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GameStick Kickstarter Appears, Another Affordable Android Gaming System

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The bigger consoles may soon be taking the backseat, as more affordable and pocketable gaming platforms are emerging with the help of Kickstarter. The newest Android-powered device is called GameStick, and it certainly is interesting.

Being designed with portability and power in mind, it runs off of a thumb drive that plugs directly into your HDTV. To keep size down, the drive fits perfectly right into the controller itself. The team has a way to go in terms of being fully funded, but getting your hands on a GameStick is incredibly cheap, with early bird specials going for just $69. 

If you are feeling especially generous, you can pledge all the way up to $5,000 and even land a spot on the company’s product development team and steer the direction this device takes.

Any takers?

Via: Kickstarter

  • http://twitter.com/TTTRADiO TTTRADiO.NET

    “The bigger consoles may soon be taking the backseat” <— Excerpt Fail.

  • Feztheforeigner

    I like this concept more than Ouya but I don’t know this will have quite the support u would like (specifically Play Store).

  • DigitalEnforcer

    So, why is it that everyone in the video was using an xbox 360 controller? I didn’t see one person using that white “NES” style controller they were touting as super comfortable.

  • nobody72

    I like the controller better than ouya (it speaks wii ish) but I think the processor is a bit lacking (compared to ouya) esp given the price points. Then again that aspect of the system can be updated at a later date. Perhaps arm 16 ?

  • steveliv

    a low powered amlogic processor has nothing on a tegra 3 chip…

  • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

    Honestly, as a guy who would never buy a PS3 or XBox but loves to game on his phone, I think this type of console is a great idea. It’s about bringing an ‘app store’ environment to the TV, where big and small developers can offer games of varying complexity and cost. I’m never spending $60 on a game, as gaming isn’t that important to me, but I would love to play simple, $5 games head-to-head on a big screen now and then.

    That said, the ecosystem problem is already here, with this console and Ouya, before either have even launched. Let’s hope one or both of them create an open standard for controller-integrated games that allows developers to design for both of them. Otherwise, I’ll just have to wait to see who wins before I buy.

  • Knlegend1

    Looks better than Ouya to me.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Then you are blinder than a blind bat.

      • Knlegend1

        I guess you didn’t see the Ouya interface the other day.

        • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

          The design is certainly nicer, though clearly less ergonomic. What makes me still bet on Ouya is its modability — this thing is in an HDMI stick, and so no one’s going to be adding memory or whatever. Ouya’s encouragement of modders to do whatever they want to the box may make for a more thriving community, even if most users never bother.

          • Knlegend1

            Forgot about Modding the thing. I like the interface better and the fact that its completely different than a console.

  • philnolan3d

    I don’t think it needs to be more portable than Ouya. This controller
    looks uncomfortable to hold and I don’t think it has the full 16 buttons
    many games require. I also think they will have a hard time trying to
    compete with Ouya’s exclusive games as well.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Exactly my thoughts on the controller. It doesn’t look very comfortable at all, especially if you’re handling it for long periods of time. The OUYA controller looks very ergonomic, which is a very great thing. It just looks ‘right’.

    • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

      Yeah, it looks like they’re trying to be Apple in putting form over function. This could be the ‘hockey puck mouse’ of Android consoles.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidSheaffer David Sheaffer

    This really doesn’t appeal to me at all. The whole idea behind mobile gaming is that it’s mobile, you take it with you. If I need a TV, I might as well hook up something really good. I like the cleverness behind the idea, but I don’t think this will catch on.

  • PhoenixPath
    • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubmasterflex

      That’s the first thing that came to my mind. From what I can tell the Gamestick uses some type of skin for gaming menus, but there’s no way in hell I’d take it over a IMITO.

    • jab416171

      It comes with Jenny Bean.

      • PhoenixPath

        Who’s she? is she hot?

        (The new Android-on-a-stick devices come with Jelly Bean)

        • jab416171

          Haha, I was actually going to say “Who’s Jenny Bean? Is she hot?” initially, but I was afraid I’d get downvoted/reported.

  • Brian Walker

    I like the concept of these devices (GameStick and OUYA), but I don’t want another split ecosystem. If I could load my Google account on any of these and access the Play Store to load on games that I’ve already purchased, that would be a different story.

    • carluverdrm2004

      This.

    • Michael Hutwagner

      steam + xbox controller

      • Brian Walker

        Well that’s what I’ll do, for sure, but for someone wanting to bring casual games to their living room at a low cost, split ecosystems will start to get confusing and will turn people away.

  • Bewara2009

    “with early bird specials going for just $69.00″ that’s still overpriced for some of us, if you ask me.

  • EvanTheGamer

    These more affordable pocket-sized consoles are more catered to the “casual” gamer, and not the more hardcore gamers out there, unlike with the PC, 360, and PS3, which mostly caters to the hardcore type. So the bigger consoles won’t be taking a backseat anytime soon. In fact, that day will probably never arrive. They’ve been around a long time and nothing can stop their progress.

    Just my two cents.

  • Thomas

    Yeah !!! The pop up adds are back on DL today !!! Yeah !!!

    • Corey Hass

      Adblock + for Chrome…I have never seen an ad on this site.

      • ToddAwesome

        ads? what ads? Ablock 4 Life!

  • mustbepbs

    Mobile Gaming =/= Console Gaming. Never will. Not until every smartphone and tablet comes with a controller. Gaming developers on this platform cannot make more console like games unless everyone is able to use the same controller.

    I try very hard to get into the mobile games I buy, but I can’t. You just cannot replace console gaming.

    • Lambo_21

      agreed 100% these attempts at bringing mobile gaming to the big screen are DOA

  • Tweekex

    I don’t think the bigger consoles have anything to worry about.

    • philnolan3d

      I don’t think anyone expects them to, they aren’t competing.

      • zionlion

        ^ I’d agree philnolan3d. This type of thing is kind of perfect for the casual “sometimes” gamer. I’d put myself in that category. At that price point, I could justify having it just for casual entertainment, or even for friends to mess around with. Not to mention since it’s android, might be able to run emulators and get every classic system on there (SNES, NES, Genesis, etc.). Aside from that last point, I’d equate this more to the Kindle Fire when it came out. Everyone (that were hard core tech people) said that wouldnt take because of the specs. Well, the average consumer doesnt know a thing about specs. “You mean I can play angry birds and cut the rope on my TV? Awesome give me that!” is more like what you’d see. We all know, the Kindle Fire was marketed towards the masses…even the uninitiated. Think that worked well. Not saying saying this will be as successful as that, Amazon has better marketing budget. But this could be very successful in it’s own right. I’d say more than OUYA, but that’s all guessing at this point.

        • SirPoopieDiaper

          So, you are either a Kickstarter backer, or work for the company, pick one please. Very reminiscent of the shills that popped up when the OUYA was announced here.

        • Michael Hutwagner

          steam.

  • Lambo_21

    as i have said for Ouya… DOA, wont be able to compete for shelf space on many targets shelves with there other consoles (plus new ones coming later this year)

    • EvanTheGamer

      Blah. I’m a multi-gamer(I pretty much game on all platforms, PC, 360, PS3, Wii U, Android, etc), but not all gamers are console/PC gamers. There are plenty of mobile gamers, as well, and the OUYA would be a perfect match for those types of gamers.

      I’m getting the OUYA and I honestly can’t wait to receive it in March!