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THE ANDROID BASED Playjam Gamestick console will be out on 26 August, according to a listing at Amazon.com.
We knew that the console is expected in August, but did not have a definite date. Last week Playjam, the firm behind the Gamestick reminded us that it is almost August, saying that this meant the console was almost ready to ship.
Yesterday it posted a link to the Amazon.com offer, revealing the price of $79 for the console and a 26 August release date.
Playjam has not commented on the date, but its tweeting of the Amazon deal gives it an air of respectability.
The UK Amazon website does not even list the Gamestick. Game, where it is on sale, has a selling date that is limited to "August". There the console stick is priced at £79.99.
We had expected the console this spring, but it slipped to June and then July, and now, if Amazon is correct, to the last week of August.
It's almost the end of July. Which means, it's almost August. Which means, you almost have your GAMESTICK! Um...AWESOME.— GameStick (@Game_Stick) July 29, 2013
The Gamestick is apparently going through final testing, and Playjam is busy working on logistics.
At the Game website there are prices for all elements of the console, and we can see that an extra controller will cost £35 and the docking system the same.
Kickstarter backers will be getting an email from Playjam about their early order soon, we imagine, and will be able to grab their usernames, and the other presale investment gewgaws that were on offer through the crowdfunding website.
According to the original post on Kickstarter, Playjam was expecting to ship the Gamestick in April. Investors that coughed up their $79.99 early get the same deal as Amazon and Game shoppers. They just paid well in advance. µ
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