Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Android Console Arrives In Dec. For $249
Mad Catz has been showing off the M.O.J.O. since E3, but the Android “micro-console” finally has a price and a release window.
The M.O.J.O. will hit store shelves in December (presumably before Christmas) for $249.99. The full spec list is below, but the M.O.J.O. basically takes the guts of a high-end smartphone, removes the screen, and drops in into your living room. The Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC and its 72 GeForce GPU cores will handle any game or HD movie you throw its way without issue (yes, even 1080p Blu-ray rips), and the I/O suite is media-friendly, thanks to the two USB ports, MicroSD slot, and HDMI output.
The M.O.J.O. isn’t the first gaming-focused Android console to hit the market — the heavily customized but much cheaper Ouya holds that distinction. However, the operating system on the M.O.J.O. is stock Android, which means it can access games through Google, Amazon, and Nvidia TegraZone.
The Achilles heel on the M.O.J.O. is the price, without a doubt. It sits uncomfortably between the wallet-friendly Ouya ($99), and Nvidia’s own Shield handheld Android console ($299). That extra $50 gets you some worthy extra features, like a built-in 5-inch 720p display, decent speakers, and PC-to-Shield game streaming. The M.O.J.O. does benefit from being a Mad Catz product, however, as the console will immediately work with many of the PC peripherals made by the company, wireless and wired alike. Using a mouse and keyboard on an Android console is an interesting proposition, even if the KB+M support in Android game is lacking.
Along with the M.O.J.O. console, $250 gets you a C.T.R.L.R. (a wireless gamepad made by Mad Catz, pictured above), and an HDMI cable.
M.O.J.O. Product Specifications
- NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40S 1.8GHz Processor
- 16GB Internal Storage
- 2GB RAM
- Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
- Pre-installed Google Play and NVIDIA TegraZone Apps
- Wi-Fi b/g/n Support
- Bluetooth v2.1 + 4.0 Support
- USB 3.0 Port
- USB 2.0 Port
- MicroSD Flash Slot
- HDMI Out
- 3.5mm Headphone Socket
- 100Mbit Ethernet Socket