Meet The GameStick, A Gaming Console The Size Of A USB Thumb Drive

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How does a gaming console the size of a USB thumb drive sound? Good? How about one that you can plug directly into your TV’s HDMI port (it outputs at 1080p), costs roughly as much as a limited edition of a video game ($79), and uses an open Android platform so developers can self-publish their games? Sounds pretty great, right? I agree. After the Ouya’s insanely successful Kickstarter campaign, it was only a matter of time before someone else used the platform to get their console idea out into the world. This time it’s the GameStick, a tiny gaming console that promises another revolution in the living room. It’s intriguing, that’s for sure. More after the break.

2013 is looking like it could be a great year for Android gaming. Between this, the Ouya, and the Green Throttle controller, it’s quickly becoming the platform of choice for game developers. PlayJam’s GameStick is the smallest, cheapest, and from the looks of it, simplest way to get your gaming fix. Just plug it into your TV and get to gaming. When you’re done you can insert it back into the slot on the controller, making it the most portable console, too.

PlayJam is reportedly working with over 250 developers to get their games ported to the system, which they say will support at least 200 titles when it launches in April. To get these games you’ll have to download them wirelessly through the Internet. Visually, don’t expect to see anything on the same level as what’s available on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U. Think of this as a way to play your mobile games on your TV in glorious high definition.

If you care about the insides, it’s powered by an Amlogic 8726-MX mobile processor and has 1GB of DDR3 RAM as well as 8GB of Flash storage. If you care more about the outside, check it out below.

This is an exciting time to be a gamer. The Wii U is out now, Microsoft might reveal the next Xbox at E3, Sony could join them in revealing a new PlayStation, and the Kickstarter funded Ouya is coming this Spring. Now gamers will have another option, and a cheap, (hopefully) hassle free one at that.

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