Mad Catz, the company best known for creating quality arcade sticks, gaming mice, and also those cheap unlicensed controllers that nobody ever wants to use, announced today that they’re planning to create their very own gaming console, which is currently codenamed “Project M.O.J.O.” (Before you ask, no, I don’t know what M.O.J.O. stands for.)
Details about the new console are still scant, but here’s what we know so far: Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson describes the “micro console’s” power as being on par with a “super charged smartphone,” and like the upcoming Ouya and the Gamestick, the new system will run off of Google’s Android OS. The console will be compatible with Mad Catz’s line of “GameSmart” peripherals, which are designed to work on PC’s, Mac’s, and mobile devices. Mad Catz recently signed a deal with 3D graphics card manufacturer NVidia, so it can be assumed that “Project M.O.J.O.” will be powered NVidia’s Tegra technology.
Mad Catz hasn’t announced any other details regarding the new console, including it’s price, launch date, or any exclusive games it might have, but like everything else that’s been announced this week, we’ll probably hear more about Project M.O.J.O. at E3.
The Android powered, “indie” console market seems like it’s about to get very crowded real soon, as the Ouya, Gamestick, and Gamepop micro consoles are all set to launch within the next few months. None of those consoles are a proven success yet, so it remains to be seen if the market will support a 4th Android console (in addition to the “real” consoles manufactured by Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft.)