note: all the images used in this post are taken from Google, because I’m lazy.
What is it?
GameStick is an android based gaming console,
it has a very small form factor making it very portable,
its made by PlayJam and the project was initiated in Kickstarter,
their campaign was very successful reaching over $650 thousand dollars.
and the GameStick is available now for the very low price of $80.
being an Android based device the GameStick
is internally very similar to the hardware found on smartphones and tablets,
on the outside it resembles a flash drive but with an HDMI instead if a USB tip,
anyone familiar with the Android based Tv boxes will quickly recognize the form factor.
here are some of the tech specs of the GameStick :
- ARM® CORTEX™ – A9 CPU
- MALI™ – 400 GPU
- Onboard Storage 8GB
- 32GB Micro SD Card Support
- Built in 802.11 b/g/n Wifi
- 1080p Video Playback
- Bluetooth® 4.0
- 1 x Micro USB Port (Stick)
- 1 x Micro USB Port (Controller)
- Bluetooth® HID Android Compatible Controller
I think the hardware would’ve been better, but the device works and boots just fine,
the beauty of the GameStick is that it fits right into the Controller in a specially design bay
which makes it easier to pack and just adds to the portable feel of the device.
I think the build quality of both the GameStick and the controller are superb,
and I found the controller to be very responsive and it feels sturdy in the hand.
but I should note that the GameStick needs an External power source,
usually powered by a USB if your TV has one, or the supplied power brick.
the GameStick uses a standard Micro USB to power up,
and that makes it kinda less portable.
this is the kickstarter edition GameStick, just like the one I have
The Software and Games
I really liked the interface of the GameStick,
it is a very simple and clean UI that really fits the console,
I had no problems setting up and starting my gaming,
on the UI you can do everything like manage wallet,
you can view your games and purchaces,
by visiting to the GameStick Market (also accessible by browser),
but unfortunately this device doesn’t have the Google Play Market,
and so the user cannot access the apps outside the GameStick Market.
as for the Games there is a good but short list of games that is growing,
I have tried a handful of games and all of them played smoothly and just great,
the games are of course optimized to be played with a controller,
and so they play just as well.
its critical for GameStick to add more games to the catalog because this is what gives
them an edge over competition (Like Ouya),
which is something I’m looking forward to right now.
the GameStick is a gaming console,
its cheap but it doesn’t compete with PlayStation, Wii or Xbox in terms of games,
and the hardware (specs) while can be better but is performing well with current content.
speaking of the games I really wish I could use the games I purchased on my smartphone,
but I have to buy them from the GameStick, although they are cheap at $1-$5 each,
and I really wished for an emulator, a major downside is that I cannot Download such apps from the Play Market.
on the plus side, the GameStick is a fun device to play with
and is cheap console alternative for the younger children or the casual gamers,
and as for PlayJam I think its a good device as a first portable big screen console,
I would love to see how the GameStick evolves,
so I will continue to support PlayJam to see how far they can go with this.
for more information, or if you’d like to buy GameStick go [Here]