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/
About Mad Catz
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (nyse mkt:MCZ) is a leading global provider of innovative interactive entertainment and leisure products marketed under its Mad Catz(R) (gaming), Tritton(R) (audio), and Saitek(R) (simulation) brands. Mad Catz also develops flight simulation software through its internal ThunderHawk Studios(TM); publishes games under its Mad Catz brand; and, distributes games and videogame products for third parties. Mad Catz distributes its products through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment and leisure products and maintains offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information about Mad Catz and its products, please visit the Company’s website at www.madcatz.com.
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