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Jun
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Just in case you needed another dedicated Android gaming device to choose from, Mad Catz has made the M.O.J.O. console official. You may know Mad Catz as the maker of the cheap third-party game controllers you were always forced to use at friends' houses. Well, now it's making a game console. What could go wrong?

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There aren't a lot of details on the M.O.J.O., but we do know it will have 16GB of internal storage, two USB ports, HDMI, and WiFi. Internals were not detailed, but earlier reports indicate a Tegra 4 chip could be used. The press release didn't clarify that point, but Nvidia's latest and greatest would at least make for an interesting angle when the OUYA runs on Tegra 3. Mad Catz did mention Tegra Zone and Google Play in the M.O.J.O. announcement, but the language is vague enough to mean anything. The PR does say gamers can play previously purchased titles at "no additional cost," so perhaps Google Play support?

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The other side of the M.O.J.O. announcement is the C.T.R.L.R Bluetooth 4.0 wireless controller that is expected to come bundled with the M.O.J.O. console. It has dual analog sticks, a d-pad, and media playback controls. Mouse Mode reportedly allows the C.T.R.L.R to be used in games designed for touch, but again, Mad Catz didn't offer very much detail on how this works. The bundle should slot nicely into the sub-$100 Android micro-console market in time for the holiday season. I know you're going to start saving up now. Full PR is below.

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT: MCZ) announced today the Mad Catz M.O.J.O., an AndroidMicro Console configured to harness the maximum gaming horsepower from an Android device expected to ship Holiday 2013.

“M.O.J.O. is basically a supercharged smart phone with no screen that plugs into your flat screen TV to bring the living room experience to mobile gaming. M.O.J.O. is designed to interact seamlessly with our GameSmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets, in fact, the entire eco-system of gaming peripherals”

M.O.J.O. is basically a supercharged smart phone with no screen that plugs into your flat screen TV to bring the living room experience to mobile gaming. M.O.J.O. is designed to interact seamlessly with our GameSmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets, in fact, the entire eco-system of gaming peripherals,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “We also want M.O.J.O. to be a truly open platform. People are already comfortable buying games from Google Play, Amazon®, TegraZone or any other retailer of their choice. They play those games on their phones and tablets already, and with M.O.J.O., they will be able to play them in the living room at no additional cost. The same approach applies to movies, music and any other digital media. Our focus is on providing the best hardware configured for performance, not forcing people to buy content from us.”

M.O.J.O. is expected to include the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R Wireless GamePad. A true, console quality controller, theC.T.R.L.R features both Bluetooth® classic and Bluetooth Smart (4.0) technology which provides ultra-low latency, interference free gaming and exceptional battery life. In addition, the C.T.R.L.R features a ‘Mouse-Mode’ which allows gamers to enjoy many software titles originally designed for a touch interface in the comfort of their living room.

[BusinessWire]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • serotheo

    Looks like it was inspired by the Slingbox.

    On a side note:

    Pricing & Stock Android will determine its success.

    I'm sure if it shipped with some custom store like Ouya while not having the same backing it will fail, and of course if it shipped with Stock then essentially it is an Android TV stick on steroids with a BT Controller packed in.

    Oh and if its too expensive, why not an HDMI compatible tablet or I suppose Ouya, Shield at that point?
    - If its too expensive then jump to something cheaper.. Ouya.
    - If its too expensive jump for something comparable on price but more flexible.. Shield?

  • Herman

    I guess I'm that friend, then.
    I've got one of those MadCatz controllers. They've turned orange from all the potato chips I ate..

  • philnolan3d

    That looks like the OnLive Universal Controller.

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    Why is it that more and more devices (PS4, this thing) are being designed with impractical shapes that whilst appropriate in the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, are not practical for stacking or otherwise lining up with other rectangular objects?

    Overstyling also means these things will look all wrong in a few years. Good design, such as the original iPhone (that I still use), doesn't really date, and tends to be practical too.

    Not commenting on the spec or business model, just the design! ;)

    • Jordan Caviness

      If I could UP and DOWN vote your comment . I would. I understand how physical designs can be a bit exaggerated, but this also evolves and innovates aesthetic presentation...if I'm going to buy a device, it has to be sexy, box designs no longer cut it.

  • Alan Shearer

    So many android consoles a.k.a. unconsoles (horrible term btw) with controllers. I see one good thing out of this, more android games will come with controller support, hopefully some type of universal controller support.

  • yobbei

    "cheap third-party game controllers you were always forced to use at friends' houses"

    I LOL at that so hard.

    "You use this one!!"

    "No it's your turn to use the crappy one! you use it!!"

    • Jordan Caviness

      I'm not gonna lie, my friends had to use madcats controllers.parents did not believe in $40 official controllers..lol

  • Sean Lumly

    The use of Google Play and Tegra Zone, and the modern specs give this a clear edge over Ouya. However, Mad Catz reputation has me second guessing the quality of this device..

    • didibus

      Agreed, while I respect the original intent of the Ouya store, having a kind of curated, made for Ouya selection. I wished they had put Stock android and just pre-installed the Ouya store and an Ouya launcher that works for TV, a kind of Steam for Android, as opposed to a fork.

      • rob

        exactly. why would i want to re-purchase all the apps i already own on the play store? ouya needed play store integration. unfortunately, mine is just a xbmc box now.

      • Sean Lumly

        My thoughts exactly. I also appreciate the Ouya game selection screen, but this could have easily been done with a custom launcher.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    I don't know, I kind of feel sorry for the guys behind this product.

  • mynamedoesnotfi

    Actually, Mad Catz makes some pretty good stuff nowadays, not like the shitty secondary controller days. The name still makes me cringe though.

    I don't get the android console hype though. It seems inferior to real consoles and not at all worth price. Reminds me of those 50-games-in-one consoles from China that you could buy at the supermarkets years ago.

    • didibus

      I kind of dig them. Especially the ones that don't have their own market, like this one. I already have a bunch of fun little Android games I bought. And I'm sure if more "console" type machines are being purchased, more Android games will be made to work with controllers and bigger screens, and hopefully, with local multiplayer in mind.

      I can have a lot of easy simple fun with these type of games, that just work better for me and my girlfriend, or me and some friends just hanging out, not wanting to get into a big crazy video gaming session, just have some casual living room fun, while we have music, beers and some dancing going on at the same time.

      Also, this is really different than those 50-games in one consoles. For starter, the games are made by third parties, not the manufacturer of the machine. And most importantly, this is not a locked in device, this is like buying a micro pc, it's a full blown ARM computer, the MOJO hopefully will have Tegra 4 in it, with a plethora of ports and bluetooth and wifi and all included. Even has internal storage and microSD slot. This makes for an extremely versatile machine.

      The MOJO allows you to plug in any mouse, keyboard or controller, not only mad catz accessories.

      • mynamedoesnotfi

        But a lot of your post relies on an 'if'. Because at the moment, local multiplayer on android doesn't really exist. And the real consoles (xbox, playstation) don't only offer blockbuster titles (which is what i suppose you refer to, with 'big crazy video gaming session'), they offer smaller party games and coop games too on PSN and Live Arcade. 4-player local Bomberman, that type of stuff.

        At the moment I just don't see the need for Android on the big screen. A lot of games are awful (hence my 50-games-in-one reference), and a lot of them are fine, because they're for the road. But at the moment I just can't see myself come home after a long day, sit down on the couch, and turn on my android console.

        And I know lots of different peripherals can be used. But I bet you get tired of the mediocre games before you've tried all forms of input.

        • didibus

          Everything depends on the games. That's obviously an enormous if, but it's always the "if" of every console. Personally, I would want NVIDIA to make an android console, since I believe they would have the capacity to drive developers onto their platform. But who knows what will happen, if a lot of small companies all make consoles, and the total sales of all of them is a big number, devs will want to tap into that market.

          Also, truthfully, to me, I see this as a nice way to have something on my smaller TV that's in my bedroom. I don't want to buy a second Xbox, and I wouldn't want such a big and cumbersome piece of hardware on my tiny bedroom table that house a 24 inch TV. But it would be nice to transform it into a Smart TV and a casual gaming console. This MOJO would fit the bill.

  • FactsAreFun

    Not sure about these things as a gaming platform. But how about as a dirt cheap general computing device? With USB, Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity and the proper development toolkits... could be a fun platform to play with.

    Anybody who has experience with Android for control, data acquisition, robotics and the likes?

  • james kendall

    I still have my madcats ps2 controller the build quality was not that bad at all. Some were just rougher on their controllers then me.

  • Scuba steve

    I feel there is a lot of potential. Worst case scenario, your TV becomes your tablet. I like the idea very much, I feel the thing that is going to limit this device is the community of developers. If Google invests in games the way they are claiming to, I would imagine more people would use this, or products like it.

  • Matthew Fry

    Are they going to put annoying periods after every letter on everything now? N.O.T.I.M.P.R.E.S.S.E.D.

  • http://www.ouyareport.com/ Justin

    This is looking pretty cool. Personally I think its good for Ouya competitors to come out. Lets get a whole line of indie consoles so we can have great alternatives for the big boy consoles. Ouya Report: OUYA news, reviews and more - http://www.ouyareport.com

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