Portable Android Game Console On the Way

A new Android-based games console called GameStick has made its debut on Kickstarter. Developed by PlayJam, the GameStick is a thumb drive-sized machine that plugs directly into your TV through an available HDMI port. GameStick promises an open-source games platform that challenges the traditional console publishing model. The GameStick emphasizes portability. The entire system is housed within the HDMI adapter which includes a 1.5GHz dual-core Amlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage and integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips. The system is capable of running graphically-intensive Android games at HD resolution.

GameStick will begin shipping in April. It will be accompanied with a dedicated Bluetooth controller, which features dual-analog and d-pad controls, as well as a port for housing the HDMI adapter for portability. Software-wise, the GameStick will be powered by Google’s Android 4.1 operating system (Jelly Bean). The company claims to have 200 supported games in the pipeline, as well as partnerships and negotiations with over 250 developers. The system will feature a custom designed UI.

Written by: Dan Adcock

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