Earlier this week we learned that Ouya intended to move beyond its own hardware, with its Ouya Everywhere program. At the time all we knew for sure is that Ouya’s first hardware partner would be announced shortly.
It turns out we didn’t have much of a wait. Mad Catz has officially taken to its blog to announce its partnership with Ouya. The Mad Catz M.O.J.O. will soon be receiving an update that will allow it to use every single app available for the Ouya, several of which aren’t available through the Play Store.
For now, it’s unclear if Mad Catz will also be bringing the Ouya UI and other elements, or if “Ouya Everywhere” is strictly an app store. What we do know is that between the existing Google Play store support and now OUYA library support, the M.O.J.O. has just become one of the most compelling Android-powered consoles on the market.
With Play store support and OUYA library support, the M.O.J.O. has just become one of the most compelling Android-powered consoles on the market
To sweeten the deal even further, Mad Catz has also slashed the price down to $199.99 — $50 off the original asking price. So what does $200 bring to the table? The MOJO is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, a Bluetooth 4.0 game pad, and runs Android. In addition to the Play Store and Ouya, there’s also the TegraZone and Amazon AppStore.
The big question is whether such a device is actually worth $200, even if it has a pretty impressive level of app-support. Honestly, it comes down to what you are looking for. If you want a true gaming system, you’re probably better off saving your cash and getting a full-fledged game system from Sony, Microsoft or even Nintendo. For those that want an Android set-top box with a wide range of game and app support, however, the M.O.J.O. could fit the bill.
What do you think, anyone planning on picking up the M.O.J.O. now that it supports Ouya’s library?