GameStick – “world’s most portable TV Games console”, takes to Kickstarter

Wednesday, 2 January 2013 13:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PlayJam, the Smart TV platform company, has taken to Kickstarter to fund a new, portable Android games product called GameStick.

GameStick’s team, lead by Jasper Smith, along with Anthony Johnson and Luke Lam, has been in the works over the last 12 months and allows users to take their portable Smart TV games with them on the go.

“We have been developing this project for a little over a year now, and have working prototype,” said Smith on the product’s Kickstarter page. “It’s not as pretty right now as it will be, but it’s ours and it’s working.

“We’re 90% of the way to getting the final pre-production sample in our hands.”

GameStick works with any Bluetooth controller supporting HID including the Greenthrottle Games controller which is in the final design stage. It will also feature a “purpose-built game store” through which users will be able to browse and download content.

It will be powered by PlayJam’s existing Games Network for Smart TV which currently supports developers such as Relentless Software, First Star Software, and Disney.

Technical specifications are as follows:

  • Processor – Amlogic 8726-MX
  • Memory – 1GB DDR3 / 8GB FLASH
  • WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth – LE 4.0
  • O/S – Android Jelly Bean
  • Controller – Bluetooth, 4 mode controller: icade, gamepad, mouse and keyboard

The firm’s purpose is to “bring games into the living room via Smart TV,” and is currently in 50 million homes, according to its internal estimates.

In May 2012, Criterion co-founder and CTO Adam Billyard was hired on at the firm as its CTO. Billyard joined other high-profile hires such as GameStop’s Tony Bartel, Red Octane’s Charles Huang, and Chris Lee, co-founder of FreeStyleGames and Media Molecule.

With 29 days left, 22 backers have pledged $1,975 towards the $100,000 Kickstarter goal. Videos are below.