Release Date and Price Announced for Mad Catz Android Console

by on October 9, 2013

Mad Catz have announced that the M.O.J.O, their micro Android console, will launch on December 10th for $249.99 (or £219.99 for us Brits).

The console might seem a smidge on the pricey side, but it does come with a lovely looking controller.

Confirmed specifications for M.O.J.O include an NVIDIA® Tegra®4 T40S 1.8GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, HDMI out capabilities with full 1080p resolution, Bluetooth, microSD™ Flash Slot with support for SDXC™ Cards up to 128GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and the Android 4.2.2 operating system.

So why choose M.O.J.O over competitors like Ouya? Well for one, Mad Catz extended peripheral range goes hand in hand with the machine, giving you access to mice and headsets out the gate, which is a nice deal sweetener.

Something that offers this many methods of control, from a company as reputable as Mad Catz, could help Android gaming break the living room. The only off-putting thing right now, for me, is the price.

That said the controller looks mighty fine, and that’s the main thing that devices like the Ouya and Gamestick have got wrong thus far. Well, that and operating systems. And stability. Hopefully for more than two hundred pounds, Mad Catz will have all of that under control.

Like this? Why not share it...
  • http://www.godisageek.com/ Lee Garbutt

    Yikes, that’s pricey. For that price, I’m not entirely sure why anyone would pick this over a PC or console.

  • Mrteapot

    Ain’t nobody got tjme fo dat!

    Rather pick up a wii u lol

  • Aj Beamish

    Too expensive to even consider trying. Especially considering they’ve made some of the shoddiest peripherals I’ve ever purchased. They’ve priced themselves out of the market. Microsoft did the same thing with the Surface.

    You want to enter the game console market, you better make a good console and sell it cheap and try to recoup your losses in other ways.

  • Musikonica

    I’d like to turn on my tv, pick up a controller, switch to a channel (an XBox channel, Playstation channel, Nintendo channel, Android I guess…) and just play. Hit me with a monthly subscription per channel. But no consoles. We should be beyond them. Your HDTV probably has USB and ethernet cable ports. Your HDTV can connect online and use certain apps or widgets. And we already have universal remote technology, so why can’t gaming controllers made by each company?

    But probably not going to happen due to each console set up differently and company earnings decreasing when all they have to sell in the box is a controller and a monthly subscription. At least, on the top of my mind.

  • http://www.godisageek.com/ Lee Garbutt

    It’s an interesting idea, one that was already adopted by both SEGA and Nintendo in the mid-90′s (via the SEGA Channel in North America and the SNES Satellaview in Japan). Even self-professed “Father of Videogames” Ralph Baer had a similar idea in the 60′s.

    Both of those services allowed you to download games over cable and satellite respectively, and play full retail games for a monthly subscription. It was primitive technology by today’s standards, but it actually worked.

    It wouldn’t be a stretch to implement similar technology in a modern television set, although you’d still need it to be powerful enough to play whatever games you’d want to play on the service – It would be too expensive and limited for next-gen quality games, but for Android-style gaming; it would be theoretically be feasible to have that technology built-in to the display – Maybe even have some sort of cartridge that would contain the hardware, so it would be upgradable.

  • http://GodisaGeek.com/ Adam Cook

    In “real life”, I don’t know a single person who has purchased one of these Android consoles. I mean, everyone I know is desperately saving money for the PS4 or Xbox One!

  • Musikonica

    Hey, thanks for the history lesson. I had no idea this had been done. Must have missed the SEGA Channel. But yea, I agree it’d be expensive and limited. Although, Sony makes televisions and of course, the Playstation. They could merge the two. But even so, that would mean you’re forced to buy a Sony tv to get the Playstation. And then is a Sony PSHDTV going to let XBox and Wii play nicely on it? Probably. But it’s competition so who knows.

  • http://www.godisageek.com/ Lee Garbutt

    Another quick history lesson – When Sony was on good professional terms with Nintendo, they had actually released a television with a SNES built in to it. In 2010 they also released a Bravia television with a built in PlayStation 2.

    So the idea is sound – Not sure why this kind of thing never took off.

  • Musikonica

    WOW. Maybe it failed in marketing because I never heard of that. Thanks again!

  • Bernard Marx

    Any product they make is trash. I bought a control pad from them and you could only use one analog stick at full open at a time. So you could only go full left, or full throttle in a racing game but, if you tried to do both it would cancel out lol. The headset was absolute garbage too. I wouldn’t buy this at $50, it wouldn’t work from the get or die in a week.

  • Bernard Marx

    For a long time now you can buy thumb drive sized android computers that plug right into the hdmi of your tv and support bluetooth control devices.

  • Green

    I’m so confused, who thought that making a console over at madcatz would be a good idea, and why aren’t they fired yet? O.o