GameStick console Kickstarter launches as competition for the OUYA

January 2, 2013
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We have been seeing quite a bit in terms of the OUYA game console lately. And well, it looks like another console is now in the works. One that could potentially be some competition for the OUYA. This new console is called the GameStick and it has recently launched as a Kickstarter project.

In other words, those interested in the project will be able to commit some money. The good part here, the GameStick offering has just launched as of today which means those interested have a fairly good shot at getting in on the earlybird side. More on the backing amounts in a moment though, lets get into the device itself. The GameStick (as the name would imply), is a small stick-style device, sort of like a flash drive.

The GameStick is HDMI and plugs directly into your television. And other than the stick itself, the only other part is the controller, which is wireless. Given the size and ease of connectivity, this is a device that is not only focused on design, but also on portability. The folks behind the GameStick noted that "when on the move, the two combine into a single unit, putting big screen gaming right into the pocket." And for those worried about not having enough controllers when playing with friends, rest assured in knowing that the GameStick will compatible with other Bluetooth game controllers.

Otherwise, the GameStick will be running Android Jelly Bean, which means lots and lots of free and low-cost games. The GameStick will feature an Armlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The Kickstarter details note that they have identified 200 titles that will "work great" and that they are already working with more than 250 developers to bring more games. Some of the games mentioned include Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, SmashCops, Cannabal and Boulder Dash XL.

While there are multiple backing options, we suspect most will want the Earlybird or the GameStick Bundle. These are essentially the same and both offer the GameStick and controller as well as a name check and founders tag. The Earlybird is $69 and limited to the first 250 backers and the GameStick Bundle is $79. Finally, the current estimated delivery time is April 2013.

[via Kickstarter]


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