Why does the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. gaming console cost more than a PS3 or Xbox 360?

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Mad Catz has been working to gain interest in their own Android-based gaming console since this past year’s E3, and now the company’s own creation is finally slated to ship this holiday season. The M.O.J.O., as it’s called, has gotten a ship date of December 10th, and it will cost game-loving consumers $250 to own one.

Yes, that’s $250, more than the price you can pay to own an entry-level Playstation 3, an entry-level Xbox 360 or even a Wii U right now if you’re lucky. For that, you’re getting a Tegra 4 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi N and more. Storage can be expanded with an SD card slot which can accept cards of up to 128GB.

The device also features a bevy of ports, including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI-out, an ethernet port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and more. $250 will also get you the “C.T.R.L.R.,” which is a full-featured gamepad that can also be used with most Android devices you already own.

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Access to Amazon Appstore and Google Play Store games will be nice for those looking for a nice collection of games to choose from, but does that — alongside a console with a slick looking design — really warrant a $250 purchase? We can’t say for sure just yet, but we certainly wouldn’t mind paying just as much to buy, say, a Nexus 7 with a Bluetooth controller to pair it up with for the same experience. Will you be buying one?

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  • TONY ALDO

    Probably the limited quantity along side with making a profit. The thing probably costs maybe $120 to make + manufacturing cost and everything else that goes into making a console.

  • reddragon72

    Your last statement is the focus here. If you did buy a Nexus7 and could hook it up to a TV and a BT controller then why get this. With a tablet or phone you can hook it up to your TV and then take it with you. I do it so the need for this type of item is not needed.

    Also with this being just plain Android you can get Android TV USB sticks for a quarter to a third of the price and have the same experience with a cheap BT controller or a PS3 controller.

    I just cannot find the justification in this device at all at this price point.

    • DonMcCall

      I think the price point is too high, but then again, this is essentially a very high-end tablet without the display. There is no USB stick that would give you the same experience. This has a top-notch chipset, USB 2.0 & 3.0, ethernet, HDMI (for no latency gaming), expandable storage….in no way can any Android TV USB stick even come close to this.

      In addition, the same issue is at hand if you use a tablet via Slimport, MHL, or HDMI-out with a Bluetooth controller: lag. Looking at pictures or video is fine, but gaming doesn’t work well. That’s the point of this box. If they can get the price to $200 or below I would spring for it.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      With a Tegra 4, you should be able to run just about any 2D games in MAME at full speed :) AFAIK, this is not currently possible on either the Ouya or the new Nexus 7.

  • bigshynepo

    “own even a Wii U right now if you’re lucky”…

    The humor works on so many levels. Bravo editor.

    • Nick Mantzoros

      but I like my Wii U…

      • bigshynepo

        I just can’t see the “lucky” side of it?
        If Wii U’s were constantly sold out….maybe lucky

        Or if the biggest game of the year was exclusive to Wii U….probably lucky

        Or if owning one granted you 3 wishes…definitely lucky

  • Jordan Caviness

    nexus 7 w/Bluetooth controller same experience as a MOJO w/Bluetooth? How is that so when a MOJO connects to HDMI TVs and Nexus 7 needs slimport which has latency for gaming…..idk dude.

  • Vadim Marchenko

    If you have Nexus 7 or any other Andriod device it is even more sence to buy that baby. You’ll have controller you can use at home with console and with tablet on the go…

  • Craig Becker

    Another device that will be 29.99 on onesaleaday.com in a year.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    if they can make use of GRID then this might have real potential

  • D

    I was really hoping this would be cheaper. Seems like a better option than the Ouya or Gamestick, but way too $$.

    • No_Nickname90

      Yea. I can see no more than $200. Did I read the article correct? Is it coming with 2 controllers? If it’s one controller, than no more than $150. That’s saying the controllers are $50 each. I’ll give them some justice on the controllers, just to be nice.

  • blest

    Hell no I won’t be buying one. That’s crazy talk lol

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  • Steve

    I use my HTC One with MHL and Bluetooth Controller for the same thing as this.

  • Modman

    Not enough exclusive games available for the System yet. I love my Ouya but it was only 99 bucks.
    Playing emulated classic games and video streaming has been my main use. And Ouya does that great. But I would never pay 250 dollars just for that. Maybe if the console had revolutionary original games but right now I’m happy with my Ouya.

    • Ben

      It won’t actually have any exclusive games. It links directly to the play store to allow you to play anything you have all ready purchased so the game library is immense.

  • jaestoner01

    Im buying one.. everyone here complaining about the price, get a life
    .!!

    • No_Nickname90

      I have a life. I also learned that in life you have to make wise decisions. There are better alternatives than this. Like your OWN phone. =.3

  • http://www.twitter.com/andrewpalozzo Andrew Palozzo

    Mojo developers have already come out and said they are planning an update to stream from PC (just like the shield) except now in console format so i think that alone is a HUGE win and I think that justifies the price. My only question is how will one type on tthis.. please dont say with the controller in mouse mode…

  • Modman

    No it doesn’t justify it. Get with the program. You can sideload and stream on ouya. Use a phone or tablet with hdmi port.

    • http://www.twitter.com/andrewpalozzo Andrew Palozzo

      Get with the program? Lol you nub… We’re talking about streaming your PC library… Your steam library.

  • Modman

    I can stream from an external hard drive on my Ouya and I don’t use steam. That system still doesn’t have enough features to justify the price

  • modman

    Only worth it if you don’t have a separate PC because mods might allow you to use it as a full PC. Streaming PC games.

    • http://www.twitter.com/andrewpalozzo Andrew Palozzo

      I don’t have a separate PC… Nor do I want one. This would be significantly cheaper, smaller and way less power usage vs a secondary PC.. So yeah, justified.