Mad Catz has announced that it is preparing Project M.O.J.O., an gaming console that is based on Android.
Mad Catz is slated to give consumers a first look at the device during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week in Los Angeles.
According to Mad Catz, the device is a micro console that aims to give users the best of what Android gaming has to offer. It is designed to work with Mad Catz’s other products in the GameSmart line. A group of accessories made to be used with computers, smart TVs, tablets, and smartphones, these GameSmart products include mice, headsets, and gamepads that connect through Bluetooth, dongles, and USB. However, the console will also support USB and Bluetooth accessories made by other companies.
Project M.O.J.O. will have to contend against the other Android gaming consoles that are already available in the market. For one, there is the Ouya, which was a crowdfunding success, but had unfavorable reviews. GamePop, which is by the popular Android app player Bluestacks, just yesterday was revealed to be offering iOS games along with Android titles. Other notable gaming consoles include the NVIDIA Shield by the processor company, the Kickstarter-funded Gamestick, GamePop by the company behind the Bluestacks Android app player, and Wikipad, which features a detachable Android tablet and console combination.
Mad Catz has not revealed the official list of specs for its upcoming device, but IGN had already spent some time with the device during its prototype period.
According to IGN, Project M.O.J.O. may be expected to pack 16GB of internal storage, microSD card expansion, Bluetooth Smart 4.0, Wi-Fi, HDMI, an audio jack. Mad Catz is likewise said to be considering a Tegra 4 CPU for the device.
Mad Catz’s press release says that it it will try to target emerging markets with its new gaming console. That said, it did not disclose any price range for Project M.O.J.O.