GameStick, the console whose development was backed by the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, is finally available for ordering. PlayJam, the team behind GameStick is selling the device with a price starting at $79 for the standard bundle via an Amazon-powered pre-order service. Meanwhile, the GameStick Dock retails for $24.99 and the GameStick case for $9.99.
According to Kickstarter, the pre-order service gives consumers who were not able to avail of the console through the Kickstarter campaign a chance to purchase the device prior to its retail launch, which is scheduled several months from now. The consoles bought through the pre-order service will be sent right after shipping the ones ordered by its backers in April. This, says PlayJam CMO Anthony Johnson, will let the company “maintain momentum.”
As of now, the GameStick comes in a single color, white. GameStick takes pride having modified the design of the controller based on suggestions from its backers. The suggestions involved tips on how to make the device more ergonomic.
With the help of the Kickstarter website, PlayJam was able to raise from its 5,691 backers a total of $647,658 within only 31 days. This figure represents 648% of the original amount needed to make the device into a reality. In fact, within just a little over a day of being available on Kickstarter, the device was able to raise its target fund of $100,000. This reportedly makes GameStick “one of the most successful technology Kickstarter projects.”
The specifications of the GameStick include an Amlogic 8726-MXS processor, Android Jelly Beanm 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and 8GB NAND Flash internal storage that is expandable for up to 32GB via a microSD card. Connectivity is possible through HDMI, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and LE 4.0. PlayJam is also providing a game store, which will offer downloadable content and opportunities to interact with other users of the GameStick.
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