Hands-On with Mad Catz: Mojo, CTRLr, New PC Gear

Mad Catz has a sizable booth at E3 this year, packed with new PC peripherals and a forthcoming Android console.

The MOJO, as it’s being called, will be an Android gaming console with, according to Alex Verrey, “the highest specifications possible at launch.” This could mean Tegra 4, as that’s the hip new System on Chip (SoC) right now, but don’t rule out Intel and Qualcomm just yet.

Regardless of the chipset, the MOJO will be running stock Android, with the prototype currently running 4.2.1. This is going to be the same experience that you’d find on a Google Nexus device, albiet with a controller and your TV instead of a smartphone or tablet. I/O ports included on the device are USB, HDMI, micro USB, micro SD, and audio out. The whole package easily fits in the palm of your hand. The MOJO should be available around the holidays, but specifics are being thrown around yet.

Complimenting the MOJO is the CTLRr, a new mobile-focused game controller. The CTRLr uses dual Bluetooth radios, 4.0 and 2.1, which makes it compatible with virtually every smartphone and tablet under the sun. The 4.0 spec is especially handy for compatible devices, as the latency sits around 6ms instead of the 100ms with older Bluetooth specifications. On top of the high-tech radios, the CTRLr also has several modes with a physical switch: PC Mode, Game Mode and Mouse Mode. The latter lets you use the CTRLr inside of Android as a mouse, manipulating touch controls more effectively than any controller joystick could.

Moving on to PC peripherals, Mad Catz is filling out the low end with the STRIKE 3 and FREQ 4D peripherals. The $100 STRIKE 3 is an entry-level keyboard, using the same aesthetic as the 5 and 7 models, but omitting the high level of customization.

The FREQ 4D is the first headset in the world to use Vivitouch’s 4D technology, which uses a rumble feedback system in lieu of bass in headphones. The presumed result is a richer mid- and high-end sound, with the rumble coming in for bass, explosions, etc. The FREQ 4D is also smartphone friendly, has a mic built into the right ear cup, and has dedicated EQ selector buttons (one for movies, games, etc.)

We’ll be sure to check out the new gear once it hits retailers. For now, keep it tuned to Game Front for more E3 news from the show floor!

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