In case you haven’t been paying attention to your calendar too closely, next week is the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, which means we will likely see a bunch of gaming related news over the next few days. The latest that might interest Android gamers involves the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. micro-console and OnLive, the online gaming service. The companies have announced the completion of a project to optimize the OnLive Android app so that it will run on the M.O.J.O. This will give users of the OnLive service access to over 250 AAA games via the PlayBack game service as well as their own library of games via the CloudLift service on the M.O.J.O.
Mad Catz and OUYA will be working together to bring OUYA content to the M.O.J.O. micro-console. With this content, the console itself will receive a price cut. It will now be priced at $199.99 in the U.S. with a similar price cut heading to other major territories. All existing content will be available on the console later this spring, with more content on the way. Darren Richardson, the President and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. had this to say about the deal:
“With more than 680 games and 33,000 developers signed up, OUYA features an impressive catalogue of content from AAA developers and independent publishers, all of which are designed to replicate the core gaming experience, taking advantage of the TV and controller.”
So if you’re in the market for a dedicated Android console but can’t decide between the M.O.J.O. or the OUYA this may make your decision a little easier. Hit the source link for the full presser.
Source: Mad Catz Pressor
Mad Catz’s Android-powered MOJO gaming console has been successfully rooted, and as a result, users will be able to access the Google Play Store, as well as thousands of other applications.
It obviously involves flashing a custom boot image using your computer (no overwriting the existing ROM), so be careful if you don’t have any rooting experience.
The Mad Catz M.O.J.O. is a new gaming console which is powered by Android and was recently showed off at CES 2014. The console is now available through a number of retailers for $249 and boasts some impressive specs. It features a Tegra 4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The AAA powered controller and HDMI cable come in the box, so there will be no messing around with buying extras before you can set it up and use it.
Hit the break for our hands on video with the console, and make sure to check back here for all the latest from CES 2014!
If you’ve been waiting for Mad Catz’ M.O.J.O console, the release date is here and you’ll finally be able to pick one up. A few retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and Gamestop are offering the $249 console, but you can also order one directly from Mad Catz if you would prefer.
The specs haven’t changed since we last heard about the device, so you’re still getting a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage for games, plus the Google Play Store. Mad Catz has thrown in a AAA battery powered controller and HDMI cable in the box, so you’ll be able to get started without having to buy anything extra. You can also connect any smartphone or Windows PC via Bluetooth to the console.
At $249, this is still a pretty tough sell, I think. The NVIDIA Shield is currently going for the same price and offers a lot of portability (and things like NVIDIA’s GameStream), plus you won’t have to deal with AAA batteries with the Shield. Aside from that, most bigger consoles are seeing holiday sales right now, so it’s not hard to find a PS3 or Xbox 360 for less than 200 bucks. Maybe some people think Android games on a flat-screen offer a better gaming experience than dedicated video game consoles, but I’m just not sold yet.
What do you guys think about Android gaming in the living room? Inevitable future or just a fad that’s going to blow over after the PS4 and Xbox One have been on shelves for a few months?
With NVIDIA funneling all of their streaming technology under one brand, Mad Catz has wanted to get their hands on GameStream. Now there is very good news regarding GameStream’s presence on Mad Catz’s MOJO. In an interview with Engadget, a PR director from the company said that “we’re talking to NVIDIA and we hope to enable GameStream soon after the launch of the console.” Currently, GameStream is only available on NVIDIA’s SHIELD handheld console. When MOJO gets GameStream support, it would be the first third party device to do so. It’s always a good sign when companies work with one another because it accomplishes a goal more efficiently; therefore, expect this to be done soon after MOJO’s December 10 launch.
It appears that Mad Catz, the manufacturer of quite a number of not-so-cheap gaming companions like mice, controllers, games and even apparel, have just announced they’ve heard the vast cries for a more Android centric gaming keyboard. That’s right, the company is introducing their latest product, the S.T.R.I.K.E. The keyboard is an NFC-enabled device with bluetooth capabilities solely focused on Android gaming. Remember the M.O.J.O. console from E3? Yeah, that’s them. The team is dubbing this as “GameSmart” and will be showing off their implementation of micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys which provide precision actuation and tactile responses.
In addition, there’s an optical finger navigational mouse sensor with dedicated hardware buttons for a better gaming experience on Android. Furthermore, the company is clearly pushing the aesthetics department a bit with their futuristic Bill & Ted excellent design. Overall, we think they look pretty innovative. The company is offering the option of three different colors for now. You’ve got the choice of gloss red, black or white. Check out the rest of the images below as well as the presser and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Mad Catz has already directly stated they were planning on jumping into the Android console market, they just didn’t give any details on exactly what that console was going to be. Today, they’ve revealed everything you’ve wanted to know about M.O.J.O. including specs, pricing, and a release date.
Under the hood, this thing packs a Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory and a slot for microSD cards up to 128 GB, a full HDMI output, and two USB ports, one of which is a USB 3.0 port. It’s running Android 4.2.2 and comes preloaded with NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone, as well as Google Play. No need to rebuy all of your games again! No word on if it’ll be completely stock Android, but it’s pretty likely we’ll see some type of custom launcher to work with the controller that’s boxed in with the console. Fortunately, the controller looks very well designed, although considering Mad Catz is a company that makes aftermarket controllers and accessories, that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’ll be available December 10th for $249, which is a decent date and price to set this thing up to be a hot holiday item.
As we expected, today at E3 Mad Catz revealed their entry into the Android-powered gaming console market with the Project M.O.J.O device. The gaming platform will run on Android and will support both traditional Bluetooth devices and those running Bluetooth Smart 4.0 when that is available for Android. There will be two USB ports available for wired controllers or accessories and support for HDMI, WiFi and microSD cards to expand on the 16GB of internal storage expected to ship with the device. The devices is expected to ship with a C.T.R.L.R. Bluetooth controller. Mad Catz is also building in support for mouse devices to account for the fact that a touch screen will not be available. This support is expected to eventually include the ability for the game controller to function as a mouse via the joystick.
Well it looks like 2013 is going to be the year of Android gaming consoles. We already have the OUYA and the soon to be released GamePop, and it looks like Mad Catz is about to join the party. We really don’t have much information about it other than it will be shown at next week’s E3. The only reason we know that it exists is because Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson referred to it in their latest earnings report:
“At next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles we will unveil the keystone product in our GameSmart initiative, Project M.O.J.O., an android micro console configured to harness the maximum gaming horsepower from an android device. The Project M.O.J.O. android micro console is being designed to interact seamlessly with our GameSmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets. With our long history in the gaming industry, Mad Catz has the technical capability, product breadth, global distribution, and developer and publisher relationships that uniquely position our company to embark on this ambitious initiative. We believe the GameSmart initiative fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers and our strategy of expanding into emerging markets.”