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The concept of playing Android games on a TV is hardly an original premise, with Ouya being by far the most well-known means of doing so to date. Yet that Kickstarter-backed console isn't for everyone, and if you've wanted to get your hands on something packing more power under the hood, then your eyes have probably landed on the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. at some point over the past several months. Well, the wait is over. The $249 console is now available from a handful of retailers, including Mad Catz directly.

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Some retailers, such as Amazon, still show the console as out of stock. Yet you can already pick one up from GameStop, Newegg, and TigerDirect. While it may be worthwhile to pick up the console on the merits of its specs alone - 1.8GHz Tegra 4 Processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.2.2 - what really sets this system apart is its access to the Play Store. Unlike with Ouya, you don't have to repurchase games you already own in order to install them on the M.O.J.O.

Inside the box you will get the console, a game controller (which will require two AAA batteries) an HDMI cable, and the power cord. If you want to get your hands on one, hit up the link below.

Mad Catz M.O.J.O.

Source: Mad Catz

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Michael Romano

    $250.... smh

    • Ray Sunghwa Woo

      I was thinking the same thing and I thought about why. I think it's because they don't make money off of the game titles unlike other gaming consoles where they sell the console below the margin and charge $50-60 per each game title. On Android most games are $1-5 and a few are $10. So maybe in a long run, you might save money.

      • darkNiGHTS

        Save money by buying things you don't need? An Android gaming system in an open ecosystem isn't sustainable because of what you mentioned. PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U are typically sold at a loss or break even point and they make it back on software.

        • didibus

          Agreed. You shouldn't look at the mad catz as a gaming system, but instead, an Android computer bundled with a controller.

          • Hal Motley

            Like this thing? XD

            Specifications blow away everything because it's running standard PC components. Last time I checked (about 7 months ago) it was kicking an Intel i5, if I recall:

            http://www.iconsole.tv/

          • didibus

            Sounds like an interesting little machine. I wonder how secure their full linux support in Android will truly be. It's nice to see them adding Open GL 4 support to it and keeping it open to 3rd party stores. I just really hate the name, why call it the iConsole when it's running Android and not iOS, bummer.

        • Primalxconvoy

          Incorrect. It's just a matter of how you make your money.

      • Davis Hernandez

        yeah, but... but... ouya xD

        • Primalxconvoy

          From a hardware and software front, the ouya can't compete.

          • Hal Motley

            Particularly from the looks of that controller, inside components aside.

            That controller looks way more comfortable to game with, the OUYA 2 might solve most of the current issues I have with the controller (like the feel and the analogue sticks)

    • Whyzor

      Yup, too expensive. Consider the alternatives, Android HDMI sticks (or set-top boxes) for less than $100 (Or even a tablet with HDMI out, Hisense Sero Pro, Nexus 7, Nook HD...etc), a bluetooth controller (PS3 or Moga) for less than $50 and you have the same thing.

  • David Hart

    Ouch, batteries for the controller is kinda a bummer.

    At the same price as the Nvidia Shield... why would you buy this?

    You can already do everything it can, and more for the same price.

  • Alex

    No thanks, I rather get a PS3 with GTA V and The Last of Us for $250.

  • Finguz

    $249.99 which translates to £219.99, which to me is £70 too much for what it is. If it was £150 I might pick one up to play with.

  • Derek B

    Seems a little steep in price, a PS4 is only $150 more.

  • nonscpo

    So for $250 I can get a MAD CATZ MOJO or a NVIDIA SHIELD...Yeah id rather keep the money. Hardware doesnt sell hardware only software can do that, put some interesting games and lower the price and then well see how this does.

    • Matthew Fry

      Well... comparing the two you listed, the shield is a waaaayy better value proposition.

      • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

        Not necessarily. For GameStream to work, a big feature IMO:
        1. Shield
        a. nyko bluetooth controller
        b. ethernet dongle
        2. MOJO
        a. nothing else

        • Maniac

          Assuming Mojo gets gamestream - which to my knowledge is up in the air right now.

    • Primalxconvoy

      If it can play the majority of AAA mobile games (galaxy on fire, ff4, rr3, asphalt 8, Nova 3, etc) then it's already got the interesting games and is leaps and bounds ahead of the ouya. With mouse and 3rd party controller support then it can then beat the ouya on all hardware fronts (throw in multiple usb external drive support at least for media playback and files and it's great).

      Apart from the history of Mad Catz's QC issues, the only thing keeping it from being a contender is the price, unfortunately.

  • Matthew Fry

    That's uh... a very 360 like controller there.

  • Andy Stetson

    Batteries? Really? What is this, an xbox 360 Arcade Edition? C'mon man! At least give me a rechargable controller since you cheaped out on the storage! Only 16gb for a "gaming console"? Thing needs at least 32gb, a 64gb option would be even better (NOT using crApple's horrid pricing scheme).

    • renz

      why people hate controller with batteries? batteries are easy to replace.

  • steelew

    Video review?

  • jake

    i got my mojo last night its great !!!!! we love it , very fast and fun.

  • Hugh Johnson

    MHL or SlimPort adapter and a wireless game controller, problem solved. No need for these android powered consoles when I can just plug my phone/tablet to my TV and play games already.

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      Sigh. And if someone is playing and you'd like to make a call, or check your email, or do anything. Then what?

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