Open-source gaming on a thumb drive-sized system.
Watch out Ouya, a new Android-based games console has made its debut on Kickstarter, and it’s called the GameStick.
Developed by PlayJam, the GameStick is a thumb drive-sized device that
plugs directly into your TV via HDMI and promises an open-source games
platform that challenges the traditional console publishing model.
Unlike the Ouya,
which is intended to be a compact set-top box, the GameStick emphasizes
portability. The entire system is housed within the small HDMI adapter,
including a 1.5GHz dual-core Amlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB
of flash storage, as well as integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips.
While the GameStick hardware pales in comparison to Ouya’s Nvidia Tegra 3
processor, PlayJam says that the system is capable of running
graphically-intensive Android games at HD resolution.
When it begins shipping in April, the GameStick will be accompanied with
a dedicated Bluetooth controller, which features dual-analog and d-pad
controls, as well as a port for housing the HDMI adapter for easy
transportation. Software-wise, the GameStick will be powered by Google’s
Android 4.1 operating system, more commonly known as Jelly Bean. The
company claims to have 200 supported games in the pipeline, as well as
partnerships and negotiations with over 250 developers. The system will
utilize a custom designed UI, which bears a striking resemblance to the
tile-based interface used by the Xbox 360.
The company is seeking $100,000 in funds via Kickstarter, offering
backers free systems, beta test access, and even a job at the company
for providing their support. PlayJam intends to go toe-to-toe with Ouya,
offering the GameStick for $79 at retail — $20 cheaper — and shipping
in the same month.
You can see a video here .