GameStick opens access for its unconsole with global $79 pre-order campaign
by Jon Jordan 15/2/2013
Having raised $647,658 on Kickstarter - not bad given its $100,000 target - GameStick is opening up wider access for its unconsole.
Global pre-orders are now open for the controller and Android-based-stick combo, which is priced at $79.
Postage is $9.99 for the US and $24.99 for international destinations.
Through the doors open
The first 250 Kickstarters got their GameSticks for $69, but this was raised to $79 so johnny-come-latelys are getting the standard deal, although the company will be supplying GameSticks to its Kickstarter supporters first.
A case and dock can also be pre-ordered, priced $9.99 and $24.99.
Check out the store here.
Plug into, switch off
Running Android on a small USB-sized wifi-enabled unconsole - roughly equivalent to an iPad 2 in performance - you connect the stick into the HDMI slot of your smart TV.
The controller uses Bluetooth, and the company has also demonstrated the use of Android and iOS devices as a touchscreen controller, if supported by games.
The system uses PlayJam's smart TV gaming service to provide a curated selection of games; PlayJam is the UK company behind GameStick.
You can see the original Kickstarter video below, although note that the controller design has since been tweaked.