30
Jun
mojorisin

The Mad Catz M.O.J.O. didn't exactly get a glowing review from us back in February, but bless its little heart, it's still trying. The latest official firmware update adds some significant features to the device, making its $199 retail price a little more palatable. The MOJO is now the first device to support OUYA Everywhere, which means that it gets access to the games on the proprietary OUYA store in addition to the built-in Google Play Store. 

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Speaking of which, access to the Play Store is being expanded as well. According to the MOJO blog post, the device will now be able to support the "vast majority" of games on the Play Store, something that was previously possible only with root access. (Which Mad Catz is totally cool with, by the way.) Exactly what changes have been made isn't clear, though I'd imagine it has something to do with the build.prop file.

Lastly, MOJO now supports native output to 4K televisions and monitors with a resolution of 3840x2160. If you happen to have one of these displays, go nuts... though sprite-based 2D games won't really see any benefit, and the most intense 3D polygonal games are likely to run considerably slower at four times 1080p resolution, even on the MOJO's Tegra 4 hardware.

This is a notable update for MOJO, and having access to the few OUYA exclusives can't hurt when it goes head-to-head with a small army of Android TV boxes later this year. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Source: MadCatz

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.twitter.com/andrewpalozzo Andrew Palozzo

    Could've been awesome if they got local PC streaming support like the shield (Nvidia Gamestream)

    • Amarus Kh

      Limelight should work perfectly on the M.O.J.O.
      But it's still weird that they don't have that built-in.

      • http://www.twitter.com/andrewpalozzo Andrew Palozzo

        Oh that is awesome!! How did i miss this? That said now with Android TV, im tempted to just wait for some of the newer products now.

        • primalxconvoy

          I suspect mojo will update their units to support android tv when the time comes.

          Ouya needs to do this too, to stay relevant.

          • wat

            and the processor too hopefully

          • ReyMaxwin

            Ouya is a backward company looking to strike it big by killing off Google's store and fees. Ouya is probably the reason these Mojo boxes are stuck in 4.1 and not upgraded, which is needed for their Bluetooth LE controller.

          • primalxconvoy

            I have to agree.

    • khaled mourad

      They got Onlive PC gaming support but not mentioned in the article and Tegrazone gaming and other Android gaming and Apps that you will find on Mad Catz site

  • James Steven Handshoe

    Cool, OUYA has some great games, glad to see them reach the Mojo!

    • primalxconvoy

      But most of those grea ouyat games are already on Google Play...

      • James Steven Handshoe

        It's a crap shoot finding games with controller support on Google play whereas on ouya I don't have that worry. I like using both though.

        • primalxconvoy

          Except that on the ouya, not all games work with everyone's controller set up. The official controller is buggy, bluetooth support is poor, no moga support, plus attaching usb devices like keyboards or mice interfere with controller compatibility.

          I'd say Google Play has better controller support then ouya.

          • James Steven Handshoe

            True, though every OUYA ships with an OUYA controller, and Google Play can be put on the OUYA rather easily. I don't use it often though, I've found no reliable way of telling Google Play to filter out to me games that have controller support, and even then, not all the games there support everyone's controller setup, it's entirely up to the game developers for robust controller support.

            Google Play and OUYA both need work in a couple of areas, but I enjoy them both.

  • Ariel Dekalo

    Looks like someone is going to sniff something of of it

  • khaled mourad

    It is not like other Android boxes. It with high end Nvidia Tegra GPU for quality gaming and 4K output and 4K upsacalling. Not only Android Games and TegraZone Games but also OUYA and Onlive PC cloud gaming.

    Also all kind of Apps like Netflix and Facebook and could do Android computing like Tablets and Smartphonts thru the Offices suitea even twitter and many.

    It is also got a controller that could be used withnthe like of smaetphones with a clip for mobile gaming.

    Also option Mad Catz high quality Gamesmart accesssories like the BT Keyboard, coach mouse and Headwets .

    • Nicholas Polydor

      True, but this unit would be a poor investment given that the autumn will give us Android TV boxes with the ability to use the NVIDIA Shield 2 as a controller.

      • hoosiercub88

        Yeah.. if graphics are your thing. Android TV w/ the Tegra K1 are going to be a much better option, and will have Google Play Access.

      • primalxconvoy

        And the moga controllers.

    • primalxconvoy

      Except android tv will be able to run all of those apps, too (office software, games, etc) and some of them will feature different chips, which will almost certainly include tegra chips.

  • firesoul453

    I'm still waiting for an ouya with correct analog stick placement.

    • primalxconvoy

      A ps3 pad fan? Me too! That's why i use a ps3 pad on my ouya.

  • Khaled Mourad

    also few weeks ago announced MOJO for Onlive PC Cloud gaming

    with Nvidia Tegra, it means also High Quality gaming with Android and TegraZone gaming

    Add Mad Catz STRIKE M & Mad catz Gamesmart Mouse and headsets and you got a PC on a TV

    Also the bundled Game controller got a clip tht let you attach your smartphone and Play games as a mobile console

  • Grez

    Mojo and Splashtop app, Xbox 360 USB wireless receiver attached to your PC plus an Xbox 360 controller= streaming any controller compatible pc game to the MOJO. Works flawlessly with PCSX2 and Dolphin emulators. I do this to sit on my couch and play on a 60 inch screen.

  • khaled mourad

    The MOJO CTRLr is magic with mouse mode. Work as a mouse PC and Mac mode Smarthpones mide with a clip and TV boxes

  • khaled mourad

    Also the CTRLi controller and the mini version is soon for iOS and other. Demoed at E3