GAMING HARDWARE FIRM Mad Katz has kicked off pre-order sales for its Android software based Mojo games machine.
The Mojo, or M.O.J.O., is a games console box and controller combination that costs £219.99 and offers access to Android games.
It joins a market that already has the Ouya console and is waiting for the Gamestick, and has probably the best looking hardware.
While the competition have simple, child-like controllers, Mad Catz, which has games peripheral history, has created a monster handheld console that includes an Nvidia Tegra 4 mobile processor.
The handheld Mojo console can be paired with Windows machines and Macs, and of course Android based software. It will either connect wirelessly or through USB, and one image shows a smartphone atop the controller, creating something that looks like the Nvidia Shield.
The controller, and we reluctantly tell you that it is dubbed "the C.T.R.L.R.", has three modes, including one that takes a thumbstick and makes it work like a mouse.
The Mojo is twice the price of rival machines and sits awkwardly beneath the higher priced Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One games consoles, both of which are due soon. For less money at £79.99 you could put a stake into a Playjam Gamestick, which is expected to be out this month, or for a similar experience you could go for a Shield. Reading books is also available.
The Mojo goes on sale in December and will possibly pick up trade from people who are snooty about Android consoles but don't fancy one of the big boxes.
The Mojo comes with Google Play store access, the Android 4.2.2 mobile operating system, an Nvidia Tegra 4 T40S 1.8GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. µ
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