Mad Catz gets its M.O.J.O. working, announces release date for micro-console

Mad Catz, a company that has found great success selling console accessories like whacky-colored controllers and headsets, announced the official release date for the Android-powered console it debuted at E3, the M.O.J.O. Micro-Console.

The console will go on sale on December 10 for $249.99 and will feature an NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40S 1.8GHz processor, 2GHz of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with the ability to expand up to 128GB with the included microSD slot. It will utilize Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and includes Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, and numberous inputs, including a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an Ethernet port, and HDMI out.

Unlike the Ouya, one of the first Android-based game consoles to come to market, M.O.J.O. will be able to download apps directly from the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore, and any other marketplace of sorts where Android apps are distributed. It'll also support side-loaded applications and come packaged with a full-size controller called the C.T.R.L.R. that's reminiscent of other accessories that Mad Catz has sold for consoles like the Xbox.

Though Mad Catz has found great success in selling accessories, the console market is an entirely different beast. Android consoles like the Ouya and Nvidia Shield haven't exactly been selling like hot cakes, with the former having some major problems finding traction in the retail market after a successful Kickstarter campaign. With the next-generation consoles coming to market soon, the future seems grim for open source consoles like the M.O.J.O., especially considering that its retail price could pay for half of a new Playstation 4 or Xbox One.

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