PlayJam plans to ship its first Android-based GameStick video game consoles in April to backers of the company’s Kickstarter campaign. But if you didn’t pledge any money during the fundraising campaign, now you can pre-order a GameStick from the company’s website for $79.

The GameStick is a game console on a tiny stick about the size of a USB flash drive. It also comes with a wireless game controller which has a slot that you can store the stick in when you’re not using it.

GameStick

If the GameStick design looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically a custom version of an Android TV Stick — and we’ve seen a lot of those in the past year. This particular model features an Amlogic AM8726-MX ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and an Android Jelly Bean-based operating system with an emphasis on games.

Pre-orders will ship once all of the Kickstarter premiums are out the door.

Customers can also pick up a case for $10, or a dock for $25. The dock is an accessory that adds an SD card reader, additional USB ports, an Ethernet jack, HDMI port, and wireless charging for the GameStick controller. You can also use it to plug in peripherals like a microphone, camera, or just about anything else supported by Android.

 

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5 replies on “GameStick’s $79 Android gaming system is available for pre-order”

  1. I really wonder if this Android based gaming gadget segment of the market is viable? There are half a dozen competitors, and some of them have a decent amount of cash and a built in base of buyers because people “paid in” ahead of time with KickStarter. But is the gaming experience and hardware right to be a growth model?

    I hate to say it, but I think these little devices are junk. I don’t mean they don’t work, but rather that they are novelty items that end up in a draw after six months. Fcatories in China shoot these thing out, people with too much monye by them for a novelty, an dthey the thing end up in a landfill or in adesk draw for ten years.

    Its a thing that is a waste of resources – like Mardi Gras beads or talking/singing fish.

    1. I can definitely see that they’re not going to appeal to everyone, but I think quite a number of people will see good value in these Android TV sticks. You can watch Netflix and Hulu; browse the web; check email; stream music and video from USB drives, flash media, NAS drives, and media serves; and play games, including thousands of classic console games via emulators. If I didn’t already have a WD TV Live Plus, I’d be in the market for exactly this kind of device.

    2. I’m currently using an MK802II ($56 bucks) connected to my 46″ HDTV and have full access to Google Play, run Netflix, Crackle and Splashtop2 which gives me full access to all of the computers on my home network displayed full screen on the TV monitor. It’s quite amazing,not perfect but surprisingly good for fifty six dollars…As for a gaming machine I’m a little skeptical that they can give the experience most serious gamers expect but time will tell…

        1. It looks well designed and the base station charging hub is pretty slick too…If they can port some decent games to this thing it’s a much less expensive alternative to the big console devices currently available…I love my Xbox 360 but if MS does away with the used game market they’ll have a major problem with those of us that don’t want to spend fifty freakin bucks on a new game title…

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