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Futuremark Publishes OUYA Console Dev Kit Benchmark

Futuremark has released the 3DMark results of an early version of OUYA, the upcoming Android-based gaming console slated for a June release. The benchmark stems from James Coote, the developer behind the upcoming OUYA game Executive Star, who tested the developer kit version of the console.

According to Futuremark, the device ranks as #73 on Futuremark's Best Mobile Devices of April 2013, falling behind the Samsung Galaxy S IV, the HTC One, the Nexus 10, the Samsung Galaxy Express and loads more tablets and smartphones. However, given that the benchmark wasn't performed on the final retail release, these numbers will likely improve when the device hits store shelves in two months.

"Ice Storm is an OpenGL ES 2.0 benchmark that uses a fixed off-screen rendering resolution of 720p before scaling the output to fit the native display resolution of the device," Futuremark said on Monday. "Ice Storm includes two graphics tests designed to stress the GPU performance of the device and a physics test to stress its CPU performance."

According to the current dev kit benchmark stats, the Android console has an average score of 4084. Other default scores include 3612 for graphics, 7538 for physics, 14 FPS in the first graphics test, 17.9 FPS in the second test, and 23.9 FPS in the physics test.

On the Extreme end, the OUYA has an average score of 2332. This is broken down to a 1944 for graphics, 7731 for physics, 9.2 FPS for the first graphics test, 7.8 FPS for the second test, and 24.5 FPS for the physics test. Remember, these numbers are based on a quad-core Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.6 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and Google's Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system.

Compared to the Tegra 3-powered Nexus 7 (#120), the OUYA dev kit provides better performance. The Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus, has a Tegra 3 clocked at only 1.3 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. But its average score is only 3551, consisting of a 3156 for graphics, a 6422 for physics, 12.6 FPS in graphics test 1, 15.6 FPS in graphics test 2, and 20.4 FPS in the physics test.

Other devices the OUYA console outperforms include Sony's PlayStation-certified Xperia Tablet S, the Asus Transformer Prime TF201, the LG Optimus LTE Tag, the Acer Iconia Tab A700, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 LTE, and numerous others. The entire list consists of 258 devices spanning smartphones and tablets.

"I want to make sure you know what we are building, when, and to keep you updated on how we are constantly evolving and incorporating both your feedback and our learnings," said OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman earlier this month. "We will continue to obsess over quality and performance."

It will be interesting to see how OUYA scores in June when the final version is released. In the video below, Coote notes that the benchmark was performed at 1080p Full HD – the console scored a higher 4355 running at 640 x 480. Also, the results stem from a dev kit that does not include hardware changes made since January.

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  • unknown9122
    I hope they upgrade the Tegra 3 1GB of RAM to a Tegra 4 2GB of RAM for the final release.
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  • therabiddeer
    So it isnt even released and smartphones already beat it in performance. Tell me again why I shouldnt just get a controller for the phone and plug the phone into my TV? Why buy this separate console? If it is already behind current gen I can just upgrade my phone every couple years with a new contract for the same price and not pay the extra $100 for a new console.
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  • therabiddeer
    So it isnt even released and smartphones already beat it in performance. Tell me again why I shouldnt just get a controller for the phone and plug the phone into my TV? Why buy this separate console? If it is already behind current gen I can just upgrade my phone every couple years with a new contract for the same price and not pay the extra $100 for a new console.
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  • therabiddeer
    Note to self: Hitting f5 will repost your comment.
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  • unknown9122
    I hope they upgrade the Tegra 3 1GB of RAM to a Tegra 4 2GB of RAM for the final release.
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  • dsigned
    Your used smartphone + controller likely still costs more than this thing, and also doesn't come with cables, and won't be optimized for a big screen. Plus, not everyone's phone is in the best of shape at the end of their contract. Plus it's a consistent set of hardware to develop for, which means that it will likely have better support for controller based games as well.

    I think for the price, the (supposed) reliability, and the "togetherness" of it, it's a totally reasonable price. It's going to have to really hit it out of the park for me to buy one, but I'm not opposed to it in principle.
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  • therabiddeer
    @dsigned (no quote system... and adding comment field is at the top ><)
    The Galaxy S3 is $50 with an upgrade 2 year contract. The Galaxy S3 ranks better in performance than the Ouya (S3 is 58th). You can easily get a wickedly good controller for under $50. They are both android platform with similar hardware so you wont see a difference in performance because of that. Even the hardware on the Ouya will be changing annually so that is no more consistent than the smartphones.

    If your phone isnt in good shape somehow, then treat your phone better. The console is set at the right price, but it is unnecessary for anybody that has a smart phone every 2 years. Which is a huge number of people. Well beyond half of people that have a mobile phone use a smartphone.

    This console might be a decent addition for kids (pending the games released) but for anybody else it is not needed.

    PS: An error has occurred.
    Wish it would tell me what kind of error.
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  • Gundam288
    I would be willing to use an OUYA as my main console if Toms fix the comments system. (or at least rolls it back to the old style as that seem to work better than this...)
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  • Branden
    hitting F5 reposts your comment?
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  • Branden
    hitting F5 reposts your comment?
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