Portable Console Looks To Make Gaming Cheap & Simple
It appears the Ouya will be getting a rival in the Android-powered open platform console market, as the Kickstarter for GameStick has beaten its initial target of $100,000 after just 3 days on the crowdfunding website. Developed by the folks from PlayJam (who have previously worked to bring the console experience through SmartTVs), the small form Android-powered console aims to make gaming more affordable with its low entry price for the console itself as well as the games that will be available.
The Mark I Prototype demonstrates how the console itself, a wireless dongle that will plug directly into the HDMI port of a TV, will be able to fit inside the supplied controller, allowing for the ability to “put big screen gaming in your pocket.” Bluetooth controllers, such as the Greenthrottle Games controller, will be supported to allow multiple players to use the Gamestick at once. As for content, PlayJam are also reportedly in talks with over 250 studios to bring the top tier Android titles to the GameStick for its intended release in April.
PlayJam hopes that the $79 entry point (so expect it to be £60 after shipping) will provide an affordable entry point for gamers compared to the mainstream behemoths from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. No stretch goals have been announced as of yet, but with 28 days left before the crowdfunding campaign closes, we can expect to see some materialise in the coming days. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress of the GameStick moving forward, but for more information on the portable console you can head over to the Kickstarter page by clicking the widget below.