With the Ouya set for not-too-distant June 25 release date, Mad Catz has seized an opportunity to steal a little bit of its thunder by entering the Android console market themselves with their new machine, Project M.O.J.O. And unlike other Android-based machines, Project M.O.J.O does not restrict developers by forcing them to develop around the console itself. Instead, if the game is Android-based, then Project M.O.J.O. will support it; therefore offering access to thousands of pre-existing games through digital outlets like Google Play and Amazon’s Appstore. Even better, the console will support games you’ve already purchased for other Android devices. The same can be said for your currently owned USB and Bluetooth peripherals such as keyboards and mice, so long as they’re support by Android.
That doesn’t mean Project M.O.J.O. doesn’t come with its own means of control. Boxed in with the system is a slightly modified version of the MLG-licensed C.T.R.L.R. controller that Mad Catz has previously offered as a part of its GameSmart platform in January. Most notable is the controller’s spectacular D-Pad, which easily rivals the D-Pad available on mainstream consoles. At release, the controller will feature a function known as “mouse mode”, effectively allowing the responsive analog stick to steer the mouse cursor around the screen, alleviating the need for switching between the controller and a mouse during time with the console. How Mad Catz intends to tackle multi-touch functionality with this feature has not been detailed, but they have announced there will be a solution.
Under the hood, Project M.O.J.O. sports 16GB of on-board storage, though it also allows for microSD expansion on the back of the console. Mad Catz is toying around with the idea of implementing Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, previously shown off at this year’s CES. This would effectively put an entire generation gap between Project M.O.J.O. and the Ouya, placing Mad Catz in a position to draw in tech savvy consumers. Adopting an Nvidia chip would also allow gamers access to Nvidia’s Tegra Zone app, offering them heads up on which games will run best with the processor. Not to mention that Nvidia’s Project Shield technology would present the ability to stream games from their Nvidia-equipped PC to their HD televisions.
“At next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles we will unveil the keystone product in our GameSmart initiative, Project M.O.J.O., an Android micro console configured to harness the maximum gaming horsepower from an Android device,” Madcatz announced about their plans at E3 this year. With the famous expo right around the corner, more information about Ouya’s competition should be unveiled. In the meantime, Project M.O.J.O. is shaping up to be a console worth keeping an eye on.