By Jason Venter | 01-03-2013 | 3:00PM
PlayJam yesterday launched a Kickstarter project intended to secure funding for a gaming device known as the GameStick. Already, more than 1100 backers have pledged in excess of $107,584, meaning the project will be funded in four weeks unless it is for some reason canceled or a bunch of those backers change their minds.
The GameStick console is essentially a controller that communicates with a detachable USB stick that you can plug into your television. The device uses Android as its underlying operating system, according to the project description, which immediately grants it access to a substantial library.
“So far we have identified 200 titles that will be great to play on GameStick but we are working with our network of over 250 developers including great studios such as Madfinger, Hutch, Disney and others to bring you the best line-up,” the project’s team writes. “What’s really cool is that the average cost of a game on GameStick will be just a few dollars and many will be free to play.”
Though the GameStick will deservedly draw comparisons to the OUYA, another Android-based gaming device for your living room, the project page explains that the GameStick isn’t last-minute competition. PlayJam already has experience bringing games into the living room with Smart TV, having done so for the past three years.
“We have been developing this project for a little over a year now,” reads the listing. “We have a working prototype of the GameStick as demonstrated below. It’s not as pretty right now as it will be but it’s ours and it’s working. We’re 90% of the way to getting the final pre-production sample in our hands.”
The company’s production plan includes an estimated fulfillment date of April 13 for potential backers, which means the GameStick should be arriving at your door around the same time as the OUYA. The two devices will immediately be in direct competition with one another, and the GameStick may have the advantage because the price of entry was initially $69 instead of $99. That early bird offering sold out quickly and now the cheapest option if you want hardware is the $79 bundle, but that still gets you in the door for less than you’ll have to pay to hop on the OUYA train.
You can find additional videos and information on the Kickstarter page if you’re interested in signing on as a potential backer. From the look of things, you’ll be in good company if you do. The living room is about to get a tiny bit more crowded, and that could be very big news.