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OUYA is an Android-based game console and set-top-box that contains a relatively powerful ARM processor that can handle most heavy XBMC skins, in addition to outputting video in Full HD (1080p). The first version of XBMC to officially support the OUYA was v13 "Gotham" which can easily be sideloaded. Two unofficial versions are also available; "XBMC for Ouya" (an unofficial build submitted to the Ouya Store by Ouya themselves (which lacks DTS and AC3 audio decoding support due to licensing issues) and "SPMC" (a fork of XBMC released by XBMC developer Koying that have Ouya support but must be sideloaded).
1 Main topics
Other OUYA-specific wiki pages for topics, guides, and advice. For everything else, standard XBMC pages will normally apply.
| HOW-TO:Install XBMC on OUYA
OUYA uses Kodi for Android. The current version is Kodi v14.1 Helix.
| Android FAQ|
Frequently Asked Questions for Android.
| Known issues
|| Random notes|
- Kodi for Android - Most users will want to and should use the normal Kodi for Android version. AC3 and DTS audio processing is supported. This version is completely compatible with the OUYA, including hardware video decoding. This can be downloaded directly from
http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/android/arm/(the current stable version is Kodi v14.1 Helix).
- SPMC - Experimental fork of XBMC/Kodi with some extra stuff.
- XBMC on OUYA - An unofficial version of XBMC based on v12.2 available from the OUYA Store. This is old and busted. Don't bother with it anymore.
These steps show how to side load the full official version of Kodi.
Assorted how-to's related to XBMC running on OUYA that have been added to the wiki:
Ouya has a bit different setup than normal Android devices with XBMC for adding local media, but is roughly the same.
6 Known issues
- Wifi on the OUYA might not be enough for some high bitrate HD streams. In this case, using wired ethernet is recommended.
- FIXED via OUYA firmware updates and XBMC v13 Gotham - 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.
- Before the Apr 16, 2014 OUYA System Update (“Chupacabra”), sideloaded apps could only be accessed through the MAKE menu unless they were specifically built with Ouya support (such as XBMC For Ouya and SPMC). As of the Chupacabra update, apps that are "favorited" will show up on the second row of the PLAY menu, even if they were sideloaded. However, the icons of sideloaded apps that lack Ouya support will still appear distorted, since the Ouya uses a non-standard resolution for app icons. Users who want to use XBMC Gotham and either dislike the distorted icon or for some reason held back the Chupacabra update can use the XBMC On Fire launcher app to provide an Ouya-native icon on the PLAY menu for launching XBMC Gotham.
7 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 choose between two applications, "BootyCall" or "Auto pilot", both are available on the OUYA store.
- BootyCall  ($2.99) - This application functions as a default launcher ensuring your chosen application, XBMC/Kodi in this case, is the first application loaded and also is returned to upon exiting other applications.
- Auto Pilot  (Free) - 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.
- OUYA Specific Addon Repo: You can find an OUYA specific repository of addons available, (Eldon's XBMC Repo). Some of the plugins are specific to the OUYA platform, while others will work on android devices in general.
8 See also
- Android hardware - Other Android platform which XBMC/Kodi supports hardware video decoding on.
- Android - Android operating system information in regards to XBMC/Kodi usage.
- http://ouya.tv - OUYA website
- http://forums.ouya.tv - OUYA support and development forum
- http://forum.xbmc.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=164 - XBMC for Android support forum
- http://ouyaforum.com/showthread.php?5966-XBMC-on-Ouya-OUYA-Inc - Great support thread for the unofficial "XBMC for OUYA v12" version
- http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2359390 - WonderEkin's mod/tweak collection - Install Google Play Store, Disable auto update, Switch 720p/1080p res, Overscan fix, etc.
- http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2387507 - WonderEkin's app to root OUYA