Gamestick: the “most portable” gaming console


Used to be that you’d have to fly out to CES to catch a glimpse of the future. Fortunately now you can save on your carbon footprint and simply head on to Kickstarter and marvel at what could be. Even better you can actively make a difference and bring amazing technology, art and music into the world. After endless whining in the 2000s about the internet and consumers killing these things it’s great to see people banding together to produce something like The Thrilling Adventure Hour.

For those interested in the possible future of gaming PlayJam – a SmartTV casual gaming platform have launched a Kickstarter campaign for GameStick – their dedicated games console. If you’ve ever played Game Dev Centre you’ll have a glimpse of how difficult a venture this is (you’ll need an elusive Hardware Engineer for a start).

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 multi-player functionality yet priced at just $79.

“We wanted to create a games console that helped further our overriding mission to bring affordable gaming to the big screen. Not only that, we wanted to push the boundaries of what has been achieved up to now by packing sufficient power into the most portable of devices, enabling users to carry that experience with them wherever they go.” – Jasper Smith, CEO PlayJam

GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users will be able to browse and download content. 100s of high-quality Android games will be available – at Android game prices so your over spend will stay pretty low, whilst your levels of enjoyment should run pretty high.

Update: 1000+ Kickstarter backers pushed the team over their $100,000 funding goal in just 30 hours. In a press release celebrating their success the team also added that they’ll be providing XBMC and DLNA support to the console so home theatre enthusiasts have a whole other reason to rejoice.

Update 2: Check out this GameStick unboxing video