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Android Gamestick moves closer to release

Kicking console logistics
Fri Jul 12 2013, 09:53

THE ANDROID BASED Gamestick console is coming together, according to developer Playjam, and is getting closer to release.

Investors had expected to get the Android console in June, but that slipped to August.

Playjam said that the console is "coming together".

"It's getting really close and the samples that we have here at PlayJam Towers are seriously cool. It's this stage of the project where it all starts coming together and we keep pinching ourselves when we demo to journalists, developers [...] to remind ourselves that this is really happening," said the firm.

"Just before you go in to production with a new device you get something called a golden sample. This is the version of the product that has all of the refinements and adjustments that have been added along the way. We got that last week and it looks great."

Production is expected to start next week, and Playjam reckons that it will be able to pump out 5,000 Gamesticks a day and 1,200 controllers.

In the interim between investment and release the firm has finalised and refined the design of its controller and, according to its Kickstarter update, it's been re-engineered to feel sturdier and nicer to hold.

"We now feel pretty confident that the device is ready. Barring any final issues we will start the pilot run (about 300 units) next week and then move straight in to the Kickstarter production run," it added.

"We are now focused on getting in place the logistics and back-end systems to run Gamestick." µ


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