The lights are on
The GameStick, a Kickstarter-funded Android console similar to the Ouya, will hit retail in September.
The GameStick raised over $647,658 on Kickstarter (well over its original goal of $100,00). Its big selling point is its price ($79) and its size, which makes even the diminutive Ouya look like a beast. It's basically the size of a thumb drive, and plugs into your TV via HDMI. It also comes with a modern-yet-retro controller, which our editor Ben Reeves felt was a bit uncomfortable in this hands-on preview.
Word is now that the console will be shipping on September 30, which is confirmed by pre-order pages on retail sites.
It will likely be shipped to Kickstarter backers prior to going to retail.
It will be interesting to see how it fares.
[Source: Liliputing via Destructoid]
Our Take:The GameStick is interesting; it's tiny size makes it a home TV console that's truly portable (especially because it doesn't require any cables or hook-ups). Also, at $79, it's almost an impulse buy (it's very similar to Google's Chromecast TV peripheral in both design and price). However, as we've seen with Ouya, it turns out that the home console business isn't an easy. Still, given that the company's original Kickstarter goal was only $100,000, I imagine that GameStick has more realistic goals and therefore a more reachable definition of success.
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This sounds really cool but it really comes down to the games you can play. Graphic limitations can always be worked around with a good art style, many nintendo games despite being years old maintain their quality because of the art style. Hell, the wii itself survived only because of it.
A mighty lot of Android-based consoles coming out lately.
Good luck. I hope this doesn't turn out to be a joke.
First I've heard of this. Seems interesting and the price is great if it ends up being something that can deliver
I haven't even bought one of them but I'm already tired of the concept of an Android home console. Every time one is made it's hyped to be the next big thing only for it to die in a corner.
I seriously think that the Game Stick is going to be a failure like the OUYA. I can see where it's aimed at, but I don't think people will buy it unless it has exceptional exclusive content. I hope that i'm wrong and that it does succeed, but, right now, I just can't see that happening.
So cheaper emulation? Nah, I'm sure they have a killer line up for launch.
I think it looks cute. I don't care for Android or their games or even their consoles really but it's just so tiny and hip. I will see how it gets reviewed.
So what do you guys (readers) want to see out of an android console? Reader poll for you all.