While this is starting to become a little redundant, the Kickstarter backed console GameStick has yet again been delayed due to “production and logistical” issues. What’s even worse is that now the newly targeted released date of November 15th has the $80 console pitted against Sony’s powerhouse in the PlayStation 4 release. While I don’t think having the device released during the same day as the PS4 will affect its sales whatsoever, keeping the customers who pre-ordered the device constantly in flux isn’t a good idea.
Either way, have you pre-ordered the GameStick? If not, any plans of grabbing it once it’s released?
Much like the highly anticipated Ouya, another crowd-sourced Android-powered gaming console has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The GameStick, originally announced around the beginning of the year, has delayed the first non-developer run of systems to its Kickstarter backers by about a month, citing an unfinished UI as the cause of the delay.
On the bright side, the manufacturing tooling is finished and the first run of GameStick’s have rolled off the line, including a last-minute change which entailed redesigning the analog sticks for easy removal, allowing users to apply custom decals. Early backers should expect theirs to ship sometime this August with a retail release sometime this fall. Hit the source for the full update from the GameStick team.
When we last reported on PlayJam’s Gamestick project, they had started to take pre-orders for the $79 device after their successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, it appears that success has come at a price as PlayJam has announced they have delayed delivery of the Gamestick until June. PlayJam opened their Kickstarter project in January with a goal of $100,000 to be able to start delivering devices in April. However, they ended up pulling in $650,000 via pledges from around 5,700 backers. The Kickstarter fundraising effort was so successful, PlayJam was able to add a goal to provide a fourth color option for buyers. All of the additional units to be produced have resulted in some changes to production and shipping methods. According to PlayJam,
Android gaming has been growing in popularity since the inception of the platform in 2008. Currently, the only drawback to Android gaming is the fact gaming is generally limited for use on Android smartphones and tablets at this time. Fortunately, a kickstarter project called the Gamestick was introduced which allows for Android gaming to be brought to your TV set via a small console and controller in one, giving Android a more traditional method of playing various Android games. Now the wait is almost over as preorder sales have finally begun, a full month ahead of their global retail launch. Preorders for the device are $79 which is amazing considering that for the same price, you can only buy a major or new released title of any current generation gaming console. Check out the press release below and let us know if you plan on buying one of the new Gamestick consoles.
A new entrant in the Android gaming console market emerged today with PlayJam announcing the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to be able to start producing their take on the hardware, the GameStick. PlayJam indicates they are targeting a market price of only $79 for the GameStick. The device is very small, similar to a typical USB flash drive, and will plug directly into a TV’s HDMI slot to provide full 1080p video. Bluetooth is used to connect the GameStick’s controller to the device with PlayJam promising the ability to join other controllers, not limited to PlayJam’s own controllers, for multi-player functionality. When not in use, the “console” part can be stowed inside the controller for easy transport. As far as content, PlayJam indicates they are working with developers of the 700,000 Android games available to identify titles to be included in a customized app store for the device.