The Mad Catz microconsole: Out in December for $250
We've had the Ouya and the Nvidia Shield, while the GameStick and Amazon's own device are on the way soon. Now Mad Catz Interactive has staked its own claim in the rapidly-expanding microconsole market, with a release date and price for its M.O.J.O. console
The Android OS console will release on December 10, and can now be pre-ordered for $249.99. If you're wondering about that high price tag, it's due to the device's high-end hardware -- the M.O.J.O. includes an Nvidia Tegra 4 T40S 1.8GHz Processor, 2GB of RAM, and HDMI out capabilities with full 1080p resolution.
Mad Catz is positioning its microconsole as a more hardcore way for players to bring their favorite mobile games to the living room TV, and one of its main selling points is that it's totally open to developers -- the Amazon Appstore and Google Play store will both be available directly through the console.
Notably, you're also able to plug a mouse into the console -- or you can use the controller's left analog stick to console a mouse pointer on the screen.
Although Mad Catz hasn't yet talked in-depth about it, there is mention of the console being able to play PC games as well. All signs point to the same sort of technology found in the Nvidia Shield, such that the M.O.J.O. will be able to stream PC games directly from another PC device to your TV.
There are, rather strangely, no solid details regarding this functionality. Gamasutra has contacted Mad Catz for an explanation.
: After Gamasutra inquired about the PC gaming capabilities of the M.O.J.O., Mad Catz removed any mention of the functionality from its website. We haven't been updated with what this means exactly -- whether it was included by mistake, or whether it is not ready to be unveiled yet is unclear. We'll let you know when Mad Catz gets back to us.]