Android-powered microconsole Gamestick launching October 29

PlayJam's 2-inch $80 console releasing next month across the world at retailers like GameStop and Amazon.

PlayJam's $80 microconsole Gamestick will launch at retailers across the world on October 29, the developer announced today.

The Gamestick is a Kickstarter success story and has moved from paper to production in nine months. The USB-enabled console was originally targeted to launch in June, but was pushed back to meet "stringent QA targets."

Those who backed the Gamestick's Kickstarter campaign will receive their units ahead of the October 29 launch. These units will ship at the end of the month before the global rollout in October.

Powered by Android, the Gamestick features an ARM Cortex A9 CPU and a Mali 400 GPU, as well as 8B of onboard storage and a Micro SD slot. The system also features built-in Wi-Fi, 1080p playback, Bluetooth 4.0, and "full parental control" with content filters.

Included with every $80 package are one Gamestick console, one Bluetooth control, a power adapter, and all other cables needed to get the system running. The console is available to preorder today through Amazon and GameStop, among others.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

104 comments
GoDogGoRangers
GoDogGoRangers

8bytes of internal storage isn't a lot.. It clearly say so "as well as 8B of onboard storage and a Micro SD slot"

Aletunda
Aletunda

After scanning the comments I think people are missing the point of this micro-console, Obviously it's not targeted at the core gamer market, I think it's a suitable product targeted at an audience who don't game very often, it also sounds quite suitable for kids too, low cost console and games, works well for parents. So lets not shut it down all together before it even hit shelves 

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Another garbage Android-powered "gaming" device with buttons.

Can you spell OUYA?


Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I have never heard of this android mini console. still $80.00 is wondering that you get what you pay for.

franzito
franzito

I don't do microconsoles, I may lost them...

gunzlingerbila
gunzlingerbila

USB enabled? Dude this connects via HDMI port :/

soulless4now
soulless4now

I have officially lost count of how many "consoles" we have had this year. 

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

AND this is why sony is just STUPID for no bringing the Vita TV to the USA ASAP. 

for every android console sold, they are losing a possible Vita TV custimor. 

would you rather play ff3 for 20 bucks on your Ouya or FF 1-10 for 10 bucks each? 

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

"as well as 8B of onboard storage"

Not sure if never proof read.... or just crappy....

shinreiningyo
shinreiningyo

Once a friend of mine bought a used game in a bargain bin for $2, the game was bad and he knew it, but just couldn't resist the experience of buying a game for that cheap.

A few minutes later, with a similar amount of money I bought myself a juicy Hot Dog (it was NICE). 

You see, for how cheap anything might be, there are other uses for those same (cheap) amount of money...

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Just be honest this is meant to play emulators on TV and thats that.

rarson
rarson

8 Bytes of onboard storage, wow! The future is now!

Manatassix
Manatassix

Wow that controller looks uncomfortable. What is this some kind of competition to see who can design the worst controller for android games?

derekscorp
derekscorp

What this, and the Ouya seem fond of ignoring is the fact that Android is a horrible platform for games, and developers do NOT like programming for it.

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

I proof read it as 8GB, just assuming reading it through the first time

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

was kind of interested and then Vita TV happened.

penguino522
penguino522

Wow, that backpack in that picture is actually really nice. That's really the only thing that caught my eye in this article.

But seriously, where can I buy that backpack?

INF1DEL
INF1DEL

Wow, 8 bytes of onboard storage? And it comes with a bluetooth control? Cool!

FFS learn to proofread, Eddie.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

I wonder if this will match all the sales that OUYA boasted.

frylock1987
frylock1987

Just pony up a extra 100-180 bucks and get a 3DS or Vita.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

I've had times where I've said to myself "I can't wait to get home and play X game." I don't ever see myself saying that about a tablet game.

krystyla
krystyla

If only they made an android console that supports the X360 or X1 controller. Imagine playing N64 or PS2 games with it through an emulatur

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

any news on a black model ? amazon says 8gb

msfan1289
msfan1289

@derekscorp ??????  most of the game engines have compilers that allows you to make game builds for the android, -.-

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@INF1DEL at least it's fun to read his mistakes from time to time... *chuckle*


udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@Timmy_Gwar  

i'll buy the ouya ez if it means good games.

you idiots buy phones based on nothing.  

nothing funnier than a girl crying about her destroyed phone, lol.

it might be the funniest gaff idiocy available.


HyperWarlock
HyperWarlock

@frylock1987 That's like saying 'just pony up an extra $3 Million for a mansion instead of that lame apartment'. 

$180 is a lot of money to 'pony up'

ggregd
ggregd

@RicanV Really.  The point of those games is you don't have to go home to play them.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@larkin-54 @derekscorp No it isn't. It's just "pre-built" with alot of functions and libraries. the JVM is slow and it's a mess to use for anything but the simplest tasks.

Just making a button interface ends up being a hundred lines of code.

It's newbie friendly but that's about it.

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@Joedgabe @INF1DEL  

what's funnier, is idiots thinking bluetooth talk warrants ridicule.

i'd rather make fun of fools who have bluetooth.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@udubdawgz it's not nice to insult other peole but you do have a point.. most people don't even use the capabilities of their phones at all.. just for flashing it... would at least used bigger screen phones to watch movies.. but nope.... still same old.

sanchango
sanchango

@HyperWarlock well to be fair, in terms of comparisons your comparison for a mansion is about 500-600(HUGE GUESSTIMATION)times the market value of a lame apartment

while fry is about 2.2-2.3(3DS) times and 3.2-3.3(Vita) times the price of the microconsole


msfan1289
msfan1289

@larkin-54 @msfan1289 @derekscorp most game engines already have a export for a platform, you make the game and it exports to the platform you want, Unity, Gamemaker, Construct 2, hell even UDK. dont believe me down load any of them and export a small game for it.

you dont know how it works...

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@Manatassix  

fine, i'll buy a system to play good games and you'll buy a phone to talk to people.

you (not you, specifically) laugh/denigrate,etc. at people who would buy the ouya.

i laugh at people who waste their time and money on phones.  which, btw, are a much costlier monthly bill. 


for entertainment, i'll take a gaming device over mobile yapping everyday.

Manatassix
Manatassix

@Joedgabe @udubdawgz 

Nope completely lost as to what the point he has is? 

I'm not being facetious I genuinely cant understand the point of that comment, seemingly just aimed as a random insult at somebody who bought a phone based on nothing... 

eh?