Since I haunt Kickstarter looking for the next big gaming project, I saw GameStick in its early hours and decided not to post about it. It's essentially a USB flash drive with a small controller that runs Android, planned to allow access to the full Android gaming library. It's a flash stick OUYA, and consider that the hype around the OUYA evolved into a sort of controversy, I didn't want to be the one to contribute to it.
Every other media outlet out there did, however, and now it's not just Kickstarter project but also a product scheduled for release. The GameStick has surpassed its $100,000 goal, currently standing at $150,000 with 27 days left. $79 will net you a GameStick of your own,when the product is finally released. Of course, there are other tiers of investment as well if the concept sounds particularly aluring to you.
A library of Android games easily set up to play on a large screen TV is certainly an exciting idea, or at least it would be if I played more mobile games. That makes me wonder just who are the folk investing in these small devices? Are the GameStick investors the same folk who invested in the OUYA, and are they disappointed they didn't wait now that the GameStick is here?
The GameStick is coming, with a planned release window in April. That seems a bit early, but perhaps they're farther along in the manufacturing process than is readily apparent. The team is working with developers to get great Android games on the device, targeting specific games they think would transition well to the big screen. It's good to be an Android developer right now, I'd say.