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MadCatz M.O.J.O. Android Gaming Console Now Available, Costs $249.99

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Another Android-powered game console is now live for Americans to drop cash on, the MadCatz M.O.J.O. console, powered by a Tegra 4 processor. The console itself plus one controller, will run you $250, which is no laughing matter. It features full access to TegraZone, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store, but there is no feature that allows it to play anything other than Android games. For example, you can at least stream PC games to NVIDIA’s SHIELD device, so the M.O.J.O. is essentially a console that plays nothing but Android titles. If you are okay with that, then let’s talk about what you get for your money. 

Coming bundled with the console itself is a single Bluetooth controller, which is modeled somewhat after an Xbox controller. On the controller you have your standard console-grade buttons, triggers, bumpers, sticks, and all of that goodness. The console is powered by a Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.8GHz and it features 2GB of RAM, as well as 16GB of internal storage, runs Android 4.2.2, two USB ports, a MicroSD slot, HDMI out port, and even a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s a beast little device, and looks sexy to boot, but for $250?

It’s hard to justify a price like that, considering SHIELD is just $299 and actually offers more features and the portability aspect. With the apparent rise and fall of OUYA, are we realizing that Android-powered game consoles not really that desirable? We shall see.

Via: MadCatz
  • James Keano Keenan

    Will the mojo be able to upgrade to android kit kat

  • J Dub

    They can’t be serious? Why in the heck would anyone pay $250 for this?

  • XK

    I cannot wait for this to arrive at my door. If this works half as good as I anticipate I will pick up one or two more.
    This is a media center powerhouse, among many other attributes.
    MadCatz 2013 is far different than it was when we were kids. I’ve owned several recent gaming peripherals from them and have had nothing but success.
    Keep up the good work MadCatz, it may take some time to show everyone how you’ve improved. You have won me back (for now). I’ll post a review when it comes in I hope to be equally pleased.
    And yes I was one of the “friends” that was given a madcatz controller just to be beat down cause I couldn’t pull off any combos. Sometimes things actually change for the better.
    We’ll see!

  • jake

    we have a new mojo and we love it !! best one out there. Thanks Mad Catz

  • Alan Marchman

    Considering MadCatz’s build quality, they should’ve called this the P.O.S. instead.

  • fauxshizzl

    It would be neat for emulators but that is about it. IAP have basically ruined Android gaming for me.

  • Mark Schleupner

    This would be awesome for the console emulators like Genesis, SNES, N64, Playstation etc…. They work well on my phone, so they would work great here!

    • jadeveon da destroyer

      my sentiments exactly

    • Ismael Camarena

      ya ppl are stupid and dont think that this can work as a nostalgic virtual console as well as a media hub for anyone who doesnt have a smart TV like me. i have a samsung 1080p 60inch with no fancy wifi capabilities. someone like me would love to have the google play store up and running on my TV not to metntion playing all my questionably obtained movie/music collection. its not just a android game console!!! its a media beast!

      • Ken Hood

        My friend, I would suggest dropping 35 bucks on Googles Chromecast. You instantly, in about 10 minutes will have yourself a smartv and the ability to do so much more from any device you own. If you are unfamiliar I suggest you give it a look, just google Chromecast, it has been named the number one stocking stuffer of the year and setup is super simple. BTW, any DVD or gaming system you add to the tv is going to instantly make your tv a smartv and will probably provide you with more services than you need. Merry Christmas…..akakhood

        • Ismael Camarena

          i got one the first day it came out. never used it till they released the new apps couple weeks ago. cast doesn’t allow me to play games or emulate

  • Higher_Ground

    It’s not that android gaming consoles are undesirable – it’s that android games are undesirable. I haven’t played a game on my phone or tablet in several months, and even back then it was to waste time or out of sheer boredom where I would otherwise be twiddling my thumbs. I enjoyed mobile games for about 2 years, before I realized they are never going to be all that rewarding. If I’m going to sit down and play a console, I’m going to pick an xbox 360 (which you can probably pick up new for the same price or cheaper). If I want mobile gaming I’m going to use a nintendo 3ds.

    • György Chityil

      You can connect your Xbox controller with a USB OTG cable to your Android. Even better, put the two in a UtorCase and you are set for mobile gaming…

  • SayHeyJayHey

    Too bad they never made an Xperia Play follow up.

    • T4rd

      Ugh, that phone had so much potential, but Sony really skimped on the specs even for its time. Storage is what really crippled it, I think it had less than 512 MBs of usable internal storage and I don’t think you could transfer much games/apps over to the SD card. I was on the cusp of upgrading to it from my OG Droid, but just couldn’t do it. A S800 based Xperia Play today would be groundbreaking, IMO.

  • Jeff Torres

    See, I’m looking at this as a $250 micro HTPC that I can use as an XBMC client and play all my SNES, NES, PSX, PSP and GBA games on… I’d be spending about the same on PC components, probably more. This actually looks somewhat appealing, at least the concept does.

  • mustbepbs

    Like I’m gonna buy something with this price tag from MadCatz, the most infamous name in third party gaming peripherals.

    I’m sure it implodes after two weeks, right after all the buttons break the joysticks snap in two.

  • hfoster52

    But why??

  • Blue Sun

    Look like MadCatz lost their MOJO with this one.

    • hfoster52

      I see what you did there….

  • sirmipsalot

    Whether it’s this, or Ouya, or hooking up your phone to a tv… what games are you actually running on this thing that a person really wants to sit and play on a tv vs using a tablet or phone? Is the software for this use-case really even there? That was the dig on all the reviews of the Ouya – has it changed?

    • PeasantDave

      The Ouya has been steadily improving since its rocky start. Right now it dominates the local multiplayer scene [with my friends] between Towerfall, Bombsquad, emulation, and a variety of other fun titles.

  • DoctorJB

    Couldn’t you just use Splashtop HD (or THD) to stream your PC to the Mojo? Is the streaming any better through Nvidia’s proprietary solution?

  • RobTheIcon

    Shield is also $250 at Amazon and New Egg, which throws in a free t-shirt & a mini HDMI cable.

  • nonscpo

    $250 for a microconsole is a rip-off it doesnt matter how many bells and wistles it has, at the end of the day game developer support will be the same as the OUYA. So why not save yourself the $150 and get an OUYA?

  • megatron1960

    or… i can hook up my razr maxx hd, use my wii or ps3 controller and play them for free. what a rip off.

  • joejoe5709

    Sooooo why not just use a spec beast like the Note 3, G2, or Nexus 7 with a MOGA controller and run an HDMI (or similar connectivity) to a TV? I can understand the SHIELD a little more mainly because it’s a super portable, purpose-bulit machine and ultimately gets the job done better than your phone does.