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Mad Catz is readying an Android based games console

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Mon Jun 10 2013, 13:41
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PERIPHERAL MAKER Mad Catz is dipping its paw deeper into hardware and will unveil an Android based games console at the E3 games show.

The firm revealed its increased hardware plans as it reported its quarterly financial results at the end of last week.

It said that it hopes to increase its business, and believes that there is room for a controller based console that runs Google's Android operating system. It has dubbed this "Project M.O.J.O."

There is a demand for this of course. Both the Ouya and Gamestick games consoles run Android, and the latter works through a console and TV USB module.

"Mobile gaming is a vibrant and exciting space and, while we don't see controller-based games replacing touch screen games, we expect controller-based games to enhance and enlarge the smart device gaming experience to include the living room experience," said Mad Catz CEO and president Darren Richardson.

"At next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 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. The Project M.O.J.O. Android micro console is being designed to interact seamlessly with our Gamesmart controllers, mice, keyboards and headsets."

The firm said that its hardware sales are suffering as punters wait for announcements on complementary consoles, but said that this decline was being offset by people buying its PC and Mac products.

Fiscal 2013 net sales of $122.7m were the second highest in the company's history. µ

 

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