Game Stick – New Android Console

It seems one gaming console based on Android is not enough. PlayJam plans to launch Game Stick, a new concept device capable of playing games, which will be funded through Kickstarter.

Stick Game was published as a project on Kickstarter two days ago and it already received all the money needed by the company. The truth is that the amount needed was quite small for such a project: $ 100,000. The console itself comes in the form of a stick that connects directly to the TV via an HDMI socket and the control is facilitated by a rectangular gamepad. While the design is not very attractive, it is interesting how PlayJam wanted to make this device easy to carry, the stick having the possibility to be inserted into a dedicated socket. Those seeking control alternatives can as well use the combination mouse + keyboard.

The operating system in Game Stick will be a modified version of Android Jelly Bean, which will enable app developers to release games on their own, without a publisher. There is a good and a less good part in all the business. While the price set for the console of $ 79 is very attractive for an entire console able to run games for Android, the hardware is not even like in Ouya.

Processor underpinning the new console is Amlogic 8726-MX, typically seen in Chinese Android devices. It includes an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core at 1.5 GHz, along with a Mali 400 graphics chip with two cores. Although at first sight is not so weak, its performance is twice as low compared even with an iPad 2, a tablet launched two years ago. Also, Game Stick will include 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and on 8 GB memory, without any visible possibility to extend.

The plan is that the new console to be launched in April 2013, and various offers on Kickstarter provides access to versions that are becoming more interesting, depending on the amount of money invested.

For further details about Game Stick you can visit its official page.

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