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Android consoles are popping up all over the place with the OUYA, the GameStick, and now Mad Catz are throwing the M.O.J.O into the mix. Though it’s priced a little over twice the amount of the OUYA the Mojo is already a winner in my books.

Earlier in the year Mad Catz revealed some images of an early prototype of the device as well as a handful of details on the Android powered console but until now we’ve heard no plans of a release. Well mark your calendars for December 10 because that’s when Mad Catz hope to take over your living room with the M.O.J.O, that is, if you can bear to pay the price.

Currently planned to retail for £219 / $249 the M.O.J.O is a high powered console which is packed with the 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM. What makes this console for me even without looking at the spec sheet is the fact that we won’t be forced to use a Mad Catz branded store like the OUYA, the M.O.J.O will come with the Google Play and Nvidia TegraZone apps pre-installed, and what’s more it’s registered as a standard Android device (running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean) which means if you see a game that takes your fancy whilst you’re at work, you can install it from your browser to your Mojo with just a few clicks.

This also means that games you’ve already purchased, even the hard hitters like Final Fantasy III will be available to download on the Mojo right out of the box.

The M.O.J.O comes with an array of inputs including one USB 3.0 Port, one USB 2.0 Port, a MicroSD Flash Slot, HDMI Out, 3.5mm Headphone Socket, and a 100Mbit Ethernet Socket. It’s also packed with Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth v2.1 + 4.0 support. The console also has mouse support giving you the opportunity to play the more touch screen based games with ease, if it’s supported that is.

The controller or “C.T.R.L.R” itself is packed with features too. Ultimately it takes on the Xbox 360 style layout with some added extra buttons and features such as Bluetooth Low which allows lower latency gaming and extended battery life and the ability to connect to other Bluetooth devices, Added media controls allow you to control volume and playback of video and music, finally the C.T.R.L.R has Mouse Mode, flip a switch to turn C.T.R.L.R into a mouse and use the left analog stick to control the onscreen cursor. Ideal for touchscreen interaction!

The Mad Catz M.O.J.O is set to launch on December 10 for £219, a pretty high price point, but I believe it’ll be worth it. Currently Mad Catz are taking pre-orders over on their site.

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High priced for an Android device, but I like that I can play my games I already own. I just might get one.