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GameStick Console Price at $79, Now Up for Pre-order

Earlier this month, Ouya announced that its $99 Android console was up for pre-order and scheduled for launch in June. Now another Kickstarter-backed console is making its way to market.

 

GameStick is a portable Android-based console that turned quite a few heads by meeting its $100K Kickstarter goal six times over. Offering a prototype that's no bigger than a flash drive, GameStick allows for a compact, no-fuss gaming experience using a TV equipped with a HDMI connection. Today, PlayJam, the company behind GameStick announced that the console was officially up for pre-order.

 

PlayJam says its Amazon-powered pre-order service is an opportunity for those that missed out on the Kickstarter to jump the queue on the official retail launch. The company says pre-orders will ship immediately after the initial Kickstarter run in April (a GameStick unit was one of the perks for those that pledged above a certain amount on Kickstarter).

"January was a pivotal month for GameStick with the success of the campaign ensuring that we could bring the device to life." Said Anthony Johnson, CMO PlayJam, "Since the campaign closed, we have received thousands of e-mails from individuals keen to ensure they remain one of the first to receive the product. By continuing to offer GameStick on pre-order, we will be able to maintain momentum ahead of our planned retail activity."

PlayJam is selling the GameStick plus a controller for $79.99. The dock will set you back $24.99, while the GameStick case is going for $9.99.Pre-orders are being taken through www.gamestick.tv.

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  • hero1
    So many choices out there. I hope that they perform well for those who will end up buying them.
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  • ubercake
    For a world getting more and more complacent with finger-swipe games on their phones, look for many of these new game consoles to carry these simple games while giving us a control stick since we can't swipe our television.
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  • antilycus
    zero interest for this, tons for OUYA. Maybe because Ouya has 3D accerlation?
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  • myromance123
    The controller looks like it's ready to induce a whole lot of RSI... I hope they contemplate better ergonomics in future designs at least.
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  • For some reason I read the buttons as "paypal" instead of "play"...
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  • AndrewMD
    paypalinsteadofplayFor some reason I read the buttons as "paypal" instead of "play"...
    That's you not me. And reading from your username, I see this is a low ball way to advertise....
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  • audiophillia
    hastenI'm a little concerned about these device's target market. It seems to be in no mans land. Sure there will be a few rabid fans looking for a low cost gaming solutions (as evident from posts here and the amazing kickstarter results), but the casual market will likely be intimidated by a product like these unless the execution is exceptional. I also don't see many "hardcore" gamers finding value in them as they would rather have a more powerful console or are PC gamers/enthusiasts (who certainly don't need a device like this).
    I am going to have to disagree about the casual crowd statement. The casual crowd is more tech-savvy then we give them credit for and I think they can handle identifying an hdmi port. I could see this working wonders for my friend who is a SNES, NES fan. Just load it down with emulators and he is ready to roll.
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  • darkavenger123
    What's the point of this...what am going to play with this...Angry birds? Fruit Ninja? With a controller??? Duh.
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  • audiophillia
    darkavenger123What's the point of this...what am going to play with this...Angry birds? Fruit Ninja? With a controller??? Duh.
    I imagine emulators more than anything. the controller gives a snes/dualshock vibe.
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  • slabbo
    at first i was kinda interested in Ouya and this Gamestick, but after finding out you need to repurchase your Android Apps in order to play the games that was a huge "hell no!" Stupid deal killer!!!
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