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GameStick to launch globally on October 29

GameStick to launch globally on October 29

Thu 12 Sep 2013 1:54pm GMT / 9:54am EDT / 6:54am PDT
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Microconsole priced at $79.99 / 79.99 and sold through GameStop, Amazon, GAME

Microconsole GameStick is to launch globally on October 29, priced at $79.99 in the US and 79.99 in the UK.

Parent company PlayJam has partnered with GameStop, Amazon and GAME to sell the device, which allows users to play Android-powered games on their TVs.

"While to myself and the team at PlayJam the journey seems longer, we have in fact come a significant way in a very short period of time with GameStick," said Jasper Smith, CEO of PlayJam.

"The challenge of bringing affordable gaming to the big screen has always sat at the heart of everything we do and GameStick represents a huge step forward in reaching that goal. We're extremely proud of what we have achieved and look forward to families getting their hands on devices in the run up to Christmas."

Those that backed the system on Kickstarter will receive the GameStick later this month. A recent interview with PlayJam's CCO Charles Tigges can be read here.

5 Comments

Christian Keichel
Journalist

577 790 1.4
Microconsole GameStick is to launch globally on October 29, priced at $79.99 in the US and 79.99 in the UK.
The Ouya is $99/99 GBP/119.99, this means the Gamestick will also cost much more in europe, then in the states. It's not unusual, that devices cost the same ammount in Euro, that they cost in Dollar, even if the Euro is stronger then the Dollar (the exception from the rule is the 3DS, which is priced 159.99 and $179.99). But it's quite unusual for devices to cost more Euro, then Dollar. This will make it more difficult to sell these consoles in europe, they are much to expensive over here.
This surprises me even more, as PlayJam is a UK based company.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 12th September 2013 3:20pm

Posted:10 months ago

#1

Jim Wood
Support Analyst

4 1 0.3
Robbing sods, $79.99 = 50.56, let's add 20% VAT for a laugh (10.11) = 60.67 so it's 25% overpriced.
Sorry Gamestick that's another rip off too far for me.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Wood on 12th September 2013 4:13pm

Posted:10 months ago

#2

James Ingrams
Writer

215 84 0.4
Presumably you'll need add-on's or an Android phone to actually download the games into the console in some way!

Posted:10 months ago

#3

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,137 914 0.8
Well, it should and will be cheaper than Ouya as the hardware is designed to be so. Anyway, a lot competition in this area and new micro-consoles from even bigger players are appearing including our surprise candidate, Sony.

@James

Why wouldn't you use just the console's WiFi and an Internet connection?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 12th September 2013 11:11pm

Posted:10 months ago

#4

Sasha Yelesin
Student

53 33 0.6
I'm still not sold on these microconsoles. OUYA seems to have dropped off the face of the Earth and all of a sudden a new competitor shows up? What makes Gamestick better than OUYA or any old Android phone that would make someone drop $80 on yet another console? Just hooking it up to the TV can't be the only selling point.

Posted:10 months ago

#5

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