Mad Catz M.O.J.O.
Type Micro-Console Developer Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Release Date 2013.-Dec-10 Region(s) Worldwide
Initial Price $249.99 USD Games Released Thousands (Android based)
     by Marriott_Guy
Mad Catz, the popular designer and manufacturer of gaming peripherals, entered the growing market of micro-consoles with their release of the M.O.J.O. on December 10, 2013.  Following in the footsteps of the OUYA and GameStick, the M.O.J.O. is designed to provide an alternative to traditional gaming consoles by utilizing Android's popular open-sourced operating system (4.2.2 Jelly Bean in this case).  With the market quickly becoming saturated with this type of device, Mad Catz separated itself from the competition by offering a technically superior device, albeit with a correspondingly high price tag.

Like similar entries in this field, the M.O.J.O. has an extremely small footprint.  The wedge shaped housing is pleasing to the eye, with a clean, minimalistic appeal to it.  The front of the system displays a single power light indicator while the aft section contains the various ports - HDMI, Ethernet port, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and a microSD card slot.  The hardware is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC, sports 2GB LPDDR2 RAM with 16GB of internal Flash Storage which is expandable through USB or microSD.  Wireless connectivity is supported (Wi-Fi 802.11 a\b\g\n) in addition to the standard 100Mbit ethernet connection.  M.O.J.O. supports both wired (USB) and wireless (Bluetooth 4.0) input devices and is compatible with Mad Catz GameSmart peripherals.
Mad Catz includes a proprietary gamepad with the system, dubbed the C.T.R.L.r.  This wireless Bluetooth 4.0 controller is basically a clone of the standard Xbox 360 controller, but contains some rather intuitive additions to enhance the overall experience with the M.O.J.O.   A convenient travel clip is included to enable 'docking' of your smart phone device, allowing you to utilize the C.T.R.L.r similar to the NVIDIA Shield.  Using the included Bluetooth Smart dongle in the USB 3.0 port will reduce power consumption and allow upwards of 100 hours of game play from two AAA batteries.

The dedicated button strip at the top provides controls for media player playback, but the mode switch on the bottom is truly innovative.  Three modes are available: 'Smart' (Mad Catz open-source compatibility standard), 'PC' (for those apps that do not recognize the GameSmart protocol) and 'Mouse' (simulates a standard mouse using the left control stick).  The 'Mouse' mode is imperative since Mad Catz took a different route than its competitors regarding the GUI (graphical user interface).
Special thanks to Connected Digital World (CDW) for the above pictures.
M.O.J.O. utilizes a completely stock version of the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.  There are no pretty overlays - the gamer's interface is exactly the same as if they were using a mobile phone.  While this may be somewhat intimidating for some users, this does allow immediate access to all of your apps and games (for the most part) right out of the box.  This aspect sets the M.O.J.O. apart from its competitors - is allows access to digital distribution outlets (i.e. Google Play Store) and does not require all purchases to be made through any proprietary outlet.  With a recent firmware update, Mad Catz now supports TegraZone, OnLive and even the store from its top competitor - OUYA.  Some compatibility issues have been reported, but the decision to support multiple distribution sites is definitely a plus for this system.

Overall, Mad Catz has experienced some bumps during the initial release of this system but has made adjustments to position the M.O.J.O. has a solid option for gamers, especially those that have a large library of Android based games and apps. 
     by Dark Watcher
The android micro-console market seemed to go out of control with so many competitors trying to capture some of the success following the OUYA.  The result was a flood of similar devices with mobile cellular components and an Android operating system.  The Dark Watcher took advantage of the situation and purchased a Mad Catz M.O.J.O for a bargain.

Now before we take the opportunity to provide our review, we feel we should put out some info and caveats in order for you to tweak perceptions accordingly.  We have some technical experience and were able to root the device similar to what we had accomplished with the OUYA android micro-console.  This allowed us to open far more of the console’s capabilities than a casual purchaser.  We will refer to the OUYA since it sets the stage of our intentions and is our first venture into android micro-console devices.  The OUYA was our little Android “couch leg” that could.  It served as a portable media center with gaming functionality (ideal for business trips).  Our motivation behind buying the Mad Catz M.O.J.O was more power…more capability.

When Mad Catz provided a firmware update allowing for “OUYA Everywhere,” our intention was to turn the M.O.J.O into an OUYA with a Hemi engine without the need to root.  All of our OUYA content and games carried over to M.O.J.O.  Media streaming applications that we previously ran Standard Definition now ran in High Definition on M.O.J.O (up to a theoretical 4K, but we are not that TV cool yet).  Games that showed some stutter in frame rate now ran smoother and we were able to bump up scale, blitters, and filters with no penalty.  In addition to OUYA’s library, the M.O.J.O further taps the mobile gaming market allowing games from the Google Play Store, TegraZone and Amazon.

In comparison to the OUYA’s cube design, the M.O.J.O has a ramp-like flatter design roughly the dimensions of a CD case and is 50mm at its thickest.  It reminds us of a doorstop, but remains black, sleek, portable, and inconspicuous.  The console is durable, easy to keep clean, and runs completely quiet while remaining cool.  The console also outclassed the OUYA’s audio capability by providing of 5.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with 3.5mm stereo.

We were able to get a lot out of M.O.J.O without root, but followed Mad Catz own guidance just to open up more potential (for example removing the menu bar at the bottom of the screen).  It was not that difficult and did not take long following the steps, but note again about user experience.  We dabbled with Flash memory and streaming stuff via UPnP and DLNA (using XBMC / Kodi, Cloud apps, etc.).  The M.O.J.O recognized our external SATA “FAT32″ formatted hard drive, which we found works best powered through the USB 3.0 port.  Admittedly, it took some time for the M.O.J.O to see the hard drive the first time we connected it.  Think of it as the M.O.J.O doing an inventory of what’s on the drive.  The bigger the drive…the longer the initial wait.  We did not test NTFS or EXT 3/4 formatted drives.

We remain impressed with the feel and versatility of the low-latency Bluetooth controller dubbed C.T.R.L.r.  It sports a Xbox 360 like layout and is very responsive (particularly compared to our 1st generation OUYA controller).  We didn’t mind switching between game mode and mouse mode.  If anything, it expanded the compatibility of many Google Play store and side-loaded apps.  We dabbled with the controller in PC mode and found it as a suitable addition should we need it.  The controller also came with a travel clip should you want to use it for mobile cellular gaming (we still haven’t tried it.).  We were initially concerned about the controller dongle taking up one of the M.O.J.O’s USB ports, but later had no issues with the dongle in the USB 2.0 port (with the hard drive running on the USB 3.0 port).  We did not test on USB hubs.  The integrated media controls are a nice perk as well.  We did test gaming with a Playstation 3 Dual Shock, which works well, but must stay corded.  OUYA controllers also worked.  Oddly enough, the Playstation 3 Bluetooth media remote works.

Some added perks we discovered from the Mad Catz M.O.J.O was that it can access our 5 GHz Wi-Fi network, which is a nice bonus.  We also noticed that we can use the M.O.J.O as a Wi-Fi hotspot.  The expandable storage microSD SDXC cards up to 128GB was also welcome.  In terms of gamer value, we found it good at $99 or less from original MSRP.  Access to the OUYA game library coupled with games from the mobile gaming market adds incentive.  There is further added incentive for use a portable media center, for modders, hackers and indie developers.

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     by Dark Watcher
Consoles are rated based upon the available technology at the time of its release.  A 10 point scale is utilized, with 10 being excellent.

Special thanks to MoDaCo for the above pictures.
Console Design 09 The M.O.J.O has a ramp-like flatter design roughly the dimensions of a CD case and is 50mm at its thickest. It is black, sleek, portable, and inconspicuous.
Console Durability 08 The M.O.J.O has a smooth durable exterior that is easy to keep clean, and runs completely quiet while remaining cool.
Controllers 09 Versatile, comfortable, and responsive low-latency Bluetooth controller capable of multiple playing modes with integrated media controls. Other corded console and some Bluetooth compliant controller compatible.
Graphics 07 M.O.J.O is capable of full 1080p resolution reported up to 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD). Graphics and shader quality are somewhere between the Xbox at the close of the 6th generation and the 7th generation Nintendo Wii.
Audio 07 M.O.J.O is capable of 5.1-channel surround sound over HDMI with 3.5mm stereo
Media N/A M.O.J.O only uses downloadable media.
Game Library 08 Taps the mobile gaming market allowing games from the OUYA library, Google Play Store, TegraZone, and Amazon.
Gamer Value 07 Good value at $99 or less from original MSRP, with extra incentive for a portable media center, modders, hackers and indie developers.
Collector Value N/A Difficult to discern at this point, especially with other similar devices springing up within the market.

     For the hardware enthusiasts out there - all the detail you\we love.
Processor Type  Processor Speed  Other Processor Information RAM \ Video RAM
NVIDIA Tegra 4 1.8 GHz 72-core GeForce GPU
(included via SoC)
Screen Resolution Color Palette Polygons \ Sprites Audio
720p \ 1080p \ 2160p 32-bit Unknown 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
(Dolby Digital and Linear PCM)
Media Format Media Capacity Games Released Other Supported Formats
Digital (Streamed) Varied N\A Open platform with support for Google Play Store, TegraZone, OUYA, OnLive, et. al.  Built-in media player (various file formats)
Internal Storage External \ Removable Storage Game Controllers Other Game \ Peripheral Devices
16GB microSD (supports SDXC
Cards up to 128GB)
C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad featuring two analog sticks, D-pad, eight action buttons, a Start/Back buttons, dedicated Media Player buttons and a Gaming Mode switch USB \ Bluetooth devices (keyboard\mouse\drives), compatible with Mad Catz GameSmart devices
Controller Ports Network Ports Other Ports Audio \ Video
Bluetooth 4.0 (1-4 controllers) 100Mbit Ethernet Socket,
Wi-Fi 802.11 a\b\g\n
USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port,
3.5mm Headphone Jack
Power Supply - External Other Outputs  Other Details \ Notes
Input: AC 110\220V, 60\50Hz
Output: Unknown
None Stock Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
Mad Catz M.O.J.O. User Manual (PDF) - 4.68 MB

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