Steam Machines and the Nvidia Shield handheld won't be the only systems capable of streaming games from network-attached PCs. Mad Catz has confirmed to Engadget that its Android-based Mojo console will offer PC streaming support. Streaming will be added in a software update released "shortly after" the console debuts on December 10. There's no word on the streaming tech being used, but it's probably the same scheme employed by the Shield. Like the Nvidia handheld, the Mad Catz console is based on a Tegra 4 SoC.
In addition to the quad-core ARM chip, the Mojo has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. Connectivity includes USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI output, a microSD slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 10/100 Fast Ethernet. The presence of a wired network port is particularly interesting in light of the system's streaming capabilities. In the real world, where Wi-Fi networks are often crowded with multiple mobile devices, a wired connection could offer more bandwidth and lower latency than the wireless alternative.
The Mojo's compact 5.1" x 4.5" x 2" dimensions make the device about the same size as the included controller. That gamepad connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, and it's loaded with dual analog sticks and plenty of buttons. You should be able to use the controller with not only the console, but also other mobile devices and Windows PCs.
The prospect of streaming PC games to an inexpensive Android console is certainly intriguing. Unfortunately, the Mojo is hardly inexpensive. Mad Catz is asking $250 for the thing, which is only $50 less than what you'll pay for the Nvidia Shield. Want another point of reference? The Mojo is priced $50 higher than the going rate for a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Let's hope Steam Machines can provide cheaper PC streaming options.
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