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Gamestick Android games console is on Kickstarter

Thumb sized gaming machine has an eye on the living room
Thu Jan 03 2013, 11:29

THERE IS A CHALLENGER TO THE LIVING ROOM, the Android based Gamestick games console.

The Gamestick follows the Ouya system, which began shipping to developers at the end of last year, and like that machine it aims to be funded through Kickstarter.

It appeared on 2 January on the crowdfunding website and has already raised $74,037 towards its $100,000 target.

The console will be the size of a USB stick and the system should plug right into your telly. The controller will be normal size, naturally, and presently looks like an old Nintendo controller. It will use Bluetooth, according to the fundraising webpage, and the Gamestick will support any similar hardware. The stick slots into the Gamestick controller, and the controller is pocket sized.

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The Gamestick's aim is to be highly portable, and the console will plug directly into your television HDMI slot. Games that are not provided for free should cost not much more than a few dollars and the team says that it is already talking with publishers, including Disney, about game titles.

Jasper Smith, CEO of television based gaming network Playjam and creator of Gamestick said that his firm was concerned about the closed ecosystem around television gaming and the clunkiness of its consoles. "No wires, no boxes, no fuss," he says in a video where he introduces the pocket console.

Gamestick will support up to four controllers, including a mouse and keyboard, and will run full HD 1080p video decoding. It runs Android Jelly Bean, has an dual-core Amlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory and 8GB of flash storage, and will use cloud storage for saving games.

If things go to plan the pocket games console will start meeting consumer trousers in April 2013. µ

 

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