hey guys! just decided to back this thing! I've been watching it for a while and I'm loving what I see! Can't wait to see what color wins for the fourth color! I got the $115 pledge and added $20 for the dock! (that's how it works right?)
@Justin but you can't use your tablet or phone as a controller either.
This will be sharing space with the PS3 as well, I'm okay with a dedicated controller, I know we won't see PS3 controllers using 4.0, but PS4 may bring 4.0 controllers.
In regards to the offset. I'm wondering just how many games on GameStick will require you to use both analogue sticks at once. I'm thinking more the left stick and the buttons, as such, the offset makes more sense to me as they are in a naturally more comfortable position on the controller. I think it has something to do with the centre of gravity with the controllers on how the positioning of the sticks is best suited.
That's just my thinking, anyways. I don't care much either way. I use xbox at home for a lot of forza, and PS3 remotes on my Nexus 7.
I've been lurking this kickstarter for about a week. Watched the videos, read the comments and finally just dove in with my pledge. I am so looking forward to this. Handheld are great, consoles are awesome but a portable console - stupendously AWESOME!
I'll often bring over my own controller if I have one and it's necessary. I don't think any of my friends own four (or even three) PS3 controllers, and so a couple of us always have to bring over a controller when we want to play four-player games such as Gauntlet.
The lack of acceptance of standard Bluetooth game controllers has always irritated me; they should be as standard as mice and keyboards are. That may well come now that people are gaming more on Android devices and the ability to send your Android device's output to an external display is becoming more common. I'd hate to have yet another device that doesn't support this.
As for the new design, I'm not that keen on the asymmetric joystick placement. (Does everyone but me have asymmetrical hands?) And it's too bad there's no way to get a pair of analogue buttons/levers on the front. But other than that, it looks great. Using the Xbox button layout is definitely the right idea.
I don't accept that response. People who play video games on a device typically don't bring their own controller. If I go over to a friends how to play their Wii/360/PS3 I don't bring my own controller.
But lets say there are people who do. Who's going to randomly have a BT 4.0 controller laying around so they can play other peoples Gamestick?
The fact it, this project is spinning around in circles. It needs to be cleaned up and refocused properly.
@Justin This is a future proofing step, but for those of us not on the bleeding edge, we can still plug into a hdmi port on a TV, power it with a wall adapter, and get gaming, no docks required. Just because your friend doesn't have a GameStick controller, won't mean they can't join the fun.
Through miracast, GameStick would be raising the bar even further than it already has.
Hope to see you on the leaderboards this summer.
Cont; as an independent adapter from the dock of course.
I really like where the system is going so far; however, i would love to see a way to (possibly via an adapter) that can transmit the video of the gamestick to non-miracast capable tvs and monitors. Granted, this isn't much of an issue for myself (i can just plug the gamestick into the back of my computer monitor and play), just a thought ;)
Pleased to see you guys innovating and iterating on your product. I think some of the ideas behind the wireless charging + dock + streaming games to TVs are a little ambitious. Focus on delivering an extremely high quality and durable product, adding lots of functionality also introduces more potential points of failure (frustration).
Eagerly anticipating my unit!
So....if you plan to eventually do everything from the controller then what would be the point of supporting 3rd party controllers? It seems the more you innovate this (read as change it) the more you kick out earlier ideals. I'm thinking you should of had a better foundation when starting the kickstarter. You seem to be throwing darts as you move along.
You've gone from a simple two piece setup to some fully blown console setup and now you're bouncing the storage to all three devices? Make up your mind ;p
@GameStick Grand Slam!
1) Are the analog sticks "clickable"?
2) Have analog triggers been considered?
i really like this update. I think the GameStick don't need to be so retro. Need to be confort to play. I only miss 4 shouders buttons(L1 L2 R1 R2, LB LT RB RT or L R Zl Zr) But I think this "extra" buttons make the GameStick bigger, so never mind. I really the P,L,A,Y buttons... But all this thing are details. The more important is my GameStick arrive here in BRAZIL :-D.
This may seem like a stupid question but I assume the new design has modified the carry case as well?
This is a great update guys. I look forward to seeing the forbidden renders! :)
I do like the new design but I think I prefer the original,it was more retro and compact.
However I still really want this product
@Paul: I like retro too... the old nes controller is absolutely superb... but when playing games for a long stretch it will be more comfort (at least for me) if the controller is well designed and if there is a nice grip to it.... Just have my 'concerns' that the controller won't become too big. The original is a handy device to carry arround in your pocket from one place to another, if it will get to big this will compromise the transportability... ;)
@tim... puzzle style games rock :)
p.s. I know a great idea for the gamestick it self.. I work a lot with dlp projectors and wireless presenting is on everbody's mind t my work. Now you have hdmi and android into one stick. If it's possible to make an app to stream directly from an apple device (ipad/ iphone) or an android device (samsung note or an htc one x) and mirror the screen to this stick this will be absolutly unique and the education sector, but also the corporate sector will want this I think. Now you only have the apple tv for mac :( It's a little off topic, because this hasn't anything to do with the controller, sorry ;)
I like al the possibilities... this could be a real gem....
@jasper/gamestick team: any more info on the software it's running (for example xbmc support like the ouya) would also be appriciated.... :)
Great new design! Love it, can't wait to get my hands on it
I love the new design. The previous "squared" design was a bit of a question mark for me, but I thought that it would work as well as an old NES controller.
@Paul - While I was okay with the original "old-school" design, I'm very excited over this new design. There is a reason that the big boys changed the controller designs - ergonomics and usability. I much prefer the Xbox controller for gaming sessions over the Wii remote used as an NES-like controller. It's also why I only play puzzle-style games on my DS. I can play using the Xbox 360 controller for hours (when real life allows).
And word on supporting HDMI in and HDMI out. That way the stick can sit between an existing HDMI to act as an Android HDMI coupler with benefits.
That would allow you put a Android overlay on top of an xbox game, or on top of your existing dvd player. When the game stick detected an idle state you could display a 3d live wallpaper.
The game stick could act as a capture device.
There are a lot of possibilities with this.
This is great! I'm a developer backer and can't wait to make awesome games for GameStick!
Changes all look very positive!
I'd still prefer a "playstation" style analogue stick layout, rather than the xbox style - i.e. with the d- top left in a horizontal line with the buttons rather than have the analogue sticks offset, but I guess that's a personal preference thing.
Miracast support would be perfect! Does the dock act as a Miracast adapter or anything for TVs without?
I like the redesign.
Paul, if you don't like it; withdraw your pledge. There's still time.
I would have preferred the original design.
Apple doesn't design products that are super form-fitting or have rubber buttons or whatever... they design products that are gorgeous, and that makes them desirable. The more this becomes like an Xbox or PS controller, the less I want it. The original NES controller is simple and iconic--so much so you see T-shirts with the design. You'll never see that with an Xbox controller. There's a lesson to be learned.
Anyway, what I backed was what I saw in the original design. Please don't stray far from what we were shown to garner that original support. Simple is good, if done well.
Great new design.... :)
P.s. I'm also interested in the micro SD card slot in the stick (e.g. to save the game state does it record the progress onto the micro sd card?)... And with the new design does it still go into your trouser pocket ;) since transportability of this device was of my main reason I 'bought' it... hihi...
keep up to good work and nice to read the progresses...
You guys are amazing! So stoked for the final product! :)
Way to go guys, can't wait to get my hands on this :)
I, for one, welcome our new gaming overlords...