Console versus PC, the battle is as old as the internet itself. While consoles have been championed as the torch bearers for the video game industry over the past few decades, the rising costs of consoles and content have shifted the tides in the favor of PCs. But there is still an army of supporters for the console/TV, myself included, and I’m here to introduce a new weapon in the ongoing struggle.
It’s called the GameStick and it’s being created by PlayJam. What is the GameStick, and who is PlayJam? While not a household name yet, over the last three years PlayJam has built the largest games network on Smart TV and is currently in about 50 million homes. They are in middle of developing the GameStick, a $79 portable plug-and-play device no larger than a stack of two iPhones that will give you access to hundreds of games on any TV that supports HID. Utilizing the Android OS, this little device aims to break down the walls keeping independent developers out of the spotlight. Simply plug the GameStick into any HDMI port and enjoy access to a slew of games both humble and complex.
PlayJam projects April 2013 as their completion date but needs a little support to make the final push. On January 2nd they launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the completion of the GameStick. In under 24 hours they have already raised $65,000 of their $100,000 goal with 29 days to spare. Definitely go check it out, and if you don’t want any of the awesome perks offered to donators then just spread the word through your forums. Keep your eye out for this little bugger, because chances are by this summer you’ll know at least one person who owns one.