GameStick: Yet Another Tiny Kickstarter-Funded Android Console

GameStick: Yet Another Tiny Kickstarter-Funded Android Console

This was inevitable; a competitor to the Android-based Ouya console has its own Kickstarter for funding, as well as an aggressive plan for an April rollout. That is exactly when the Ouya should ship.

Dubbed as “the most portable TV games console ever created”, the GameStick runs Android 4.1 on a 2-inch device that, from the looks of it, you’ll rather quickly mix up with any USB flash drives you may have lying around — although the connection itself is HDMI. How do you get games controllers into that mix? Via Bluetooth; the plan for the $US79 device is that it’ll ship with a Bluetooth based controller, but any Bluetooth device that supports the HID profile should in theory work. That doesn’t mean every Android title will work though; the Kickstarter page shows off a very Xbox-style interface with selected games running; at this stage they’re pegging that “around 200” titles will run.

I’m somewhat intrigued by the Android TV gaming space, if only because while the development costs aren’t entirely trivial, they’re still pretty low-key by the standards of regular game development; as such, it’s a field that could see a lot of competitors emerge very quickly indeed. Are you tempted to pick up an Android-based console in 2013?

[GameStick Kickstarter via Gamasutra]


  • Whilst it was a good video, is a very small console-style video game system really something people want? It’s not every day I say “I don’t want to play my xbox because it’s too large and not very portable”…

  • This is a product that doesn’t need to exist.

    The controller looks shocking to hold, it doesn’t mention multiplayer at all. Why do i need a portable console for a TV? There’s the Vita, the DS and mobile games, yeah you can put this on the big screen, but it won’t look that good, as it will obviously have less computing power, and it isn’t necessary.

    Meanwhile in mobile games, you can buy controller attachments, you can download arcade games to your current console and you have multiplayer for them too.

  • At least they’ve finally fixed their kickstarter page. Last night it said there are over 4 trillion tv’s in the world! Ha!

  • I already helped fund OUYA, so I’ll see how that goes for now.

    The Shield looks tempting though. Especially the PC streaming thing.

  • We don’t need another one of these, it’s basically the OUYA in a different skin. Honestly, the OUYA is a stupid idea, I don’t want to play Android games on my TV…. NO! And another one of these makes it worse. It’s an idiotic idea, touch screen controls don’t work… Just argh. Want to make a console, do it but don’t make it some terrible android thing. Make it a random O.S, make it play discs or make it a console where you completely download games, get devs to support it, make it a proper console not this, phone on your TV crap.

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