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Android-powered Gamestick now up for pre-order

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Feb 2013, 13:45

Ouya isn't the only Android-powered game console that has come through Kickstarter. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, more mobile, albeit a bit less powerful, there's also the Gamestick. Kickstarter funding is done, and now the Gamestick is available for pre-order...

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posted on 16 Feb 2013, 14:38 4

1. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

At first, I was leery about these Android-powered consoles being viable for real gaming, but with it looking like Microsoft and Sony both trying to kill the used game market, and possibly backwards compatibility as well, I may get one or two of these systems just to spite them.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 14:50 1

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Uh oh... Must've wizzed in some console fanboy's Cheerios.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 14:56 1

3. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Yea you did...lol. Decided to balance it out...

The only way I think they can give consoles a real run for the money is if On Live and Steam support is good.

With both....you have access to your games from just about anywhere. I plan on getting 1 or all....lol. I definitely will be getting the Nvidia Shield and the Ouya.

Make current, older Android games form the Play Store available and compatible with the controls...and it's an instant hit.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 15:35 2

4. DetroitTech (Posts: 66; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

Console "fanboy" here... This Android gaming system is cute at best. Please tell me how OUYA is not a "console"? A crappy one at that. For gaming anyways. How hard are they going to push Shadowrun and Deadtrigger on people? Those seem to be the ONLY 2 games they ever highlight. Angrybirds? Come on. The day there are more Android "consoles" than phones is the day gaming on Android will be better suited for anything but a phone. Virtual buttons will continue to hamper the best games as the devs will realize the money is still in the phone/tablet.

With all that said, the only reason I'm defending consoles is because that is where the BEST games still are. If you're going to tell me Angry Birds or Cut the rope are a better games than Skyrim or GTA4, Halo4, Assassins Creed, Far Cry 3, COD's, etc... then you're taste and judgement in gaming is, to be nice, skewed. Fine if all the best games can somehow migrate over to Android fine. But until then, which I'm thinking isn't going to be for at least a few years consoles still rule. These Android consoles are just a neat idea. Eventually you do know that these little "sticks" and "boxes" are going to grow gaining more power and end up being consoles anyway right...? So we'll have tanked one platform just to move it to another because it's Android... ?Which, can you even install apps from Play on a OUYA or Gamestick?... Why switch then?

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 15:45 1

5. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

You know there are those that say the same thing about any piece of tech. Go back far enough, and there was probably some guy that said, "Why build a wheel when I can just pick this thing up and carry it?"

And besides that, everyone knows the best gaming is on PC, not consoles. ;-P

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 16:07 1

6. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Why switch? Look up Microsoft's & Sony's plans for future consoles... well, the at-this-point-alleged plans for future consoles. None of that is set in stone yet, but I think in your haste to defend the console, you completely missed the point of my first post.
Never said anything about present console gaming not being a pleasant enough experience, first post has more to do with ethical principles.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 18:45

7. DetroitTech (Posts: 66; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

I agree with your points don't get me wrong. Sony and M$ getting rid of used games does suck. But moving away from physical media does seem inevitable. Hey if GTA5 gets released on an OUYA without sacrificing ANYTHING. I'm all for it. It will take acceptance from the developers. All of the real/serious game studios currently only develop for the major consoles... AND PC. Yes PC gaming is solid. Also seeing as how fast the mobile phone hardware is advancing these Android consoles are going to get trumped every year. At a hundred or so bucks a pop every year you're looking at a grand over 10. I've had my 360 since 2006 for an initial investment of 200 bucks. Got an arcade version on black friday. Anyway, I'm just trying to have an intelligent discussion about the pros and cons of where gaming is heading. To me a game like Cut the Rope seems like it could have ran on a PS1. So the issues I've got with Android gaming is the majority of the games appear to be taking us back 2 gens in console technology. That I don't like. Even games like DeadTrigger aren't in the league of games like Skyrim or Far Cry 3.

I'm confident though there are enough people who will embrace a good solid device dedicated ONLY to gaming and hopefully the best design studios will follow suit. But we will see. This is an interesting time for gamers.

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