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GameStick to disrupt connected TV gaming

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A new device has been unveiled that is said to offer the "most affordable route to playing games on your TV".

PlayJam, the company that offers social and casual games on Smart TV platforms, has today launched a Kickstarter for the GameStick.

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The firm hopes to raise $100,000 from pledges to put the $79 device into production and start selling it to the public this spring.

PlayJam feels that traditional games consoles are too big and expensive, and so it has created the GameStick as a device that can be easily carried and used to play games on most HD televisions.

GameStick looks like a USB stick and plugs directly into a TV's HDMI slot. It can then connect with a specially-designed Bluetooth controller.

The controller and stick have been designed to combine into a single unit for easy transportation, although the GameStick also supports other Bluetooth controllers for multiplayer games.

"We wanted to create a games console that helped further our overriding mission to bring affordable gaming to the big screen," Jasper Smith, the chief executive of PlayJam, said.

"Not only that, we wanted to push the boundaries of what has been achieved up to now by packing sufficient power into the most portable of devices, enabling users to carry that experience with them wherever they go."

GameStick will feature a purpose-built game store through which users can browse and download content.

PlayJam hopes to work with all Android developers looking to get games onto the TV screen. It has already signed up a range of content partners, including Relentless Software, First Star Software and Disney

GameStick


Games to be offered on GameStick include Shadowgun and Dead Trigger from MadFinger; Quiz Climber and Blue Toad Murder Files from Relentless; Boulder Dash XL from First Star; and SmashCops from Hutch.

"To date, the most accessible route to TV gaming for the consumer has been the traditional games console - this is changing," Smith said.

"GameStick gives the thousands of Android developers out there an additional route to bring an affordable big-screen gaming experience direct to their fans.

"What´s more, we wanted to do this via a unique, highly portable device that will enable pure social gaming - by that we mean people sharing great experiences in the same room!"

Smith said that the GameStick is currently in closed beta phase of development using a working prototype that runs PlayJam's own games operating system.

The next stage will be the final design stage and then live testing of both the controller and the games.

"We are fortunate to have been able to utilise our existing technology to get us to this point and have preferred manufacturers in place and an existing developer network ready to go," he said.

"However, to get this project over the line and into full production, we need the support of the backers on Kickstarter."

GameStick currently has 135 backers who have pledged $10,955 of the $100,000 target with 29 days to go in the funding drive.

PlayJam hopes to get the device into pre-production in February/March 2013, and then deliver the first units to customers in April.

Watch a video on the GameStick below:

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