$79 GameStick wants to take on the $99 Ouya

Posted by Trent Nouveau

A company known as GameStick has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise cash for a new Android-powered gaming device.

The device can best be described as a PC-on-a-stick powered by an ARM Cortex-A9
processor (Amlogic 8726-MX) paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage.

Additional specs include Google Android Jelly Bean, a 4-mode wireless controller (icade, gamepad, mouse and keyboard), 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an HDMI port on one end.

As expected, you can plug the GameStick directly into your big screen TV and easily navigate content and games with a specially designed user interface (UI). The system also supports mouse and keyboard input via Bluetooth, so you don't have to ditch your favorite peripherals anytime soon.

"People are always on the go. Traditional consoles are big. We set out to create a big screen games console that was so small you could pop it in your pocket," a GameStick rep explained.

"It's tiny. So small in fact that GameStick fits inside it's own controller so you can take all your games with you to any TV you like, anywhere. Simply plug it into the HDMI slot, grab the controller and play away."

At least 200 games are already supported by the GameStick, including Shadowgun, Dead Trigger, Canabalt and Boulder Dash XL.

The GameStick team is currently seeking $100,000 with 29 more days to go. Shipments of the device should kick off in April 2013 if the company meets its above-mentioned financial goal.

Of course, GameStick isn't the only Android-powered game console to have appeared on Kickstarter in recent months. Indeed, the $99 Ouya, which managed to raise an impressive $8,596,474 on Kickstarter with the full support of 63,416 backers, is scheduled to ship this March as well. 

The Ouya console is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip paired with Android Jelly Bean (4.1-4.2) for the OS. Additional specs include 8 GB internal flash memory, 1 GB RAM, HDMI (1080p), Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU, USB 2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth LE 4.0, Ethernet port and a wireless controller.