These days there is no shortage of hardware that enables gaming. There is Nvidia’s Shield, the Sony Vita, Vita TV, Ouya, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U and the list goes on. Joining that ever growing list is the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android.
Truthfully there is nothing overwhelming unique about this gaming system. But that isn’t to say it’s not worth a look. First off, it’s $250. That’s a fair clip of cash, especially compared against some of the aforementioned machines. However, it is packed with Nvidia’s latest chip, the Tegra 4, allowing owners of the system to play Tegrazone and Android Marketplace games. I’m no expert, but in theory the M.O.J.O. could eventually be upgraded to play streaming PC games from a networked computer, much in the same way the Vita TV can stream titles from the PS4.
In addition to Android gaming, Mad Catz says that you’ll also be able to stream movies, TV shows and music, as well as interact with select apps. All of it will be controllable via the included console like controller dubbed the C.T.R.L. R.
The C.T.R.L. R has three modes controllable via a switch on the back:
1. GameSmart Mode: operates virtually any Bluetooth Smart Ready gaming device, including smartphones and tablets.
2. PC Mode: the best game compatibility on your Windows or Mac computer.
3. Mouse Mode: the left analog stick controls the onscreen cursor just like a mouse.
Mad Catz will also include a travel clip, allowing you to use the controller in tandem with the games already found on your smartphone. Battery life, from a set of AAA batteries, is said to be about 100 hours, though your mileage will likely vary a bit.
Other features include full HD output, 5.1 channel surround support, a USB 2.o and 3.0 port, HDMI out, an Ethernet port, and microSD cards slot if the built-in 16GB of storage isn’t enough.
The Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-Console ships December 10th. You can preorder it on Amazon today for $249.99.