Ouya CEO says 'there is still much to do' in update to early adopters

With 60 days to go until the retail launch of Ouya, company CEO Julie Uhrman took some time out today in a blog post to say "there is still much to do" and pledge that the new hardware platform will be "constantly evolving."

Ouyas began shipping to Kickstarter backers last week, and the company is looking for feedback from those users so it can refine the software and even the hardware for the future, according to Uhrman.

"The software, store, games will continue to evolve and grow, and as early backers who have exclusive access during this period before launch, we want you to be a part of that process," said Uhrman. She added that the company is considering adding extra magnets to the controller, since some customers have opened the box to find that the faceplates (beneath which the battery resides) have become dislodged during shipping.

Ouya's software is in a constant state of revision, according to Uhrman, with the developers focused at the moment on improving the responsiveness of the interface. They're also working on implementing a bunch of new features in time for the console's retail launch, which is set for June 4. Among those features are external storage, a "simpler game install process," additional metrics for developers, controller support for video players and extra payment options. In addition, the software team plans to improve the "discovery and curation of current games" as more titles become available on the console.

We got hands-on time with Ouya last week, and while we thought the console has a lot of potential, we had concerns about its ability to realize that potential. We had issues with the hardware thanks to the "mushy and unresponsive" controller, and with the software because of "sluggish" navigation through the console's menus. Uhrman told Polygon last week that the hardware is finalized — it's "baked, it's complete, it's done."

Uhrman plans to answer questions directly during a Reddit AMA that is set to occur during the first week of May.

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