OUYA Everywhere

The OUYA Everywhere initiative delivers Cortex to gamers wherever they play - whether or not they bought a box from us. We're the open guys, right? So why lock Cortex in a box? Even a beautiful one? Cortex is about games and game developers, not about the way you get it.

Update the ODK

  • It's important to keep your ouya-sdk.jar updated to take advantage of OUYA Everywhere to make your game compatible with Forge TV, OUYA, MOJO, and Xiaomi consoles. The ouya-sdk.jar is provided in the ODK download in the developer portal and is updated with each OTA update.


OUYA Everywhere has engine-specific documentation for supported engines.


In order to help games be as portable as possible there are a set of new APIs available:

Device Identification

While most games will work smoothly across all different devices, sometimes it may be necessary to specifically identify what hardware the game is running on. The simplest way to tell if the game is running on an Cortex supported device is:

    public boolean isRunningOnOUYASupportedHardware();

Be sure to check after the OuyaFacade has been initialized. This will return true on an officially support device, such as the Forge TV, M.O.J.O. or OUYA console. On other devices it will return false. This method will work correctly as support for new devices are added in the future.

For most purposes, the above method should suffice. However for games that require more precise device identification, this method also exists:

    // DeviceHardware information
    public static class DeviceHardware {
        public boolean isSupported();
        public String deviceName();
        public DeviceEnum deviceEnum();

    // OuyaFacade.getInstance().getDeviceHardware()
    public DeviceHardware getDeviceHardware();

    // Example method for checking device
    private void checkDevice() {
        OuyaFacade ouyaFacade = OuyaFacade.getInstance();
        if (null != ouyaFacade) {
            DeviceHardware deviceHardware = ouyaFacade.getDeviceHardware();
            if (null != deviceHardware) {
                String deviceName = deviceHardware.deviceName();
                if (deviceName == "M.O.J.O.") {
                } else if (deviceName == "OUYA") {
                } else if (deviceName == "Razer Forge") {
                } else if (deviceName == "Xiaomi") {

This will provide more specific device information:

  • whether it is officially supported
  • the user-visible device name
  • an enum for games to do hardware-specific checks against

For the corresponding device enum value, it is possible for this to be UNKNOWN, and yet isSupported() to return true. This can happen if new hardware support has been added, yet this game has been compiled against an older ODK which doesn't have an enum entry for the new hardware.

Controller Images

As new console systems are added, it can become cumbersome for each game to manage the images for the varied controller buttons. To alleviate this issue, there is the following API:

    static public ButtonData getButtonData(int ouyaButton);

    static public class ButtonData {
        public Drawable buttonDrawable;
        public String buttonName;

Simply pass in the button to query (eg: OuyaController.BUTTON_O or OuyaController.BUTTON_MENU) and a ButtonData class will be returned. The returned Drawable will be a 160x160px image (which you can rescale if you like) that you can show in your UI. The buttonName string will be the localized name of the button (eg: the name for OuyaController.BUTTON_O will be "O" on the OUYA and "A" on the M.O.J.O.). If you pass in a button value for which there is no data, buttonName and buttonDrawable will be null.

    String buttonName = "O";
    final OuyaController.ButtonData buttonData = OuyaController.getButtonData(OuyaController.BUTTON_O);
    if (buttonData != null && buttonData.buttonName != null) {
        buttonName = buttonData.buttonName;
    final String message = "Press " + buttonName + " to get started!";

All current OuyaController.BUTTON_* contants have valid button data (including ones for the D-pad). Very useful for tutorials or button legends.

Using this API will keep your game looking correct as new console hardware support is added -- without any recompilations!

Controller Input

One common issue with Android games is supporting different controller hardware. We've created an API which will remap input from various controller manufacturers to the standard OUYA button layout. The remapping logic is provided by the Cortex Framework, and will be constantly updated to add support for more and more controllers.

The easiest way to take advantage of this is by simply extending from the OuyaActivity class in the ODK. This will do a couple things automatically for you:

  • remap controller input to the standard OUYA layout
  • update OuyaController status

This is achieved by:

    import tv.ouya.console.api.OuyaActivity;  

    public class MyGameActivity extends OuyaActivity {

Of course, if you happen to override onCreate/onDestroy/dispatchKeyEvent/dispatchGenericMotionEvent, then be sure to call OuyaActivity's base methods.

With this in place, you can now handle events in onKeyDown/Up/onGenericMotionEvent and not need to worry about what controller hardware the gamer may be using:

    public boolean onKeyDown(int keyCode, KeyEvent event) {
        boolean handled = false;

        // Check the keycode itself
        if (keyCode == OuyaController.BUTTON_O)) {
          handled = true;

        // Check state via the OuyaController methods -- the OuyaActivity
        // class automatically updates OuyaController for you as well!
        OuyaController c = OuyaController.getControllerByDeviceId(event.getDeviceId());
        if (c != null) {

        return handled || super.onKeyDown(keyCode, event);

If you are unable to extend the OuyaActivity (eg: the game engine you are using requires you to extend their activity class), you can still leverage the input remapping, but will need to call the methods manually. They are:

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {    

    protected void onDestroy() {

    public boolean dispatchKeyEvent(KeyEvent keyEvent) {
      boolean handled = false;
      if (OuyaInputMapper.shouldHandleInputEvent(keyEvent)) {
        handled = OuyaInputMapper.dispatchKeyEvent(this, keyEvent);
      return handled || super.dispatchKeyEvent(keyEvent);

    public boolean dispatchGenericMotionEvent(MotionEvent motionEvent) {
      boolean handled = false;
      if (OuyaInputMapper.shouldHandleInputEvent(motionEvent)) {
        handled = OuyaInputMapper.dispatchGenericMotionEvent(this, motionEvent);
      return handled || super.dispatchGenericMotionEvent(motionEvent);

Store Identification

For developers who choose to use a single apk across multiple storefronts (Cortex, OUYA, Google Play, Amazon, etc), it can be important to identify which system the game was installed from -- especially now that some Cortex supported platforms also support Google Play. One way to detect where your APK was installed from is by using PackageManager.getInstallerPackageName:

    final String installedFrom = getPackageManager().getInstallerPackageName(getPackageName());
    if ("com.android.vending".equals(installedFrom)) {
      // From Google Play
    } else if ("com.amazon.venezia".equals(installedFrom)) {
      // From Amazon
    } else if (OuyaFacade.getInstance().isRunningOnOUYASupportedHardware()) {
      // From OUYA

Note that if you install your development builds via adb install mygame.apk then PackageManager.getInstallerPackageName will return null. The Cortex installer package name has a few different possibilities based, which is why suggest using the OuyaFacade.isRunningOnOUYASupportedHardware method.


Versioning is critical for every application so that reviewers and users are playing on the right build of your app or game. Every time a build is submitted for review, the version identifier in the manifest should be changed to a number that is higher than the previous version. See the Android documentation for more details about Versioning Your Applications. It will be necessary to increment the android:versionCode and android:versionName attributes within the manifest element for each build.

For example, the first time a build is submitted, the versionCode and versionName might look like this.

    android:versionCode="1" android:versionName="1.1">

The next time the build is submitted, the versionCode and versionName should be set higher than the previous version in order to submit an update.

    android:versionCode="2" android:versionName="1.2">

Supported Devices

After submitting submitting an APK to a store you may find that your game is automatically supported on thousands of devices. Manipulating the AndroidManifest.xml is a way to automatically filter the list of supported devices down to a managable level.

Increase the android:minSdkVersion and android:targetSdkVersion to Cortex levels will filter out a large set of legacy devices.

<uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="16" android:targetSdkVersion="21" />

On the Google Play Store, specify that your game requires a gamepad-controller by setting android:required to false. This will cause the controller required label to appear in the listing.


On the Amazon Store, specify that your game requires a gamepad-controller by setting android:required to true. (This is the opposite of Google Play Store.) This will cause the controller required label to appear in the listing.


On Android TV devices, specify leanback is required. This will reduce the supported-devices down to Android TV devices.

        android:required="true" />

Set touchscreen required to false which will skip automated tests on your game that check if touch input is supported.

      android:required="false" />

Getting APK Details

After an APK has been built, the AAPT tool can be used to get the package name and versionCode from the APK. The AAPT tool can be found within your Android SDK folder in the latest build tools subfolder. NVIDIA CodeWorks for Android installs AAPT in the c:\NVPACK\android-sdk-windows\build-tools\23.0.2\aapt.exe folder by default.

The following will output the APK details from the command-line.

"c:\NVPACK\android-sdk-windows\build-tools\23.0.2\aapt" dump badging game.apk

The above command will print something similar to the following.

package: name='com.company.gamename' versionCode='1' versionName='1.1' platformBuildVersionName='6.0-2438415'
application: label='GameName' icon='res/drawable/app_icon.png' banner='res/drawable-xhdpi-v4/app_banner.png'