If you’ve got a smartphone then you can game any where you desire.  However, being pinned to a screen that doesn’t measure more than 4 or 5-inches is hardly an engaging and engrossing experience.

Enter the GameStick.  It will cost just $79 and will be compatible with, at least initially, 200 games that are currently in the Android Play Store.  And needless to say additional games will come, especially following the launch of the device.  From my understanding it’s not as powerful of the OUYA, but given its diminutive size PlayJam doesn’t intend to compete in the same space.

That being said, what you’re looking at (above) is the entire system.  I know, it looks just like a typical controller, though focus a bit closer and you’ll see that the game system is in fact a USB stick like device that fits neatly into the controller’s base.  Power, much like Roku’s Streaming Stick, is drawn from the HDMI port, so there won’t be a need to drag around a power pack, though charging the controller will likely require some sort of 5V USB connection.  Up to 4 Bluetooth controllers can pair with the GameStick, and it’s capable of decoding full 1080p video, so perhaps there is room for streaming Netflix, Vudu and other sources as it includes WiFi b/g/n.  Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB of flash storage, and an Amlogic 8726-MX processor.

The GameStick is a Kickstarter campaign that launched yesterday and has already achieved 40% of their $100,000 goal.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."