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Ouya: Futuremark Benchmark Results Reveal Generation Gap

A new series of benchmarks have revealed that the new-age Android smartphones outperform Ouya, leaving the Android home console at least a generation behind.

James Coote, designer of Executive Star on the Ouya, hooked up with Futuremark last week to determine the raw power of the console; results of which are now posted on YouTube and Futuremark’s ranked list of mobile hardware.

The 3DMark benchmark measures the raw capabilities of a device’s hardware and scores its performance as a whole. Ouya’s tests resulted in a score of 4077, landing itself at number 73 on Futuremark’s ranked list of Android devices.

Comparing this score with recently released handsets, LG’s Nexus 4 phone scored twice more than Ouya, while both HTC’s One and Samsung’s Galaxy S IV are even higher than that – number 7th and 3rd to be precise.

Regarding tablets, Ouya beats Google’s Nexus 7 tablet but still gets left behind by older models like Asus’s Transformer Pad Infinity.

The Kickstarter page for Ouya went berserk last year by raising nearly $8.6 million. The console garnered a strong following and the expectation bar was set high. However, the first batch of models sent out to the initial backers and reviewers met with pretty bad reviews.

Ouya’s developer responded that “the early samples sent out are not the final product. They are in fact test samples that were meant to be sent to the selected few supporters of the Kickstarter who contributed a certain amount.”

At the end of the day Futuremark scores only show the raw power of a device. Very few developers build their title to utilize all of that power. Consider also the price factor. Ouya is for a $99, while the HTC One is around the $600 mark.