Look out Ouya, here’s another Android-powered console vying for your open-platform throne!
We’re only three days into 2013, yet already a new Android-powered, open-platform games device is the bulk of the way to getting funded via Kickstarter. GameStick was only announced yesterday, yet already it has attracted over $75,000 worth of investment, only a brief push away from its $100,000 target with around a month left to go for wannabe users to pledge.
When we witnesses the console’s announcement yesterday we were understandably a little sceptical, with the developers of the new hardware promising console-grade gaming experiences via a bluetooth gamepad and a pumped up USB chip board which you plug into the back of your SMART TV, but it seems the project’s 800 or so backers, at time of writing, have lapped it up. Those who pledge at least $79 bag themselves a console, controller, name check and founders tag.
According to our admittedly lacklustre math skills, each contributor has pledged on average $94.26, which for a project which is still in the prototype stage is actually quite staggering. To put that cost into perspective that’s not even half the price of a PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS or Xbox 360.
Last year Kickstarter was the home of another open-platform console success, Ouya, which attracted over $8,596,474 with 63,416 backers. We doubt where GameStick will attract that level of success, but it’s clear that gamers the world over are more than ready to lust over new console hardware.
Are you watching Microsoft and Sony? We bet you are.
Update: Within 24 hours the GameStick has achieved its funding goal of $100,000. Excelsior!
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