PlayJam, the global platform for casual and social games on Smart TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new portable TV game console, the GameStick. Based on the Android operating system, the GameStick is a “small yet powerful, dedicated games console that plugs directly into a TV’s HDMI slot.” It comes with a fully featured Bluetooth controller – ready to go right out of the box.
“We wanted to create a games console that helped further our overriding mission to bring affordable gaming to the big screen,” said Jasper Smith, CEO PlayJam. “Not only that, we wanted to push the boundaries of what has been achieved up to now bypacking sufficient power into the most portable of devices, enabling users to carry that experience with them wherever they go.”
“We are currently in a closed Beta phase of development with a working prototype that our guys are using to test some great games. Next comes the final design stage and live testing of both the controller and the games,” continued Smith. “We are fortunate to have been able to utilize our existing technology to get us to this point and have preferred manufacturers in place and an existing developer network ready to go. However, to get this project over the line and into full production, we need the support of the backers on Kickstarter.”
The goal behind GameStick is to “accelerate the race to change the face of big screen gaming.” PlayJam is looking to raise a minimum of $100,000 through the Kickstarter in hopes of making GameStick a reality. Supporters can pledge $69 or more to get the Earlybird special price of the GameStick. Once it’s sold out, you can get the regular GameStick bundle for $79. However, if you just wish to see the GameStick become a reality, you can pledge as little as $10.
GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users will be able to browse and download content. The proposition will be powered by PlayJam’s existing Games Network for Smart TV which currently supports developers such as Relentless Software, First Star Software, and Disney. Now that the project is public, PlayJam is hoping to work with all Android developers looking to bring their games to the big screen.
“To date, the most accessible route to TV gaming for the consumer has been the traditional games console – this is changing. GameStick gives the thousands of Android developers out there an additional route to bring an affordable big-screen gaming experience direct to their fans. What’s more, we wanted to do this via a unique, highly portable device that will enable pure social gaming – by that we mean people sharing great experiences in the same room!” Smith concluded.
If you’d like to make a pledge toward PlayJam’s GameStick, check out their Kickstarter page. Are you excited about this new device or is it simply a OUYA rip off?