Mad Catz is Working on an Android Console Too
It's going to be a busy E3 for Android.
During Mad Catz Interactive's financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended March 31, 2013, company President and CEO Darren Richardson said the company is working on its own Android "micro" console, and plans to reveal the device during E3 2013. Currently it's called Project M.O.J.O., and is being designed to interact seamlessly with the company's 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," he said. "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."
The news follows the company's announcement that its GameSmart products will be compatible with Nvidia Tegra-based mobile devices. "Mad Catz expects to implement compatibility for the Tegra mobile processor into a forthcoming range of products, affording users the benefits of fully optimized mobile gaming accessories," the company said.
That said, it's presumed that the upcoming Android micro console will be flavored with Nvidia's Tegra 4 or the older Tegra 3 at the very least, Bluetooth Smart technology, HDMI output, and Android "Jelly Bean". It may even support multiplayer gaming on the same screen – PowerA announced a similar feature with its next-gen MOGA controllers which are also making an appearance at the show.
"Our GameSmart initiative aims to enable core gaming on smart devices, similar to the console living room or PC gaming experience," Richardson said earlier this week. "By adding Tegra compatibility to our GameSmart control products, we can provide an enhanced and optimized gaming experience to TegraZone gamers. We are excited to be working closely with Nvidia and believe it fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers."
Although the schedule is now full, we've reached out to Mad Catz to schedule some time with these controllers and the Android micro consoleduring E3 2013.