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Mad Catz now shipping its $249.99 'Mojo' Android game console

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Mojo Android console
Mojo Android console

Mad Catz has officially joined the crowded field of Android-based game consoles. The company has announced that its $249.99 Mojo box is now shipping. The device — which we previewed back at E3 in June — runs stock Android 4.2.2 Jellybean and puts all of the same Android games, apps, and media you already own onto your TV screen. Mad Catz is highlighting that Mojo doesn't restrict users in any way; there's no walled garden or limited app store that you must acquire content from. As for the device itself, it's powered by a Tegra 4 processor, offers 16GB of built-in storage (expandable with microSD cards), and features integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

That Bluetooth functionality is critical for another important feature of Mojo: the Ctrlr gamepad that accompanies the console. The controller's low-power capabilities allow it to achieve "exceptional battery life and lag free gaming," says Mad Catz. It also lets users replicate mouse movements on the TV screen, and you can use it with any Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphones or Windows PC. But if you're more comfortable with a keyboard and mouse, Mojo's USB ports allow you to stick with your preferred setup.