There are a lot of projects going on at Kickstarter, but every once in a while I find one that catches my eye. Well, GameStick caught my eye and opened my wallet before I could even finish reading the description. I stumbled onto the listing on their opening day and I’m glad that I did, because they hit their goal in 30 hours and sold out of the earlybird special (yes, I got in on it).
So after all of this buildup, what is the GameStick you ask? Well, the GameStick is basically Android on a stick with a wireless controller (jump past the break for more details and specs).
Seems simple but the (planned) execution is so much more than what other similar products offer. First off, the controller is also a case for the system. This may not seem like much, but with a system designed for mobility, this is a nice touch. Second, the GameStick connects to HDTVs through the HDMI port where it receives it’s juice. No extra cables or looking for a socket. Just plug it in and go.
The GameStick is also nicely spec’d:
- Processor – Amlogic 8726-MX
- Memory – 1GB DDR3 / 8GB FLASH
- Content Download Manager w/ cloud storage for games.
- WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth – LE 4.0
- O/S – Android Jelly Bean
- Controller – Bluetooth, 3 mode controller: gamepad, mouse and keyboard with support for up to 4 controllers.
- Full 1080p HD video decoding
- Support for XBMC & DLNA from Sept via optional firmware update.
- Support for iOS and Android mobile devices to be used as controllers
Now for all of this, you might expect the price to be pretty high, but earlybirds like me were able to pre-order one for just $69 ($79 for anyone late to the game). With these features and price point, it’s no wonder they are nearing $300,00 in pledges. If you’re interested, you can check out their Kickstarter campaign here.