So, you just got your brand new OUYA, meaning you were probably a Kickstarter funder for the project since it’s not yet available to the retail market, and you’re probably disappointed because you thought XBMC would come preinstalled for you. It will indeed come preinstalled with the consumer retail release of the device, but for now you’ll have to do a little bit of legwork to sideload the XBMC application to your OUYA gaming console device. Fear not, it’s super easy and won’t take more than a few minutes of your time.
HOW-TO INSTALL XBMC TO THE OUYA GAMING CONSOLE
- OUYA Gaming Console
- Internet Connection
PART ONE – INSTALL XBMC
Step 1: Start up your OUYA gaming console, we’re assuming you’ve already used it at least once before.
Step 2: Navigate to the “MAKE” tab under the main menu.
Step 3: Choose the “SOFTWARE” tab listed.
Step 4: Select the “Browser” which is an icon that looks like a globe.
Step 5: Using the remote control’s touchpad, go up to the top and choose the address bar field.
Step 6: Enter “http://xbmc.org/download/” (without quotations) in the address bar field.
Step 7: Click on the “Android*” link to begin the software download process.
Step 8: Wait about 5 minutes without touching anything, depending on your internet speed as there will be no indication of the download completion.
Step 9: Press the “A” button on the remote control several times to go back to the main menu.
Step 10: Choose the “MANAGE” tab this time.
Step 11: Now select the “SYSTEM” tab from the listed options.
Step 12: Choose the “ADVANCED” menu at this point.
Step 13: Under the “DEVICE” heading, click on the “Storage” option.
Step 14: Choose the “Downloads” heading and you’ll see a popup appear with your downloads.
Step 15: Click on the “xbmc-12.2-Frodo-armeabi-v7a.apk” option listed.
Step 16: Choose to “Complete action using” the “Package installer” option.
Step 17: Click the “Just once” button underneath.
Step 18: Select the “Install” button at the lower right of the window.
Step 19: Once completed, choose the “Done” button at the bottom left.
Step 20: Press the “A” button on the remote control a few times to return to the main menu once again.
Step 21: Click on the “MAKE” tab from the main menu listing.
Step 22: Choose the “SOFTWARE” menu option.
Step 23: Click on the “XBMC” icon for the first time, wait a few minutes for it to complete installation.
Step 24: Exit “XBMC” by clicking on the little power button in the lower left corner of the screen, then choose the “Exit” option when prompted.
Step 25: Relaunch “XBMC” by clicking on the icon again like you did previously.
PART TWO – CONFIGURE XBMC
Step 1: Navigate to the “File Manager” tab under the “SYSTEM” menu within the “XBMC” application.
Step 2: Choose the “Add Source” function on the left side of the window.
Step 3: Under the top field marked marked “Enter the paths or browse for the media locations” enter “http://fusion.xbmchub.com” without quotations, then press the “Done” button on the side of the on-screen keyboard.
Step 4: Under the “Enter a name for this media Source” field enter “fusion” without quotations and then press the “Done” buttom to complete.
Step 5: Press on the “OK” button at the bottom of the window to save the source.
Step 6: Verify that “fusion” is listed on the left side of the File Manager window, then return to the main menu.
Step 7: Go to “Settings” under the “SYSTEM” menu.
Step 8: Choose the “Add-ons” menu option on the left side of the window, press “Ok” if prompted with a first time use message.
Step 9: Select the “Install from zip file” function listed.
Step 10: Click on the “fusion” server item.
Step 11: Open the “hubwizard-beta” folder.
Step 12: Choose the “plugin.video.hubwizard.zip” file and wait a few seconds for it to install, then return to the main menu.
Step 13: Navigate to the “PROGRAMS” menu, then to “Program Add-ons” if given the option.
Step 14: Click on the “Hub Wizard” addon listed.
Step 15: Wait for the short promotional message to play, press the back or exit button to hide it afterwards.
Step 16: Select the “Android” icon from the listed options.
Step 17: Wait a few minutes for the add-on to download the appropriate configuration content.
Step 18: Press “OK” when prompted that the procedure is complete, then return to the main menu.
Step 19: Quit “XBMC” by clicking the little power button in the lower left corner or reboot your device then relaunch it and voila!
Step 20: Enjoy your fully customized, pre-configured XBMC setup.
Congratulations! You should now have the most tricked out OUYA setup running XBMC in the universe. We did it ourselves and it worked impeccably, possibly the best Android hardware to run XBMC that we’ve seen to date. Play around with it, it’s pretty much the same as any other XBMC. Like always, if you have any questions at all or want to let us know what you think, visit our Forums and we’ll be more than glad to hear from you. This OUYA is definitely some cool stuff, the Nintendo emulator especially.