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Ouya competitor Gamestick hits Kickstarter goal in just 2 days

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Ouya competitor Gamestick hits Kickstarter goal in just 2 days
We've been covering the Ouya console that came up on Kickstarter a while ago, because the idea of an Android game console is one that sounds pretty sweet. But, there's a new competitor for Ouya on Kickstarter called Gamestick that's actually more our speed, because it can more easily be mobile. The Gamestick is literally an HDMI stick that fits into its own gaming controller for portability. 

Not surprisingly, the Gamestick is just as popular a project as Ouya and passed its goal of $100,000 in just two days, and as of this writing, the project had more than doubled its goal. The Gamestick isn't as powerful as Ouya. It is packing an Amlogic 8726-MX processor, 1GB RAM, 8 GB of flash storage, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy), and will offer support for XBMC & DLNA from Sept via an optional firmware update.

The Gamestick is also a bit cheaper than the Ouya. The Ouya is on pre-sale for $99, but you can get the Gamestick (assuming it is ever made, which you can't always count on with Kickstarter projects) for just a $69 pledge. That's not too bad for an Android-powered game console that will fit in your pocket.

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posted on 05 Jan 2013, 20:18 1

1. Droiddoes (unregistered)

"We've been covering the Ouya console that came up on Kickstarter a while ago, because the idea of an Android game console is one that sounds pretty sweet."

Not really. If I wanted to play uninspired shovelware games I would get a Wii or an ipod.
For those of us with PS3's , 360's and PC's the Ouya and Gamestick is useless.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 20:21 2

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Very true. Real gamers probably won't find much use for either product, but there are a lot of people that basically got into games via mobile, and these could be good tools to transition them to proper game consoles.

BTW, welcome back! How were your holidays?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 23:19

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

welp... i just bought me a Moga android controller and its pretty much the best for mobile gaming...Small nice gripable controller, can fit in your pocket pretty nice(maybe not slim pants pockets but still) and only paid 40 for it :)

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 02:44 1

5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I disagree.
It's not just a transitional tool.
In fact, I think android and iOS could be the future of console gaming.
The potential is mind - boggling imo.
Imagine a small $250 console with powerVR series 6 graphics and quad core A15 CPU clocked at 2.5ghz, with 3GB of RAM.
It is much more powerful than PS or Xbox.
And when you look at some mobile games today, they already offer an AAA package for just 6-7$.
And it somehow pays back.
Compare that to ridiculously expensive console games.

Anyway, my point is - with a market of about 50 - 100 million of such consoles, mobile game developers could really start making non -compromised games at a revolutionary price.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 04:17

6. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Here's an interesting thought - say that Apple decides to expand on its paradigm and makes an $300 iOS game console with heavy subsidies on certain premium games. Maybe even investing into its own gaming studio.
I think Sony and Microsoft can be very thankful that this almost certainly won't ever happen.

Because Apple would sell these phenomenally, and games could be great and profitable even at sub 10$ price

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:30

7. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

As a broke college kid, I see a huge potential for these devices. Devices so cheap that they can almost be written off from day 1. Also games are much cheaper. This could play so many games in such a small package for. I could pay $120 for two good PS3 or XBOX games band I would be amused for a few months or I could buy one of these and games with a total of $120 spent and be amused for years. These could probably play almost any N64, NES, SNES, SEGA, Atari, or PS1 (PS2 and gamecube eventually) ever made. Over a decade later, Mario cart 64 and super smash brothers 64 are still some of the most fun games to play with friends.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 22:03 2

3. JGuinan007 (Posts: 647; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I think Android Game consoles are a step in the right direction but again the software is not there yet no android games are on par with any current offering from PS3,Xbox, or PC. But in the next 5 years as PCs become extinct in the consumer market and there are more powerful Tablets better software will be written for Android and other mobile OSs

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