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Mad Catz’ Android Gaming Console is the First to Actually Look Cool

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It seems as though Android-powered gaming consoles are pretty much a dime a dozen these days, whether they be the HDMI dongle variant or a full standalone console that you place next to your TV. Either way, most of them are all the same, some offering better hardware than others, while others offer better developer support, etc. Either way, at least to me, none have really been all that intriguing to look at. Sorry, OUYA, but I’m hard to impress. 

The newest console to soon hit the market is the Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O. console. Like all the others, it allows players to access their already existing titles through Google Play and play them directly through an HDMI port to their big screen TV. At least for me, there are two major differences between the M.O.J.O. and the competition. Number one being that this device is compatible with the Mad Catz lineup of full-sized controllers, which look and feel very much like the Xbox 360 controllers. I don’t know about you, but gaming takes on a whole other level once you get a real controller in your hand. Other controllers that are thin and don’t take up the full size of my hands just feel flimsy and cheap.

The second and maybe not-so-important reason that this console looks intriguing is its looks. A plain black box with that single blue LED line down the front. The console itself looks to be angled, another huge turn on for a design perspective, much more appealing that just a tiny box or some dongle you will never see. Either way, that could be personal preference, but it’s good to know that one of these Android consoles can actually excite me.

The device will be available starting sometime in Q4 and there is no word on exact specs yet. Let’s hope they’re decent.

Any thoughts on Android-powered gaming consoles? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Share your thoughts down below.

Via: Mad Catz

  • Michael Bosak

    I have a great MadCatz 360 controller from 06 before they sold the design to GameCrazy who then made it a garbled shadow of its former prowess. It was $15 and I still use it today. The trouble is, I can’t seem (for the life of me) to get it to register with my Android Mini PC, I’ve been at it for several hours now. The only help I’m finding is apps that are garbage and other sites saying “buy a dongle and plug that bitch in”. Sorry folks, but I’m not your mom who forgot to “plug that bitch in”. Overall though, I think this is an interesting move, but unless it supports game streaming to remote PCs (ideally co-operation with AMD would be in their best interests) I’m none-too impressed.

  • Brandon Golway

    I’ve debated on getting one of these “official” android gaming consoles but when I got an Odroid-U2 and put jellybean on it I figured there was no need for them. I have emulators on there, but I can’t really get a lot of Android games to work with the 360 controller either due to mapping issues or the game simply doesn’t have the options. I have the original Moga controller and the universal moga driver but I don’t have a bluetooth receiver for the Odroid :-/

  • Jason13L

    What are your thoughts on a console like BlueStacks is offering? Both Android and iOS games, but subscription-based. http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/7/4403888/bluestacks-gamepop-ios-android-games-tv

  • Bigwavedave25

    Personally I do not see the need for the small “hand held” ones and would not buy one because I have my phone which can do the same if I am on the go.

    Dongles or set boxes, that allow for big screen view/play, are a little different and I could see getting one of those one day.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Ha, I’m detecting a theme here… ;)

  • EvanTheGamer

    The ability to play all your ALREADY owns Android games from the Google Store on your HDTV is pretty big. When I first heard about the OUYA, I had imagined you could do this, but sadly you cannot, which is the big feature that’s sorely missed with the OUYA. Maybe in the update they’ll allow OUYA owners to play all their Android games, but doubtful.

    But because with Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O you can actually do this, it will probably sell pretty well.

    I finally got my Limited Edition OUYA yesterday, but haven’t hooked it up to my HDTV yet. Will probably do that today to check it out. We’ll see if I’m impressed. But after months of anticipated, I bloody better be! lol

    • Brandon Golway

      I didn’t realize that you had to buy Ouya optimized games, that kind of sucks. Makes me rethink wanting to buy one.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Yeah, it’s really unfortunate.

        You can, however, test drive ALL games(I think) to make sure you really want that game, which is pretty cool. But yeah, I really wish they made it so that your primary Google Play Store account(with all your games linked to it) was tied directly to the OUYA so you CAN buy play all your games on the console.

        Ah well, can’t have everything I suppose.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    Haha yup. Mad Catz controllers were the cheap pieces of crap that your friends always made you use when you played video games at their house.

    I don’t think I will be buying an entire console from them.

    • EvanTheGamer

      lol, you speak the truth.

    • Bobby Cornwell

      Hahaha so true!! I had my official gray controller that came with the system and I’d give my friends the Mad Crapz controllers when playing Super Smash Bros.

    • nyr2k2

      LOL that’s hilarious, and absolutely true.

    • Josh Shaw

      I lol’d when they made that MLG licensed controller. I could just see those pro gamers having sync issues now…..

      • Michael Bosak

        I’m having sync issues now, right now.

    • Brandon Golway

      Haha yep! I have two wireless official xbox 360 controller…and two wired madcatz controllers which I always give to friends lol

  • fauxshizzl

    So for the games that don’t support external controllers and only allow touch control, are systems like this just out of luck? Is there button mapping software for them? That is the reason I don’t play many Android games aside dumb time killers right now. On screen controls blow.

  • PSU_DI

    Just take this hardware and install Google TV Jellybean into it and call it a day. I like the idea of these game systems but Google needs to lead the charge by cultivating a really good android experience for the tv set.

    • WickedToby741

      Google TV should have included gaming from day 1. I think it would have fared much better as a gaming console that also controls your DVR and has access to online media sources (coincidentally just like the Xbox One). Why would it be so hard to make a Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 800 Google TV box and ship it with a decent controller?

  • Mallahet

    Major consoles are going to take a huge dive in popularity, with Sony and Microsoft killing off game rentals and lending. Also, the always-on “feature” will deter many people. Consoles are essentially just becoming media boxes, and if Ouya, Steambox, Mad Catz, or whomever can capitalize on sending out a quality product at a good price, Sony and Microsoft will have to rethink their strategies.

    I have both a 360 and a PS3, and I pretty much use them as media boxes now anyways. I doubt I’ll get any of the next gen consoles. I’ll consider getting one of the Android consoles or a Steambox, if they offer the same media streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc). And if anyone can score HBO subscriptions, a la carte sporting event subscriptions, etc, without having to have a stupid high cable bill attached, I think we as consumers finally win.

    PS – Oh, I suppose Nintendo has a console, too.. Maybe?

    • TheKaz1969

      I thought Sony was allowing trading, selling and renting of games with no restrictions?

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Sony is allowing it for First Party titles. They just released a statement that they would allow third party titles to have DRM or other methods if those parties wanted to implement them. So, any games made by Sony should not be restricted, but third party ones could still be.

      • Mallahet

        Yeah, you’re right. Made my post before the Sony reveal. Or at least before I found out about it. So kudos to them.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Not supporting this or anything, /s, but even if one of your friends had cable tv and you had access to their log ons you can watch a lot of that stuff already.

      as for media boxes, this is the whole reason i bought my ps3. Since replaced it with a roku, but….

  • NexusPhan69

    I still don’t get the point of these android gaming consoles. I have my PS3 controller paired to my GNex hooked up to my TV with MHL/HDMI. Cost me about $15 with all the cables and PS3 app. How are these worth it?

    • David Narada Brown

      I did this also, but i have the moga controller. this works great, only thing is it has a texas instrument processor instead of the qualcom or tegra. Both of those processors have serious backing when it comes to games so most are optimized for these processors. other than that im with you, why would i want any of these when i have a MHL/HDMI cord, Moga controller, and galaxy nexus? ( I really wish my nexus 7 had MHL support)

    • JoshGroff

      I do the same with casual games with my DNA, but it definitely wouldn’t be suited for online games. Although, no one really calls my phone, because I never answer it anyway. However, in the event that they do, and I’m in the middle of a live game, and it interrupts it, it’s just not worth the aggravation, you know.

    • JasonIvers

      I don’t suppose you could link to the cables & app needed? Also, does the app require root?

    • Brandon Golway

      Not everyone has a phone/tablet with MHL/HDMI ;-)

  • JoshGroff

    I’m definitely considering it. Play store access confirmed and should have a Tegra 4i if rumors are correct. Price is everything on these things, if it’s cheap enough, I’m interested. (Certainly not paying near 400, that’s much better spent on a PS4)

  • Eric

    So will it break if I touch it?

  • zurginator

    Ouya definitely wins from a design perspective, but doesn’t have the best controller. This is Mad Catz though, so we know the controller will suck.

  • Jonathan Bunch

    lets hope it has tegra 4 and a competitive/reasonable price.