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Mad Catz console to compete against Ouya

There were a lot of people who are really excited when the Android-powered gaming console turned up on Kickstarter called the Ouya. The $99 device has seen several delays in its efforts to come to market, but fans are still clamoring for a small and cheap game console that puts Android games and applications on a big-screen TV in the living room.

Gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz is now talking up its own Android-powered game console called Project M.O.J.O. and the company says it will be the most powerful Android-powered game console out there. While all of the hardcore details aren't available at this time, the device is believed to use NVIDIA Tegra 4 SOC. That assumption is made from some things that Mad Catz CEO has made concerning the device.

Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson said, "Like everything else we do, M.O.J.O. is all about performance."

Richardson added:
M.O.J.O. is an android micro console configured to extract the maximum horsepower from an android device to deliver the best gaming experience. It’s basically a supercharged smartphone, with no screen, that plugs into your flatscreen TV and is designed to interact seamlessly with our GameSmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets; In fact the entire ecosystem of gaming products. We also want M.O.J.O. to be a truly open platform. People are already comfortable buying games from Google Play, Amazon, TegraZone or any other retailer of their choice. They play those games on their phones and tablets already, and with M.O.J.O., they will be able to play them in the living-room at no additional cost. The same approach applies to movies, music and any other digital media. Our focus is on products providing the best hardware configured for performance, not forcing people to buy content from us.

The game console will be unveiled at E3 next week. There is no indication of exactly how much the device will cost, but speculation is that the M.O.J.O. will come in at less than $150.

Source: Thingsmicro

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RE: Android "Consoles"
By flyingpants1 on 6/7/2013 11:03:34 AM , Rating: 2
They use next to no power, are compatible with bluetooth controllers, and run emulators. That's WAY more than enough to justify a $99 purchase.

NO TOUCHSCREEN. NO! The point is to create a platform on which developers will actually create games that use a controller as the primary method of input. Most games on Android are poor quality, 2D, F2P, adware/begware baloney. I am sick of mouthbreathers giggling about Candy Crush. I know actual gamers are a niche market, but we spend more on games than casuals do. Let's find a happy medium?

There are a few cool games with native support for gamepads like Max Payne and GTA3/Vice City, and probably a few dozen others, but it's hard to find them unless you already know what you are looking for. This should change, IMO every single PSX/PS2/Xbox/N64 console game should be redone and ported to Ouya.

RE: Android "Consoles"
By karimtemple on 6/7/2013 11:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
I said it should have a touchscreen and buttons.

In fact, an Android set-top should not only be a tablet with buttons and a docking station, it should come with a standalone controller as well.

The best-case scenario would be that Google comes out with a class of apps in Google Play called "Hardcore Games" or "Gamepad Apps" or something that effectively serves as the market for console-killer type software and gives manufacturers/inventors a reason to go nuts over figuring out a controller setup/design that gets a great tie ratio.

I have what I think is the best controller idea (with or without the Gamepad App Store), but I'm reluctant to share it in case I come across an opportunity to execute (and strike it rich! aaaaagghhh $_$!).

RE: Android "Consoles"
By AkuPyro on 6/7/2013 12:22:09 PM , Rating: 2
Or perhaps a controller with a touch screen? Such as Shield from Nvidia that also has a HDMI output?

RE: Android "Consoles"
By karimtemple on 6/7/2013 12:29:46 PM , Rating: 1
That thing is stupid.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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