The GameStick is one of many of the latest new Android-based gaming consoles to come out of the woodwork since the OUYA made it big some months ago. nVidia is also reported to be making it's own system called the Shield along with Valve's own backed brand PC that is not Android based.
As the trend grows it'll be interesting to see how the "indie console" race develops and if there will be an ultimate "winner" or if the rise of such Kickstarter projects will saturate the market for these devices.
Quote from Gamasutra:
The console can also be converted into a portable device, as the stick slots inside the Bluetooth controller and can then be used to link up to specific portable screens.
It's not necessary to use the supplied Bluetooth controller, however -- any Bluetooth controller that supports the Human Interface Device Profile (HID) will work with the GameStick, including the Greenthrottle Games controller.
A Kickstarter has been launched for the device with a $100,000 pledge target, and the console is currently in a closed beta phase of development, with a working prototype already built.
As of this news posting the campaign on Kickstarter to pre-order and support the GameStick has 23 days left to go. If you are interested in supporting this project it is a good time to check it out. This could be the starts of a whole new generation of gaming consoles and a whole new industry for us indie game developers to try their hands at making a game and self-publishing for a true game console experience.
GameStick Kickstarter Pitch Video
Developer Interview talking about GameStick
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News Sources: Gamasutra, Kickstarter