Ooh Ya? How to Change the Ouya Controller Battery

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Uh, Where’s the Ouya Controller Battery Slot Again?

Finding the batteries in your Ouya controller might feel like searching for unicorns at first ... unless you've got a map, of course. Image © Jason Hidalgo

So you’ve got your brand-spanking new Ouya console. Perhaps you were one of those enterprising Kickstarter backers who actually got it on time. Maybe you even got the nice limited edition brown/bronze version for backers that sets Donald Trump’s heart — and wispy locks — aflutter. Heck, you might have even obtained it through regular retail channels such as Amazon, Gamestop, Best Buy or Target. So now you’re ready to get your Android gaming on and unwrap the Duracell battery included in the package so you can put it in your new Ouya controller and - uh-oh. Where’s the battery slot?

If you can’t seem to figure it out, you’re not the only one. See, unraveling the Ouya battery mystery requires you to tap into your inner MacGyver. The fact that the brains behind the Ouya console decided not to put battery changing instructions in their little quick start sheet certainly doesn’t help. No worries though as we’ve definitely got you covered here at the good, old About.com Portable Electronics site. And before you ask what the Ouya is doing in a portable electronics site, well, the cute little console is sorta, kinda portable, right? You can even say the same thing about the wireless “portable’ controller. Yeah, it’s a stretch and I’m digging myself a deeper grave here but oh well. Anywho, let’s open up this little baby shall we?

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Pry Open the Side of the Ouya Controller

Loosen the sides of the controller by working it with your fingers. Image © Jason Hidalgo

So to access the battery slot of the Ouya controller, you’ll need to pry open the sides with your fingers of steel. No, I don’t know why they didn’t just engineer this thing to have a normal battery slot like most other gadgets but that’s apparently their story and they’re sticking to it. I do find it a bit funny how they managed to keep the price of the console plus one controller under $100 but getting a separate controller costs close to $50. For that price I wish the controller felt a bit more solid and not so clickety. I mean, it looks nice and all but feels like a budget third-party controller to be honest. But I digress, onward to the tutorial.

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Take Off the Ouya Controller Right Front Cover

Taking off the right cover reveals one of the battery slots. Image © Jason Hidalgo

Once you’ve loosened the sides adequately enough, take off the right cover and voila, there’s your first battery slot. Do you have to always start off with the right cover? Actually, no, but I always want to get started on the right track. Get it? “Right” track? Because I started with the “right” cover and, uh, never mind. And yes, I won’t quit my day job.

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Take Off the Ouya Controller Left Front Cover

Underneath the Ouya controller's left cover is another battery slot. Image © Jason Hidalgo

Just as you did with the other side, now take off the left front cover. Must … resist … cracking … a … joke … about … “left” field. It’s taking all my willpower, people!

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Insert Batteries Into Your Ouya Controller

Insert the battery while making sure the fabric loops are underneath. Image © Jason Hidalgo

So now you can finally insert those gosh-darned batteries of yours. Note that the positive portion of your battery needs to be aligned with the top of the device for both sides. Also note that little fabric loop in the battery compartment. You’ll want to make sure you position it under the battery so it’ll be easier to take out the latter once you run out of juice and need to replace it. It’s the little details that matter after all, folks.

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Cover Up The Ouya Controller

Put back the front covers on the controller. Image © Jason Hidalgo

Once you’ve got your batteries inserted and ready to go, then you can cover up that bad boy once again. Just align both covers with the buttons on the right and the left stick on the, uh, left and press down on the edges like you would a raw empanada dough shell. Never made empanadas before? Then you’re on your own, buddy. Seriously, it’s not that hard.

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Get Your Ouya Game On

And that's all she wrote... Image © Jason Hidalgo

And there you have it. Your precious little Ouya controller is now ready for action. Now go pat yourself in the back and then try to calm down when you remember that you have to go through this whole ordeal again when you run out of juice. My kingdom for a rechargeable Ouya controller that I can simply plug in... Other than that, though, it’s all good.

Jason Hidalgo is About.com’s Portable Electronics expert. Yes, he is easily amused. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo and be amused, too. For more about gaming, check out our Portable Gaming Hub.

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