Pre-Orders Open for Tegra 4 Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Console

Android gamers waiting impatiently for Mad Catz Interactive's M.O.J.O. console can now pre-purchase the device for $249.99 USD. The console will begin shipping on December 10, 2013, packing a Tegra 4 SoC, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. That's $50 less than Nvidia's Shield handheld, which has its own built-in 5 inch touch screen, mini-HDMI output and can be played anywhere.

"The M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android has attracted strong interest due to its high-performance hardware, open software platform and the ecosystem of accessories," said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. "M.O.J.O. is the center piece of our GameSmart mobile initiative and brings core gaming experiences to the mobile platform."

As previously mentioned, the M.O.J.O. sports a Tegra 4 quad-core chip clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Wireless N and Bluetooth 2.1/4.0 connectivity, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, HDMI output (full, not micro), a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a card reader supporting SDXC cards up to 128 GB. Although Google nuked the apps2SD feature in Android a while back, this extra storage can be used to locally store photos, music and video (Play Movies doesn't support SD storage).

Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" is the OS of choice, and that's good news for Android gamers who already have a large library of purchased titles stocked on Google Play. The console will ship with Google's storefront intact as well as Nvidia's TegraZone app, which lists Android games offered on Google Play that takes advantage of Tegra hardware. By comparison, the OUYA Android console launched this summer doesn't support Google Play games, and instead forces owners to purchase their games again through the console's "closed" marketplace.

The M.O.J.O. Android console also comes bundled with a GameSmart C.T.R.L.R. Wireless Gamepad that provides three different gaming modes. The device is based on Bluetooth Smart that promises lower latency, extended battery life and compatibility with other Bluetooth devices. The device even plays well with touch-focused games, allowing users to control an onscreen cursor with the left analog stick.

For the price, Android gamers are getting a console/streaming media player and a gamepad, whereas the similarly specced Nvidia Shield crams both into one form factor and adds a 5 inch touch screen for $50 more. Unfortunately, the M.O.J.O. arrives during the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 season, so even if Android gamers take notice of the Mad Catz gadget, they may be saving up their money for the shiny new mainstream consoles, and plan to continue to play their favorite Android titles on a phone or tablet.

To pre-purchase the M.O.J.O. Android console, head here.

UPDATE: Here's what Mad Catz had to say about streaming PC games from Nvidia Kepler-based PCs:

"The plan is indeed for M.O.J.O. to enable streaming from compatible PC's, allowing gamers to play their PC titles on the living room TV. However, we have not yet confirmed when this functionality will be enabled.  For PC streaming to work, M.O.J.O. will require a simple update which we hope will be available shortly after launch."

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  • Wa... wait for pc update??? Its like asking rockstar to fix gta 5 ....
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  • 113772 said:
    230873 said:
    Wa... wait for pc update??? Its like asking rockstar to fix gta 5 ....
    Nothing wrong with GTAV....amazing game.

    yes there is, I cant play it on my pc yet :pfff:
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  • OUYA just died...ROFL. So now we have shield for on the go gaming (vs. Vita/3DS) and MOJO for house gaming (vs. Xbox1/ps4/360/ps3). Now all we need is the real deal to land, with a box the size of xbox1 etc, a fan/heatsink on it and with 100w psu or so, so it can handle a jacked up core. Tegra4 at 3ghz or something should be doable under a regular heatsink and fan. They are fanless/no heatsink at 1.8-1.9 so sure surely you can get another ghz out of a proper cooler and a huge xbox sized box right? Throw 4 in a box at 3ghz each and let me know if it matches a jaguar :) They can't be more than $25 each (T3 sold for $21-23) which would put them about where AMD is likely charging for their chip.

    Actually you would only need 2 quad a15s (close to jag if running 3ghz), then double down on the gpu side for both (144 cores each chip instead of T4's 72). Google should put this box out. Probably wouldn't cost more than a few million to double the gpus on each T4 (NV is experienced and slapping 2 chips on a card, sli etc). They should be able to price it around $300 since they don't need a dime on it and just want to sell more software, ads etc while stopping console sales. No bluray and no need for profit means you should be able to sell it under xbox1/ps4 easily. Mojo only covers a cheap entry, you need a highend box. I hope google doesn't just make another MOJO. We already have 1/2 dozen cheapo ones. Mojo, gamestick, gamepop, ouya, sheild etc. Someone needs to put out a 100watt box with an amped up soc to get closer to xbox1/ps4! Steamboxes are coming though, so maybe we're already covered, but I'd still like a top end android based box.
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