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MadCatz to make Ouya rival

MadCatz has announced it will be releasing its own Ouya rival by Christmas, named the Mojo.

Alex Verrey, Global PR Manager for Mad Catz, has confirmed that the company will be launching the Mojo before the end of the year, bundled with its own CTRL R game controller.

Unlike the Ouya, which sells games via its own store, the Mojo runs stock Android and will offer gamers access to Google Play, Nvidia TegraZone and Amazon stores.

“Because Mojo runs stock Android, you have day-one access to literally thousands of games and applications,” said Verrey. “We’re going down a very different road to the competition and believe in being open, honest and fair with the consumer.”

Although Verrey admits that currently “not all touchscreen games will work”, MadCatz is working on a solution to fix the issues.

“Our commitment to the gamer is simple: we’re going to deliver the most powerful Android based Micro Console on the market when we launch later this year.”

Gamers will be able to immediate download all of their previously purchased Android apps just by signing into their Google Play account, making all of their games available to play on the Mojo.

“We are totally open. No walled garden, no small selection of games, no subscription fees. We bring the hardware, gamers bring the games. Buy games from where you want, when you want and how you want.”

The Mojo controller is called the CTRL R and looks very similar to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamepads. It has Bluetooth Smart technology in-built alongside traditional Bluetooth connectivity to improve lag times.

“Bluetooth Smart drastically reduces the lag, polling at around 7ms. That means you’ll feel much more like you’re using an Xbox 360 controller when you play Mojo.”

With an HDMI, micro USB and two USB ports, Mojo gamers can also plug in their own peripherals if they don’t fancy the CTRL R.

“Don’t like our controller? Use someone else’s. Plug in mice, keyboards, headsets and more. Want to use our controller on a phone, tablet, PC or more? No problem there either.”

MadCatz isn’t quite ready to offer details on the Mojo specs apart from that it will have “no less than 16GB of internal storage”, bolstered by a microSD card slot.

The Mojo will be released “this holiday” with pricing still to be announced.

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