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?
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?
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 Android™ Micro 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.