GameStick, an Android-based console similar to the recently-launched Ouya, will be available at GameStop on October 29 for $79.99.
As the name implies, the console is housed in an HDMI device that looks much like a USB memory drive, and it includes a BlueTooth controller. The emphasis is on portability, as the controller and console can fit into one small package for easy transport. Like Ouya, it plays Android games that have been adapted to work on the console, and the company says it is actively courting indie developers to bring their games over.
Kickstarter backers will receive their consoles by the end of this month at the latest, reports Polygon. The shipments started in late August, after a successful Kickstarter campaign in January. The official site lists roughly 50 games so far.
"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," CEO Jasper Smith said in the announcement. "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."