Gamestick will be hitting general availability on October 29th. The Android-based console has been fraught with delays and production setbacks, but PlayJam, the console’s manufacturer, has confirmed that this time around Gamestick will be heading out to shelves without any further issues.
The Gamestick was scheduled to go out to Kickstarter backers back in the month of April. In a statement, PlayJam mentioned that the current round of delays were due to stringent QA checks based on feedback from early beta testers. PlayJam said that Kickstarter backers would get the device three to four weeks before it hits retail stores, and that 5,000 units were being readied to be sent out to backers. The console will hit retail shelves October 29th for $79.99 / £79.99. It will initially be available in the U.S. and the UK, with the rest of the EU and other territories getting the console sometime before the end of the holiday season.
The Gamestick is an Android-based console that connects to a TV using an HDMI dongle. The microconsole itself fits directly into the controller, making it highly portable. The console is a direct rival to the likes of Ouya, which has been available for some time now.
While the Ouya costs $20 more than the Gamestick, it does feature Nvidia’s Tegra 3, which is faster than the dual-core Cortex A9 processor used in the Gamestick. However, Ouya’s game selection isn’t as varied, as it currently has only 116 titles in its game library, with most of the games featuring a free-to-try business model. Gamestick will launch with over 200 titles, and PlayJam has mentioned that more will be added, and that titles like Vector and Shadowgun will be available on the console. For users, however, it may just come down to convenience, as the Gamestick is easier to carry around, and has a better controller.