GameStick finally gets global launch date

Leo McCloskey September 12, 2013 - 6:58 pm

PlayJam confirms global release on October 29; GameStop, Amazon and GAME announced as parters for highly portable Android console at launch.

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Bursting at the seams in anticipation of the next generation of consoles? Wish there was some way you could get your hands on the newest round of hardware before November? Wish you could blow £80 of your hard-earned moolah right before investing significant amounts of cash in a PS4 or Xbox One? Love spending money on 29th October? Really enjoy reading protracted opening stanzas? Great! GameStick’s out on October 29th.

After delay and further delay, PlayJam has finally confirmed that its portable Android flash drive jobby will be available at retail next month – with partnerships with UK retailer GAME, US games-mongers GameStop and internet uber-vendor Amazon stocking the tidy-looking piece of kit at launch. Additional retailers are expected to receive stock throughout the holiday season.

Of course, GameStick was originally slated for a June release before being pushed back to allow backers more time to deliver feedback on the user interface. That delay was set at around a month before further snafus postponed the launch again. All the while Kickstarter backers had been promised their new device ahead of time – true to its word, PlayJam is set to ship those units “at the end of the month.” This month, PlayJam, yeah?

GameStick’s campaign ran on Kickstarter for a month from January 2nd and routed its target by over six times the original goal – eventually settling at nearly $650,000 versus its initial $100,000 bid. While it’s easy to take the mickey over repeated delays, it can’t be a bad thing that the developers have taken due time to mitigate for any prospective awkwardness before launch – rather than chuck a drunken monkey out into the zoo. So fair play.

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