2013 Micro console Comparisons:
Ouya, Nvidia Shield, PlayJam GameSick, Mad Catz MOJO

Last year was an exciting time to be watching micro-consoles!
Now there are newer micro-consoles type devices coming out in 2014, these include the Ouya 2, So Huawei Tron and vyper.
Also rumors of Amazon and Google creating their own.

Well, I thought it would be a good time to look back at 2013’s micro-consoles.
I haven’t included the Sony Playstation VitaTV.
It would have made the matrix more complicated ie Software/Hardware openness etc
Ironically, it’s more of a micro console then the Nvidia Shield!

There was (and still is) a reoccurring theme with micro-consoles of 2013, they all needed help!
Issues ranging from custom software, Android and hardware support, and now in 2014 are still in a work in progress.
I guess from the competitive rush to market.

I do own a MOJO so I am bias, but the spec information below comes from wikipedia and reviews sites.
Feel free to correct me below.

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Ouya Shield (1) GameStick M.O.J.O
Website ouya.tv shield.nvidia.com gamestick.tv madcatz.com/mojo/
Manufacturer: Ouya
(formally BOXER8)
Nvidia PlayJam Mad Catz
Retail Launch Date: June 25,
July 31,
November 15,
December 10,
Retail USD 99 299 79 249

Android 4.1 4.3 (2) 4.2 4.2.2 (3)
System-on-chip Tegra 3 (T33) Tegra 4 Amlogic 8726-MX Tegra 4
CPU 1.7GHz ARM Cortex-A9 1.9GHz ARM Cortex-A15 1.7GHz ARM
Cortex A9
1.9GHz ARM Cortex-A15
GPU 12 GeForce Cores 72 GeForce Cores Mali-400 MP (dual core) 72 GeForce Cores
Memory 1 GB DDR3 2 GB DDR3L 1 GB DDR3 2 GB DDR3L
Internal Storage 8 GB 16 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Ethernet Port 10/100 N/A N/A (via docking station) 10/100
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
USB Port(s) 1x USB 2 1x USB 2 N/A (via docking station) 1x USB 2 and 1x USB 3
MicroSD Up to 32 GB Up to 64+ GB Up to 32 GB Up to 64+ GB
Bluetooth Bluetooth LE Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth LE Bluetooth Smart
Micro-Console Pro's * Cheap micro-console
* Emulation device
* Free-To-Try/Play Store
* Handheld console
* Console mode – HDMI out
* AAA Android titles
* Nvidia's GameStream
* Tegra zone
* Google play store
* Emulation device
* Smallest micro-console
* Very portable
* Cheapest micro-console
* AAA Android titles
* Nvidia's GameStream (4)
* Tegra zone
* Google play store
* Emulation device
Micro-Console Con's * Lack of MicroSD
* Single USB port
* Closed Ecosystem
* Requires Credit Card
at start up
* Single USB port
* large bevel on screen
* Fan noise
* Requires USB power
* Lack of USB ports
* Closed Ecosystem
* Requires Credit Card
at start up
* No Power off button
* Google play issue
* Constant System bar (5)
Games Development Requires Ouya SDK
No NDK support
Standard Android Requires Gamestick SDK
Includes NDK support
Standard Android

Controller Specs

Extra controllers USD $50 (originally $29) N/A 29 ETA Mid year (I guess $99+)
Missing buttons No Start Button
No Select Button
N/A No L2 Analog trigger
No R2 Analog trigger
Pro's * Touch pad
* Replaceable batteries
* Android Compatible
* Console quality controller
* 5” 1280x720 LCD
* 7350 mAh Battery
* USB Charge
* Android Compatible? (6)
* Button mapping software
* Console stored in controller
* USB Charge
* Android Compatible
* Console quality controller
* Travel Clip (Moga Pro)
* PC/Mac Compatible
* Android Compatible
* Mouse Mode (7)
* Replaceable batteries
* USB BT Smart adapter
* MicroUSB cable support
Con's * Cheap build
* Touch pad lags
* No Touch pad edges
* No Button mapping
* Weight
* Batteries not replaceable
* Cheap build
* Batteries not replaceable
* No Button mapping
* Not Bluetooth 2 compatible
* No Button mapping

Final thoughts Controller is disposable and not emulation friendly.
I would have spent more on a better controller then the Ouya!
I have a hacked PSP which I don't use, so like other handhelds, it will go out of date for me.
Also, the fan is a consern.
An under dog here but I liked it's portablity and the controller is better and cheaper then Ouya's.
I think it's practicle and cheap .
Good hardare:
T4, 2GB, 2xUSB, MicroSD, BT2/4
Great reusable controller:
Travel clip with phone/tablet.
PC controller with mouse mode.

1. Nvidia Shield technically isn't a micro-console but can be used like one.
2. Nvidia Shield launched with with Android 4.2
3. MOJO: Android 4.4 has been promised by Mad Catz
4. MOJO: Nvidia's GameStream has been promised on Android 4.4 update.
5. MOJO: Constant Android System bar: Will be fixed on Android 4.4 update.
6. Nvidia Shield: I don't know if the Shield controller can be paired with other Android devices.
7. MOJO: Mouse mode works on Android and PC/Mac devices.