Ouya emulators

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Ouya console.png
Developer Ouya, Inc.
Type Home video game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date 2013
Discontinued 2015
Introductory price $99

The Ouya (Pronounced "OO-ya"), stylized as OUYA, is an 8th gen console powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).


The OUYA is Android based so you can use any Android emulator which runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) applications properly. BlueStacks is recommended as it is the most popular Android emulator used for gaming. Windows Subsystem for Android or Waydroid are even more recommended if you have it.

The OUYA Framework is required for OUYA emulation. You'll need to install it on your preferred Android emulator. It can be downloaded here.

As the OUYA does not accept keyboard input, you'll need to hook up a controller. XInput controllers work fine, original OUYA controller is not recognized yet.

Name Platform(s) Version VM[N 1] OUYA Controller OUYA Launcher Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Windows Subsystem for Android Windows Comes with Windows store Hyper-V ? ~
BlueStacks Windows macOS QEMU (before v2.5) / VirtualBox (after v2.5) ~[N 2] High ~[N 3]
NoxPlayer Windows VirtualBox[N 4] ~* High ~[N 3]
Waydroid Linux git Not an emulator (wine-like approach) ~ ~
Android x86 Windows Linux macOS 8.1-r6 VirtualBox, VMWare (for 3d acc) TBD TBD Mid ~
Anbox Linux git Not an emulator (wine-like approach) ~
Mobile / ARM
LineageOS Linux ARM 18.1 (Raspberry Pi 3/4) Not an emulator (actual AOSP) High ~
Waydroid Linux ARM git Not an emulator (wine-like approach) ~ ~
Anbox Linux ARM git Not an emulator (wine-like approach) ~ ~
LineageOS Switch 15.1 based of the Nvidia Shield TV build of LineageOS ~ ~
  1. The VM column describes what backend technology the emulator uses. Emulators labeled with "VirtualBox" sometimes need the user to install Oracle VM VirtualBox. Usually, it is installed automatically.
  2. OUYA controller requires emulation to be seen as virtual Xbox controller. See available XInput wrappers.
  3. 3.0 3.1 These emulators are usually closed-source, and while they're distributed for free, their devs look for roundabout ways to monetize them. One such high-profile case is BlueStacks. Make sure to check if there are pre-installed apps on your emulator (and disable them), monitor your Internet connection download caps and processor activity to detect any abnormal activity (and block domains accordingly if the need arises,) and avoid giving sensitive account data as much as is possible (just in case it's key-logged). Besides basic safety, these precautions often make impacted emulators run much faster when the adware services and apps are turned off. Windows subsystem for Android is an exception, as Microsoft made it and monetizing comes from the Windows copy you bought.
  4. Hardware-assisted virtualization feature must be turned on especially for performance reasons.


ROMs can be found at Archive.org's The Ouya Library.