Kickstarter has turned out to be a boon to the gaming industry, in particular, startup companies and naturally, gamers. Every month or so we witness the birth of a gaming pad or a gaming console. Ouya is a popular example, an Android based gaming console that was embraced by eager customers. The latest product to hit the fundraising platform is called GameStick.
The GameStick is also an Android based gaming console, but with a slightly different approach from Ouya. People have liked the idea so much so that the project which was launched only on January 2, has already reached more than twice its target amount $100,000, with still 25 days to go.
The core purpose of GameStick is to make it possible for gamers to play good Android games on large screen HDTVs and at the same time provide small time game developers, who cannot launch their games on PlayStation and Xbox mainstream gaming consoles, an opportunity to launch their games on large screens, which is otherwise would be limited to smartphones and tablets.
The GameStick hardware is another unique feature. The core hardware is actually housed inside a dongle, which then slides inside a rectangular gamepad. When you have access to a large display, all you do is take out the dongle and plug it into the HDMI port of the TV. The game pad now communicates with the dongle via Bluetooth and you are now ready to start playing.
Understandably, the quality of the game cannot be compared with PS3 or Xbox 360, but that is not the point here at all. GameStick is only meant to play Android games on a large screen, but this does not mean the experience is not as good as a full fledged console. GameStick provides a different gaming experience that is very different compared to an actual console.
At present 200 games work with GameStick, including some really neat titles one of which is ShadowGun, a mobile game with amazing graphics and gameplay. The developers say they are in talks with 250 game developers including great studios such as Madfinger, Hutch, Disney, which will help them expand the game library.
- 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.
For more information about GameStick check out the Kickstarter page from the source link below