by Lucian Armasu, 11 months ago
In many of my past articles about Google TV, I’ve suggested that one of the best ways for Google to make its set top boxes popular is to promote them as some sort of “mini-consoles”, that…
With the OUYA moving closer and closer to actually arriving in our living rooms, it's only natural that we'll start to see some competition. Enter the GameStick.
PlayJam, more known for its efforts in the smart TV field, launched a Kickstarter campaign for a product it calls the GameStick today. The project will be funded if it hits $100,000 by February 1, and having already raised over $44,000 at the time of this writing, that seems like likely. It seems to be a combination of the OUYA and the Android-powered HDMI sticks we’re seeing more of lately.
While the announced specs aren't as powerful as those in the OUYA, this should allow PlayJam to sell the GameStick for a planned $79–cheaper than the already-inexpensive OUYA. Low prices seem to be a recurring theme with the GameStick, as its Kickstarter page mentions that games will generally sell for just a few dollars, with some even being free-to-play. Of course, the main gimmick is that the entire “console” fits inside the controller.
One of the main criticisms leveled against the OUYA when it was initially announced was that it was essentially a smartphone without the screen, and in a much larger box. With the GameStick being less powerful, will people take it seriously, or will it continuously play second fiddle to the OUYA?
For more details, see the press release below the article, or check out the video below, which features a working prototype.
Do you think PlayJam's GameStick could become successful? For that matter, do you even think the OUYA will be a success?
GAMESTICK, THE WORLDS MOST PORTABLE TV GAMES CONSOLE CAMPAIGNS FOR CONSUMER SUPPORT ON KICKSTARTER
Portable Games Console To Bring Affordable Gaming Directly To Your TV Screen
London & San Francisco;January 2nd, 2013; PlayJam,the global platform for casual and social games on Smart TV, launched its Kickstarter campaign today in a bid to bring its dedicated games console – GameStick – to life.
The team behind GameStick hope to accelerate the race to change the face of big screen gaming with the launch of the most portable, affordable, dedicated TV gaming device on the market priced at just $79.
GameStick is a small yet powerful, dedicated games console that plugs directly into a TV's HDMI slot and comes with a fully featured Bluetooth controller – ready to go right out of the box. When on the move, the two combine into a single unit, putting big screen gaming right into the pocket. The device will be compatible with other Bluetooth controllers enabling true multi-player functionality.
“We wanted to create a games console that helped further our overriding mission to bring affordable gaming to the big screen”. Says Jasper Smith, CEO PlayJam. “Not only that, we wanted to push the boundaries of what has been achieved up to now bypacking sufficient power into the most portable of devices, enabling users to carry that experience with them wherever they go.”
The 30 day Kickstarter campaign launched today with the team at PlayJam looking to raise a minimum of $100,000 to help make GameStick a reality. Supporters of the project can get involved by pledging as little as $10.
“We are currently in a closed Beta phase of development with a working prototype that our guys are using to test some great games. Next comes the final design stage and live testing of both the controller and the games,” continues Smith. “We are fortunate to have been able to utilize our existing technology to get us to this point and have preferred manufacturers in place and an existing developer network ready to go. However, to get this project over the line and into full production, we need the support of the backers on Kickstarter.”
GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users will be able to browse and download content. The proposition will be powered by PlayJam's existing Games Network for Smart TV which currently supports developers such as Relentless Software, First Star Software, and Disney.
To date, the team has been focused on bringing GameStick to its pre-production phase by finalising hardware design and integrating the back end technology to power the service. They have worked with a small beta group of developers to announce the following initial line-up.
|Madfinger||Shadowgun and Dead Trigger|
|First Star||Boulder Dash XL|
|FGOL||Hungry Shark, Grabatron and Pool Bar|
|Relentless Software||Quiz Climber and Blue Toad Murder Files|
Now that the project is public, the team hopes to work with all Android developers looking to get their games onto the big screen. GameStick's Bluetooth controller uses different modes to allow the gamer to access and play 100′s of compatible games directly onto their TV.
“To date, the most accessible route to TV gaming for the consumer has been the traditional games console – this is changing. GameStick gives the thousands of Android developers out there an additional route to bring an affordable big-screen gaming experience direct to their fans. What's more, we wanted to do this via a unique, highly portable device that will enable pure social gaming – by that we mean people sharing great experiences in the same room!” Smith concluded.
To visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support, please visit: http://kck.st/12SSvMO