There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
THE ANDROID BASED Gamestick console will be sold exclusively through Game stores in the UK, priced at £79.99.
Just days after announcing that it will be selling the Ouya games console, Game is clearly looking to Android gaming for its comeback - having revealed that it will be offering the Gamestick exclusively too.
Keen gamers can head over to Game and preorder the Gamestick console now, and it's expected to start shipping in June. It will cost £79.99 for the Nintendo styled controller, and an accessories pack comprising an additional gamepad and a charging dock will add £34.99 to the total bill.
"We're really excited to be the only UK retailer to offer this product to the gaming community," said Game category director Charlotte Knight.
"We are constantly evolving our offer of gaming content, providing gamers with the options to game their way: the portability of the GameStick will make this even easier - gamers will be able to take their console anywhere and literally set up camp in front of any TV. We are confident that our gaming community will be eager to play with such a great console."
For those unfamilar with Gamestick, it is a Kickstarter funded console that comes with Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. In terms of technical specifications there's an Amlogic 8726-MXS processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and WiFi connectivity.
However, the Gamestick isn't really about specifications. Instead, it looks to bring Android gaming to the living room, which it does using its own custom marketplace via HDMI.
While consumers won't be able to get their mitts on the console for a few months yet, Gamestick is expected to ship to Kickstarter backers later this month.
You can watch our hands-on encounter with a Gamestick prototype in the video below. µ
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