In July of this year, popular peripheral maker Mad Catz announced they would enter the console market with their own Android-based, open source offering. Not only that, the company hoped to release their console — codenamed Project Mojo — by the end of the year.
Today, Mad Catz has confirmed their intentions by fully detailing their new console, the M.O.J.O., and announcing a release date: December 10th. It’s important to note, though, that the console will only be in limited quantities at launch.
As far as the design of the M.O.J.O. goes, it has a fairly standard look; sleek, minimalistic console unit and a Bluetooth controller with offset joysticks. At first glance, the M.O.J.O. looks like a fairly attractive console for the Android crowd. Take a closer look at the unit in the gallery below:
One area that could hurt M.O.J.O. sales-wise is its price. At $249.99, the Android-based console is much more expensive than most of its competitors, namely the Ouya and the GameStick. Granted, when talking the console market as a whole, the device’s price point is much cheaper than that of the Xbox One or the PS4, but we highly doubt Mad Catz is looking to compete with those juggernauts.
That being said, the M.O.J.O. is a significantly more powerful device than its competitors, boasting a 1.8 GHx NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, 16GB of Internal Storage, and 2GB of RAM. The Ouya, by comparison, only has 8GB of Internal memory and only 1GB of RAM. Whether or not that will make an appreciable difference in Android-based games is yet to be determined, but we should know more in December.
The M.O.J.O. also supports Mad Catz’s GameSmart platform, which allows any number of Bluetooth-ready devices to connect with it. So, while the M.O.J.O.’s controller, called the C.T.R.L.R., is the prominent input source, gamers can pair any number peripherals, including a mouse, keyboard, or headset.
With so many console choices available, both big and small, many gamers will likely have a hard time finding which one best suits their needs. This could be where Mad Catz swoops in, as the company is a known brand and has a reputation for building solid peripherals and tech. Not that the M.O.J.O.’s presence on the market will hurt Microsoft‘s or Sony‘s sales, but it could take some of the attention away from the Ouya, or even Project Shield.
What do you think? Does the M.O.J.O sound like an intriguing Android-based, open source console?
Mad Catz’s M.O.J.O. will be available December 10, 2013 in limited quantities for $249.99.