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Android Gamestick console is delayed until June

Victim of its own success
Mon Apr 08 2013, 09:50

THE ANDROID BASED GAMES CONSOLE Gamestick won't start shipping until June, two months after the expected April date.

The pocket sized games console has been a victim of its own success. The firm has had too much interest and too many orders to be able to ship the console when promised.

Although there are some 600 developer kits already distributed, the tens of thousands of people that have ordered a fully fledged retail product are going to have to wait a bit.

According to an email update sent out to Kickstarter investors, the main production run has gone from a "few thousand units" to tens of thousands. This, while a good thing overall, has meant that Gamestick production has had to change to high volume tooling.

"Initially, we planned on demand for around 1,000 units so we were going to use silicon molds, which is what we have used for the GameStick Dev units," reads the email.

"These don't take much time to make, but they also cannot cope with the high volume production that we now need. As a result we have had to move to much higher end tooling which is being made in both China and Germany.

"To create these tools takes around [three] months and is a huge investment for us - one we can only afford to make once. Whilst this work has been underway for a while we have had to slow things down a bit to ensure we can get the final controller amendments prototyped and tested before the final tools can be finished."

While investors had expected their Gamestick consoles to be sent out this month, this is now unrealistic. Mechanical tooling will not be completed until the end of May.

The firm wants to ship in early June, around the 10th, but the orders are so large that it cannot afford to air freight them. Instead they will have to be shipped by boat, adding more delay to the process.

"This means we think the likely date of arrival of your hand crafted Gamestick will be at the last week of June," the company explained.

"Whilst we would have liked to ship earlier, we are, to a large degree, victims of the success we have created together. It is so rare to get the opportunity to deliver a project of this scale and we need to ensure we don't trip over ourselves." µ 


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