THE ANDROID BASED GAMES MACHINE Gamestick is close to release, and will be shown off in partnership with chip designer ARM next week.
Its debut at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in San Francisco will be the first time people get a peek at the console, but those that can't make it won't have to wait much longer.
Early bird developer investors should get their units at the end of this month. Gamestick updated Kickstarter backers in an email, saying that the Dev unit, which is larger than the final version will be because it has USB slots for a mouse and keyboard, will ship "later this month".
The final version of the controller is on the edge of production now, and it appears that some last minute cramming kept the Gamestick pocket-sized.
"The final controller maps are done, the 3D drawings complete and with the tooling shop for development of the molds for the injection molding machines," said the email sent to investors. "Making this controller almost gave the lead mechanical engineer a heart attack but he has worked wonders to fit everything in to such a small space."
There was also some developer interest news, and the firm said that it had around 500 people signing up to develop on the Gamestick. Game titles are slow to come, but the email said that Gamestick is working with "a number of major publishers" and will announce more at GDC in San Francisco next week.
If you are going to the GDC you should stop by ARM's stand for a look at the Gamestick Dev kit and see the Gamestick in action. The firm said that it will be "revealing a prototype build of its upcoming console in partnership with ARM" at the event.
Also slated for next week, is the release of the software developer kit. We understand that this is simple to use and supports as wide a code base as possible.
The INQUIRER will be at GDC next week to bring you all the latest news, and you can preorder Gamestick now. It should cost around £60. Kickstarter investors are expected to get theirs in April. µ