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OUYA rival is latest Kickstarter craze

Micro-sized TV system GameStick surges past $100,000 target

An Android-based micro-console has become the newest sensation on crowd-funding site Kickstarter.

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The system, called GameStick, has reached its $100,000 Kickstarter target in a single day. At the time of going to press, the crowdfunding campaign has already surpassed $135,000.

California based PlayJam, which is building the device, says developers of all sizes will be able to publish on the Android-based system.

Measured the same size as a standard USB stick, the GameStick console is designed for portability and can even be carried within its rectangular controller's housing. The console itself is of a similar spec to various smartphones, and attaches to a TV's HDMI slot whilst connecting with controllers via Bluetooth.

GameStick's design philosophies, both in terms of hardware and operating system, tie it closely to OUYA - another open TV console built to the same spec as mobile devices.

The Kickstarter campaign for OUYA closed at $8.6 million.

More than 200 games are in development for the system, according to PlayJam.

The $79 console uses an Amlogic 8726-MX CPU and caries 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board flash storage.

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