The GameStick is basically an OUYA that you can fit in your pocket. It is a Kickstarter-funded, Android-based, open source, home game console for your HDTV. But instead of a little box you put next to your screen, it’s an HDMI stick that comes with (and in) it’s own game controller.
That thing with the red line on it that stuck in the bottom of the controller – that’s the console itself. You plug that into your HDTV’s HDMI slot. (Although, technically, what you are looking at is a non-working prototype.)
The specs are less impressive than the OUYA, but what it lacks in power, it (hopes to?) make up for in portability.
- Processor – Amlogic 8726-MX
- Dual-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1.5 GHz
- Dual-core Mali 400 GPU at 400 MHz
- 1 GB DDR3 RAM
- 8 GB Flash Storage
- WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth – LE 4.0
- O/S – Android Jelly Bean
- Full 1080p HD video decoding
Some of it’s other features:
- Content Download Manager
- Cloud storage for games.
- Support for XBMC & DLNA from Sept via optional firmware update.
- Support for iOS and Android mobile devices to be used as controllers
The controller is Bluetooth, and the console supports up to 4 Bluetooth game controllers at the same time. You can also use BT for a keyboard and mouse. I haven’t seen anything that says if you can use USB devices on this thing or not, but it will have a USB slot for TVs that don’t support MHL power over HDMI, but it may just be a power slot, or a way to connect it to a computer, and not Host/OTG.
As of the time of this writing, there is no MicroSD card slot – but it is a stretch goal. Their original goal was $100,000, which they have surpassed. To get the MicroSD, the stretch goal is $560,000. (They have over $350,000 pledged right now, and 19 days to go – February 1.)
I like the idea of using iOS/Android devices as controllers, and they have announced some beta support for Xbox 360 controllers as well. It should be interesting to see what actually gets released. The idea of a TV game console where you can bring your own favorite controller, be it Xbox, PS3, Wii, or iPhone, is pretty intriguing I must say.
Now, as far as the idea of a game console I can fit in my pocket – anyone who has a phone/handheld game system/tablet with HDMI out – or video out for that matter – has had that for a while.
What do you think? Is portability that important for a device that needs a big TV to run? Do you see this being hacked onto the back of a LapDock? Would you rather have a pocketable game console with less power, or a slightly bigger box with more power (like the OUYA)? Anyone plan on getting this? Anyone plan on getting both this and the OUYA?