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. » Read the rest
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.”
Mad Catz is a popular brand for aftermarket gaming accessories. And as we’ve all seen, the Android platform is a pretty popular choice for gamers, so releasing gaming accessories for Android devices seems like a no-brainer, right? Mad Catz thinks so. They announced they’ll be launching “GameSmart” peripherals, which are basically just accessories that you can use across multiple devices. Your PC, your Xbox… or that shiny new Nexus 10 tablet. They’re releasing a wired and wireless mouse, a gaming headset, and a wireless gaming pad, and they all come in quite an assortment of colors and styles. Personally, I think something this universal is long overdue, and I’m excited to pick some of them up in early 2013 when they’ll supposedly become available to consumers. Hit the break for the press release.