With the overwhelming success of the OUYA console it’s no surprise that more Android based games consoles are popping up on Kickstarter. One noteable console of the many few is PlayJam’s GameStick, a primarily portable console that can play the huge variety of games that Android has to offer on your very own TV. Though it sounds just as good as the OUYA, what does the GameStick offer that the OUYA doesnt?
PlayJam’s GameStick Kickstarter began in January this year, they wanted to raise $100,000 to get their portable Android console off the ground and start bringing an affordable, portable games console that can be played on your TV. From what they have demonstrated through their initial campaign and the various updates throughout the funding period it looks as if they’ve done just that.
The GameStick was successfully funded in two days, and by the end of the campaign had raised an impressive $647,000 to put their tiny console into production. PlayJam have already confirmed that over 200 games work with their GameStick and hope to run their first shipment by the end of next month.
What the GameStick offers in comparison to the OUYA is a cheaper price and overall portability. At $79 it’s a steal and with the actual console being inside a small stick that hides snuggly within the controller which plugs into your TV much like a thumb drive into a USB port the GameStick looks top notch and easy to carry around especially when it’s in it’s clear case. But due to the small size it does lack the processing power that the OUYA boasts with the GameStick running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with an Amlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB FLASH and the option of cloud storage for the games themselves.
After raising around $400,000 they announced a new peripheral which is the GameStick Dock which allows you to wirelessly charge the GameStick controller, store a ton of content, connect peripherals and using APS, power the stick. There’s the option to upgrade the system with an SD card (up to 64GB) using the card reader within the dock, you can also connect peripherals such as keyboards, webcams, and microphones making the GameStick an entirely different type of device.
The overall device has changed dramatically since the Kickstarter had finished with the overall design of the controller changing thanks to backer feedback, there’s also support for Android and iOS devices to be used as consoles themselves so you and a friend can play together. The tiny console also has full XMBC media centre support which is brilliant!
In terms of Retail not a lot has been discussed other than that they’ve received major interest from some of the largest retailers throughout Australia, Scandinavia, Africa, China, US and Europe. Keep an eye on n3rdabl3 for more information as soon as we get it!
It’s really great to see that more Android consoles are coming out of the woodwork. The Android platform has the ability to become something more than just a mobile/tablet OS and creations like this prove that theory.
For more updates on the GameStick check out their Facebook Page.
What are your thoughts on Android based games consoles? Would you pay $79 for the GameStick? How about $99 for the OUYA? Let us know in the comments!