The micro-console battle heats up as the Ouya competitor will be ship on October 29th.
The $79.99 game console on a HDMI stick is, like its competitor, an Android-powered device, so expect a bit of overlap in the content that shows up on PlayJam’s console. The base package will include the console, a Bluetooth controller, power connectors, and a quick start guide.
The hardware was the focus of a successful Kickstarter campaign, back in February, bringing in over six times the initial goal of $100,000 to be one of the crowdfunding site’s bigger success stories of 2013.
PlayJam promises that backers will receive their GameSticks first, with initial units shipping out at the end of September. The hardware was initially set to go out to backers in April, but PlayJam opted to hold it back in order to put it through additional QA prior to launch.
The question now is what kind of impact it will make with the Ouya out there, offering some rough first impressions with its controller and interface, which has seen some critics and consumers put off by the first entry in the micro-console market. Then there’s the Vita TV which might offer its own sort of disruption to this new market if and when it ever makes its way to the States.
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