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Mad Catz MOJO Microconsole Is Ruinously Expensive

Jonathan Lester
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Mad Catz MOJO Microconsole Is Ruinously Expensive

Professional detachment be damned, because sometimes we have to call it as we see it. Mad Catz have managed to practically doom their M.O.J.O. Android micro-console to obscurity before it has even released thanks to a ridiculous price point. Are you ready? Promise you won't laugh?

Okay: this Tegra 4 set-top box will set us back £219 in the UK.

You promised you wouldn't laugh.

The M.O.J.O. is designed to be a premium Android console to rival the OUYA, its main improvements being a beefy Tegra 4 mobile processor, SD card slot, excellent controller and most importantly Google Play support. This will allow players to access an enormity of content, as well as using their own existing accounts and game libraries.

However, the lack of a proprietary marketplace means that Mad Catz will have to make the bulk of their money on hardware, since the vast majority (if not entirety) of software sales will end up going to Google. As you can plainly see, this has lead to an insane UK price point, which is doubly galling considering that it's $249 in the US. And, you know, you could buy an OUYA for £99.99, a Wii U for £250 or a PS4 for £329.99.

“The M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android has attracted strong interest due to its high-performance hardware, open software platform and the ecosystem of accessories,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.  “M.O.J.O. is the center piece of our GameSmart mobile initiative and brings core gaming experiences to the mobile platform.”

  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40S 1.8GHz Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • HDMI out capabilities with full 1080p resolution
  • Bluetooth
  • microSD™ Flash Slot with support for SDXC™ Cards up to 128GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Android 4.2.2 operating system.

I never thought that a single console could make the OUYA, NVIDIA Shield and Gamestick look like fantastic value, but here we are. More to the point, I personally feel that the Android Micro-Console race is a fad doomed to peeter out in due course, since they'll be entirely obsolete when native mobile-to-TV streaming and Google Play-equipped smart TVs become the norm. Plus, you know, we already have phones.

Add a comment8 comments
hurrakan  Oct. 9, 2013 at 11:48

Well it's Tegra 4, which is much better than the Ouya's Tegra 3.

Still, I think I would prefer the Nvidia Shield (also Tegra 4).

Late  Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:29

Half the price and I might be interested.

Not a chance at £220. Android and microcomponents are both advancing at a much faster rate than traditional console operating systems and components, meaning this machine will be completely outdated within a year or so.

It's bad enough that I have to update my phone once every 18-24 months and my tablet once every 18-24 months. I ain't interested in adding a £220 console to that list.

Kais  Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:33

Price is pretty much what I was expecting as soon as it was announced.

Colour me unsuprised.

chieftex  Oct. 11, 2013 at 12:28

I class this as a shame. I would have bought this if it was priced in "impulse buy" territory.

hurrakan  Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:08

Double the price of the Ouya is not too bad, considering that the Tegra 4 is six times more powerful than the Ouya's Tegra 3. And a much better controller than the Ouya's.

Last edited by hurrakan, Oct. 12, 2013 at 12:09
foxtaur  Oct. 22, 2013 at 21:24

Take it from me guys, the nvidia shield is a worthier device. Just make sure the dpad is fine. My unit thankfully wasn't a dud.

This piece of @#$% is too expensive, will outdate quickly when tegra 5 comes out.

foxtaur  Oct. 22, 2013 at 21:26

NB = I thought it was gonna be priced between $120-175. I sure guessed wrong and it's a shame their asking too much for this device in an already overcrowded niche gaming market

Bob122  Jan. 7, 2014 at 23:55

Haa the price conscious micro-console review... not.
Try analyzing the hardware to see what it does first?
Don't worry, google xda developers mad catz mojo

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