were using a faster, higher clocked version of the Tegra 3 (1.7GHz here AFAIK and a faster GPU) than in most Tegra 3 devices. Hence, some of the reaction I've seen previously on these suggestions.

OUYA would have been significantly more powerful if it used the PowerVR SGX MP4 or anything similar from the potential configurations but I'm sure there's a reason we have the Tegra 3 instead i.e. an especially good, accessible deal from NVIDIA.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 16th April 2013 4:23pm

Posted:A year ago

#4

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

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>> Said list ranks the Galaxy S2 as faster than the S3, and the note 1 as faster than the note 2. Not convinced.

If you were at the sharp end of the state of device drivers, you wouldn't be so shocked. Newer devices are random without even benefiting from any fixes made to previous iterations. It's ludicrous.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Kevin Danaher
Associate Producer

45 62 1.4
I was under the impression NVIDIA had been working with them to absolutely juice the hell out of the Tegra 3 processors they're using. Not only that but the OUYA has a heatsink and fan, plus a higher voltage, stable power supply. These are things, phone handsets and tablets simply cannot have so it should be overclocked to beastly proportions really. This is a little disappointing based on that but for $99 I'm still not going to complain :)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Kevin Danaher on 16th April 2013 6:53pm

Posted:A year ago

#6

Mike Wells
Writer

61 28 0.5
No surprise here. Phones live, die and are replaced at a faster rate: they evolve like bacteria and there are lots of them. The idea of any kind of "console" - built for a specific purpose with a fixed spec at a point in time - being able to leverage the Android developer base was always flawed. If Ouya is to succeed, and I doubt it can, it will have to do so despite its specs, not because of them.

Posted:A year ago

#7

James Gallagher
Marketing Planner

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@Neil Since 3DMark is a gaming benchmark, the best scores come from devices with the fastest GPUs. Take the Note II for example. It has one of the best CPUs currently available but the GPU is the same as in some Galaxy S II models.

It's also worth noting that Samsung offers multiple versions of popular models that carry the same name but have completely different hardware inside. Scroll through our Best Mobile Devices list and you'll see all the variations:

#58 Samsung Galaxy S III with Snapdragon MSM8960
#166 Samsung Galaxy S III with Exynos 4 Quad

#88 Samsung Galaxy S II with Snapdragon APQ8060
#116 Samsung Galaxy S II with Snapdragon MSM8660
#191 Samsung Galaxy S II with OMAP 4430
#216 Samsung Galaxy S II (4.3" display) with Exynos 4 Dual
#228 Samsung Galaxy S II (4.5" display) with Exynos 4 Dual

All scores: http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/mobile/

Posted:A year ago

#8

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

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...There's also a Samsung Galaxy SII Tegra 2 which mainly showed up in the developing market as far as I remember.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Andrew Watson
Programmer

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It's also a lot cheaper than those more powerful phones.

Posted:A year ago

#10

Tom Keresztes
Programmer

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Just as a note, the Ouya uses the T33 version more like what we have in the Transformer Infinity,
Depends on the model. The TF700T uses the T33 @ 1.7ghz, and the Htc One X. Wont make much difference as the T33 has the same GPU clock as the T30. (520mhz). Pity it was so expensive.

Posted:A year ago

#11

Craig Page
Programmer

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Why would I get an Ouya for $99 when my Nexus 4 is faster (for $300, plus $30 for the HDMI adapter, plus $50 for a PS3 controller, plus $10 for a really long audio cable to go to my receiver = $390).

Posted:A year ago

#12

Sam Spain
Studying computer Science (Games Development)

17 3 0.2
Their graphics card ranking makes no sense at all too. Apparently in their benchmarks they found the 7850 to be the fifth best GPU.

Posted:A year ago

#13

Adrian Herber

69 23 0.3
Is this really a useful comparison? It seems to me to be like comparing a PS4 to a gaming PC - Ouyas and phones/tablets are completely different devices. Eg a phone or tablet has a 10" or smaller screen and touch controls, while an Ouya uses a 30"+ TV display, has a traditional controller, and an App store featuring only products designed for it.

Sure, it's possible to use a phone/tablet like an Ouya by connecting a bluetooth controller to a phone/tablet, hook it up to a TV and then go hunting for games designed for that setup. But the proportion of gamers who actually do that is tiny - certainly we aren't seeing many successful phone/tablet games made with this in mind. And even those phone games that do support controllers are typically made for touch controls first, just as PC games with controller support are made for KB + mouse first.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Adrian Herber on 18th April 2013 5:52am

Posted:A year ago

#14

Tom Wilhelm Ødegård
Dpt. head Gaming

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I'm more annoyed at the control lagging issue. Wonder why it's an issue with the pack in controller, because it worsk fine with a Dual Shock 3.

Posted:A year ago

#15

David Serrano
Freelancer

299 270 0.9
I really don't think hardware specs matter to the average consumer. Short of RROD type manufacturing defects, the Ouya's success or failure will be determined by the games and the accessibility of the system.

Posted:A year ago

#16

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