This is the decision thread for android based game consoles such as the Ouya, Game Stick and Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O.
About cheap Android based console?
Hardware wise, the Ouya (for example) will never compete with the Wii U, PS4 or Xbox One, it does not even beat out the PS3 and XBox 360.
So why a less open source device thats hardware is less than current gen for consoles?
- Cheaply made open source consoles are a great budget alternative for last gen systems.
- The Android OS is easy to program for. It is much, much easier to program for web and mobile applications that it is to program for the Xbox 360 or even the PS3 which is infamous for being difficult.
- It supports the Indie community, lately the huge breakthroughs in gaming concepts are not the AAA titles, but from small independently studios, some just a teen at his bedroom typing at his PC. The Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O. as Google Store access, every Ouya is also a developers console and Gamestick also offer a door for easy publishing.
Titles like, Journey, Angry Birds, Skull Girls, Bastion, Minecraft and others are making the big companies sweat (and rethink their business strategy).
- Easy for guys like us to mess around, do some mods and carry out projects. The construction for the Game Stick and Ouya is quite simple, while I can’t comment on Mad Catz’s console, if it is anything like their arcade sticks, you know some crazy Modder here on SRK TT, hack-a-day, Lifehacker, Shmups.Org or who knows what might come up with some amazing stuff.
Why I would want a non-mobile device that plays Mobile Apps?
That is a huge misnomer right there. With the exception of the Game Stick (its portable), the Mad Catz and Ouya offerings are not limited by mobile gaming issues such as battery life, they can safely overclock their CPUs higher.
And with all three consoles (at the time of writing there is 3) PHYSICAL CONTROLS. Right there that Trumps any mobile android or iOS device, Physical controls give much better response that touch screen controls on many games.
Yeah there are games like Angry Birds that worked around their limitations (some the best games have huge technical limitations) but good controls should not be one of them.
Game Stick http://gamestick.tv/