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PlayJam reveals final GameStick design based on Kickstarter feedback

Kickstarter isn’t just for crowdfunding. The website also provides an ample platform for crowdsourcing decisions about a project.

That’s what developer PlayJam did with its Android-based GameStick microconsole. It has little more than 60 hours left to gain additional funds on top of the $517,000 it already raised. To drum up excitement in the final hours, the designers of the thumb-drive-sized game console revealed the product’s final design. A lot of the changes came from backer suggestions.

“The Kickstarter campaign has been a roller coaster of a ride and one which has given us more feedback than we could ever have possibly imagined,” PlayJam chief marketing officer Anthony Johnson said in a statement. “We have been able to take that input and literally better shape our product to give our backers a truly bespoke creation — one which has been designed by the Kickstarter community that backed it.”

Here’s what’s different:

  • GameStick’s controller now has slightly extended grips and a tapered shape for better ergonomics.
  • The HDMI stick now nests into the top of the controller rather than the bottom.
  • The stick now has a slot for a microSD card.
  • GameStick now has a dock with support for peripherals (keyboards, mice, microphones, and camera) and the ability to charge the controller.

“The GameStick Dock is a prime example of how we have moved rapidly to innovate while still in the preproduction phase,” said Johnson. “It has made for a ‘hairy’ 30 days, but we think the results are worth it, and we are delighted that we have been able to tailor the product as much as we have in such a short time frame.”


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