The long-term appeal of Android micro-consoles might still be in question, but for now, there’s clearly a market for Android game systems. While devices like the Ouya and Gamestick go after the low-end market, Nvidia currently targets the mobile gamer with the high-end Shield. Is there room for more Android-powered game consoles? Mad Catz seems to think so.
Back in June, the accessory maker announced that its so-called Project M.O.J.O. would not only be powered by Android but would even offer Google Play right out of the box. Fast-fowarding to today, we now have specs, a release date and pricing.
According to Mac Catz, the M.O.J.O. will be heading our way on December 10th for a price of $249.99, and is available for pre-order immediately. While the MOJO’s asking price is over double that of the Ouya, it also offers considerably better hardware.
The MOJO is powered by a 1.8GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 T40S CPU, has 2GB of RAM and features HDMI out capabilities with a 1080p resolution. Other specs include 16GB internal storage, microSD with support for up to 128GB SDXC cards, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and 2 USB ports. There’s also Android 4.2.2 with the previously promised Google Play support.
Is the increase in specs and inclusion of “full Android” worth the extra money? It depends on what you are looking for. If you like the idea of a full-powered Android living room device for your multimedia, entertainment, browsing and gaming needs – then the MOJO could be a perfect fit for you. For those that already have smart TVs or another set top box, a device like the Ouya might be a better choice.
Interestingly enough, the MOJO is also rumored to be adding support for PC games in a manner similar to the Nvidia Shield. While Mad Catz has yet to confirm or deny such a feature, we have reached out for comment and will update if we hear back. For now, we’ll take that particular claim with a grain of salt.
Based on what Mad Catz has officially announced about the M.O.J.O., are you interested or do you feel that $250 is just way too much for an Android gaming device?
“The M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android has attracted strong interest due to its high-performance hardware, open software platform and the ecosystem of accessories,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “M.O.J.O. is the center piece of our GameSmart(TM) mobile initiative and brings core gaming experiences to the mobile platform.”
Confirmed specifications for M.O.J.O. include an NVIDIA(R) Tegra(R)4 T40S 1.8GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, HDMI out capabilities with full 1080p resolution, Bluetooth, microSD(TM) Flash Slot with Support for SDXC(TM) Cards up to 128GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and the Android 4.2.2 operating system.
For additional information and to pre-order, please visit: www.madcatz.com/mojo/
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I think there is definitely a market for this and im thinking about getting this or something similar, but 250 may be a little steep
Way too expensive!! 100 bucks is the sweet spot for something like this not 250.00. Especially with the new xbox, ps4 and Wi coming soon. For 250 bucks I can buy a tablet, sync my blue tooth controller to that and have the same setup. Why Mad Cats… why!!
250 is definitely too much. I mean with the next gen console being priced 400(ps4, xbox one) to 299(Wii), a Tegra4 powered console shouldn’t be so expensive.
Ill stick with the 99$ console TVM -_-
Why play this when a PS4 exists? lol
So how many games come free with your Xbox one and Ps4 for $400? Which I’m not sure is even correct. How many games are in the Play store for free? A bluetooth controller worth buying is also $40 to $60 so you can subtract that from the $250. Not to mention the portability of this unit. Easily taken to any hotel, a friends house( for kids mostly) or moved to another room. Not a sermon… just a thought :P
Oh and on top of all that, I’m all in for an Xbox one…I’m in love with the thing…. so no hate there :)
Ok so I gotta keep adding haha The XBOX ONE is $499! Twice that of this device, not to mention $60 a year for web access. And PS4 $399 with no games.
When the OUYA start-up was announced, many were critical of the specs for the system, wishing for much more. Many others, on the other foot, wondered if it could meet and be delivered at its’ price goal of $100USD, based on the current footprint. Now, we have a system from a company that has more back-up capital, with specs that might have been those preferred as the OUYA’s base specs, but at a price of $250; still about half or more of the upcoming consoles. Small and low-power, with decent performance, has its’ costs. :/
I agree. The Tegra 4 is a top of the line SOC.Not cheap! Curious to see some Benchmarks… pending their not cheating on them :-P
It is really cool but I do have to agree that it is a little bit pricey. 150 bucks and I would order it no problem.