The GameStick console will be the latest release from PlayJam, the UK based interactive casual games network. The tiny 2 inch console is part of PlayJam’s vision to provide easy big screen gaming solutions for the whole family at affordable prices. GameStick is an easy to use, highly portable plug and play console that allows users to bring their games directly to the big screen.
How it Works
The GameStick console will plug straight into a free HDMI port on the TV, powering up from the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) if there is one. If another powers source is needed, there’s a power adapter and micros USB port on the stick. The controller connects to the stick via Bluetooth.
- Processor – Amlogic 8726-MXS
- 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 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Controller – Bluetooth
- 1080p HD video decoding
- Expandable memory (up to 32GB) via microSD card slot
- Support for iOS and Android mobile devices to be used as controllers
Healthy competition between console manufacturers is good for everyone. GameStick is being compared by many to the Ouya games console which was released in June 2013.
Both consoles have backers on Kickstart and both had similar release dates at first. In an interview with Gamasutra, PlayJam’s CEO Jasper Smith says this about being second to release the product: “There’s a lot to be said for letting others go first and learning from it”
How To Get A GameStick
Anyone who loves the idea of this microconsole can get their hands on one from the 29th Octobeer 2013 from Amazon or Gamestop for a very affordable $80. Included with each package as standard is:
- Gamestick console x 1
- Bluetooth control x 1
- Power adapter x 1
- Necessary cables
- Pre-installed Game x 2
You can also opt to purchase a docking station that can charge both the controller and console.
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