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Android game console displays on TVs, PCs, phones

Oct 11, 2013  |  Eric Brown
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Mad Catz announced $250 pre-orders for its Nvidia Tegra 4-based Android game console. The MOJO Micro-Console for Android ships with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, USB and Ethernet ports, and a separate gamepad controller with multiple modes for playing games on TVs, PCs, or other Android devices.

Like the Nvidia Shield, the MOJO runs Android 4.2 on an Nvidia Tegra 4 system-on-chip. But while the Shield can act as a standalone mobile console, the MOJO is intended to work on a TV or PC monitor. Considering the MOJO is unburdened of a touchscreen or battery, either the $250 price is a bit high, or else Nvidia’s $300 Shield was more of a bargain than it’s been given credit for. On the other hand, the MOJO offers a few more ports than the Shield, along with some other nifty features.



Mad Catz MOJO console and controller
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Mad Catz separates the box from the gamepad, a la the $99, Tegra 3-based Ouya Android console. (This week the Ouya received a new release dubbed Ogopogo, which patched numerous bugs and added external storage support.)

Like the Nvidia Shield, the MOJO backs up its powerhouse, quad-core Tegra 4 SoC with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD slot. WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are provided, and unlike the Shield, a 10/100 Ethernet port is supplied as well. Also unlike the Shield, a USB 3.0 port is included along with a USB 2.0 port, and as with the HDMI port, they are full-sized ports. A headphone jack is also available.



Mad Catz MOJO rear panel connections
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The separate CTRL Mobile Gamepad offers standard gamepad features and media buttons. It features Bluetooth 4.0, and a data exchange rate of just 7 milliseconds, claims Mad Catz.

The controller provides a switch that can flip between several modes. The standard GameSmart mode, which also supports other Bluetooth Smart Ready gaming devices, is designed for use with a TV. There’s also a PC mode “to enable the best game compatibility on your Windows or Mac computer,” and a Mouse mode, in which the left analog stick controls the onscreen cursor like a mouse, enabling support for touchscreen-based games, says the company.

A travel clip lets you securely connect an Android smartphone or tablet to the CTRL device. The MOJO is pre-installed with TegraZone and Google Play games, but it also supports other Android app stores, including Amazon’s.

Specifications listed for the MOJO Micro-Console for Android include:

  • Processor — Nvidia Tegra 4 T40S (4x Cortex-A15 cores @ 1.8GHz)
  • Memory:
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16GB flash
    • MicroSD slot for up to 128GB
  • Wireless — 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0
    • USB 2.0
    • HDMI with 4.9-ft. cable
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Controller — CTRL Mobile Gamepad with Bluetooth, media buttons, mouse mode, 2x AAA batteries, USB Nano dongle
  • Software — Pre-installed Google Play and Nvidia TegraZone apps
  • Operating system — Android 4.2.2

 

The MOJO Micro-Console for Android is available for pre-order for $250. More information may be found at the MOJO product page and the MOJO pre-order page.
 

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