Gaming peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz are taking a punt on the burgeoning Android gaming console scene, using this week’s E3 conference to show off their M.O.J.O. Android home gaming console.
The micro console will be compatible with Mad Catz existing GameSmart peripherals, and owners will be able to tie their existing Google accounts to the machine in order to play games they’ve already bought from the Android Google Play store.
Beyond USB support and HDMI output, little is known about the hardware powering the M.O.J.O., but Mad Catz seem confident that it will perform well in what is quickly becoming a busy market.
“M.O.J.O. is basically a supercharged smart phone with no screen that plugs into your flat screen TV to bring the living room experience to mobile gaming,” said Darren Richardson, the president and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
“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 M.O.J.O. will also come with the Mad Catz C.T.R.L wireless gamepad. Offering both standard Bluetooth and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for longer battery life and lower latency, the controller will also feature a “Mouse Mode”. As the C.T.R.L is pretty much a riff on the standard Xbox 360 controller (without a touchpad), the Mouse Mode will allow Android games that require touch input to be played.
Expect the M.O.J.O. to be going head to head with OUYA once it launches this Christmas.