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Mad Catz's 'hardcore' microconsole will indeed stream PC games
Mad Catz's 'hardcore' microconsole will indeed stream PC games
October 11, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

October 11, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Mad Catz has confirmed that the company's upcoming "hardcore" Android-based microconsole, M.O.J.O., will be able to stream PC games to the user's television.

The functionality is expected to be similar to what can be found on the NVidia Shield, although a representative from Mad Catz said the feature may not be available on the M.O.J.O. from launch.

"For PC streaming to work, M.O.J.O. will require a simple update which we hope will be available shortly after launch," the representative told Gamasutra, who added that a date had not yet been set for this update. "The plan is indeed for M.O.J.O. to enable streaming from compatible PCs', allowing gamers to play their PC titles on the living room TV."

Mention of this functionality was originally present on the M.O.J.O.'s website but removed shortly after the device's official announcement, likely owing to the as-yet uncertain timeline for rolling out the feature.

The M.O.J.O., which is intended to be completely open to developers, is currently set for release on December 10th.


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Pierre Xavier
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It will fail, due mainly to the price point, it's way too expensive and doesn't really offer much to be honest.

Duong Nguyen
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Actually if it's using the Nvidia Shield tech for streaming which have been getting rave reviews, it might succeed. Getting next gen console experience on your TV at 1080p streamed from your PC for less than any next gen console price + built in android OS and apps? Hmm for some, that's quite attractive.

Dane MacMahon
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It's a neat technology for PC gamers who want to use the living room (not me), but I wonder how it meshes with the usual "AAA" PC gamer's focus on better graphics and framerate. Unless this is an amazingly crisp 1080p imagine with no input lag I would think the sacrifices involved would be untenable.

Jennis Kartens
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I don't get the "living room" argument for most of these things. If I had a living room and want to play in there, I'd place a PC there, or if necessary, lay out some cables from room to room.

Why is a PC with thousands of case options today, ranging from far better looking HTPC cases to almost invisible medium/big-towers as well as silence in any situation not suitable for the living room?

Never in my life have I seen a living room where you could not fit in an absolute default PC somewhere. And in any case, they'd look better as the Wii or Xbox.

Dane MacMahon
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It's about convenience I'm sure. People want a plug and play experience, hence the dominance of consoles and even Steam on the PC. So while it's relatively simple to make a HTPC and even get a wireless keyboard/trackball controller, or whatever else, people avoid it because they can't just unbox it, plug it in and go.

So I understand the drive to make a PC gaming on the TV plug and play solution. The problem is people who have gaming PCs already have shunned the plug and play experience of a console in favor of the PC. They also likely value the enhanced fidelity PC offers. So you're marketing to people a) who don't mind the complexity, and b) who will shun the compromises this forces on you.

Seems like a product with no audience to me.

Micah Betts
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Good points, but you can't ignore the appeal of this also being a streaming media box with a much more simplified and TV-friendly interface than having full Windows on your PC. So this is basically:

- Media Streaming (over LAN from your local PC files or streaming services)
- PC game streaming
- Android gaming (slowly improving)
- Shared games/apps from Google Play or Amazon
- A universal gamepad that can change modes for any of these uses

All in one. You could probably connect a USB webcam and use it for Skype calling too!

There's no other device anywhere that can do all of these things.

Glenn Sturgeon
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Looks like a good starter set up for people who are intrested in PC games (the better ones which dont always make it to console) but don't want to spend $400+ for a full pc to get to play them.

Kujel s
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This will help the Mojo for sure.

Rob Graeber
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I just hope it doesn't use Mad Catz brand controllers..

Kujel s
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I guess you didn't hear at the announcement this uses mad catz controllers.

Mike Garcia
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Kind a late here but I wrote a detail review on the specs, as I dont have one yet.
The Mad Catz M.O.J.O is a high end micro-console with a “MOGA PRO” like controller which can also be used on a Desktop plus more!

This going to be big for high-end android games!

From my blog is: http://xpcoin.com
"Ouya sales haven’t been impressive with only 27% percent of Ouya console owners have bought games .

Most people wanting this device will primarily want it for high-end Android gaming and not so much emulation.
Developers with games in the TegraZone with controller support will deferentially have an increase in sales due to the M.O.J.O.

So, if you need to buy a Tegra 4 device and a good Bluetooth controller, the M.O.J.O. would be among the most cost effective solutions to date. The C.T.R.L.R, functionality/button wise is as good as or better then Sony’s or Microsoft’s controller. It definitely doesn’t lack buttons!"


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