Rated 7 out of 10
by hoosierdadi only worth buying if you install a custom rom
custom rom on gamestickers dot net - enables full Google Play support. I bought this for $16.99 in store, and with custom rom- its solid for XBMC, NES/SNES games, Plex, etc. It works just as well as the $40 MK802 android sticks (etc)... Without a custom rom, its completely worthless though.
Rated 2 out of 10 by TheEvilMonkie Horrible company, horrible product.
I am one of the original KS backers. Few games on the system and they are overpriced. Stuff you can get for free in Google Play cost you, and prices are at least $1 more for each game. It IS NOT A PORTABLE CONSOLE!!!! You have to have it plugged in, and if you get the dock it's even worse. The heat the unit produces can burn someone if they touched it while running. There is no way to turn it off besides just unplugging it. The KS backers paid quite a bit more than the retail price and were not even compensated for it. They have almost no communication with customers and their phones mailbox is constantly full and no one ever picks up. They have REFUSED to refund anybody and at best say that if we have all the original packing that they will find someone to buy it off us. I use a HDMI cord to hook up my phone or tablet to my tv with a bluetooth controller and I get the games cheaper or free with great responsiveness and graphics. Don't waste your money.
Rated 1 out of 10 by AngeloG Still cant get passed the setup!
I got this months ago and could not get passed the wifi screen. I would put my password and would just do nothing. I thought there was something wrong because the new box seemed like it was previously open but same results. I emailed Tech Support and they later sent me a link to update the gamestick with a usb stick. I updated and now it connected to my wifi but does not show me an activation code that has to be entered on my pc. The gamestick idea is good but you still need an ac adaptor and wire going to the gamestick. The gamestick also gets extremely hot and the 'door' for the gamestick on the controller is loose and does not fully close (on both units that I had). I still have the product and hope that there is a solution and write a better review. I also purchased the ouya and had no problems.
Rated 8 out of 10 by nomorefanboys Root it at the website and vola!
I bought this for 17 bucks and thought about taking it back. But then I realized it is android and as such can be rooted. Simply go to the company site and get a code which you input into the game stick to switch to developer mode and then Bing rooting game stick and there is a wonderful sight that walks you through installing akp to put Google play and other android apps. A little effort and you have something better than an ouya. Stock it does come with 2 free games though. Stock it is limited like the ouya. Rooted it becomes an android PC stick capable of games and multimedia bliss.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Poseidon The thing that sets it apart..
The one thing most people are overlooking, is the Ouya is kind of bulky to try and pocket, unlike the GameStick - which was designed as an Ultra-Portable gaming console. The GameStick designers (PlayJam Ltd.) have already said you can use other controllers and even smartphones / tablets if you like, instead of the controller. And, as for gaming development, an SDK is freely available on the gamestick.tv website... Too bad most everyone is too busy comparing the new consoles, or they could start to understand that they are all created differently, to covet a different feature set. GameStick, Ouya, XBox One, PS4, and even the Wii U all have different bonus features (for lack of other wording).
Rated 9 out of 10 by jagceo Great Deal for 20 bucks
Picked up a GameStick and Dock, and the setup was painless and easy thanks to the wired dock connection. I switched to wireless later, and no problems. I love the portability, even tested it in the car with a HDMI to composite video converter. Riptide, Smashcops, Repuze, Prince of Persia, and Slingshot racing are my favorites.
Rated 0 out of 10 by mathiaskingslayer great
well its not a preview reall because im using it now. I just got it today and theres a lot that is different about it then what I thought. first off its wider then I thought but they made the buttons the right size to make up for that. second its a little iffy on movement. sometimes it doesn't respond and somethimes it over responds. the only trouble ive had so far is the response from the thumbstick. I just gave up and used the d-pad on it. over all its great and a good buy. id buy it again for sure.
Rated 0 out of 10 by callofdutybestplayer ouya is better
I don't have anything against Wii players, but I would never buy one for me, and that controller is really weird and plain, does not look confortable at all, I bought my ouya on release day, and let me tell you the controller for the ouya feels awesome! That's it basically, the ouya looks more elegant, what if you loose that little USB thing, you are screwed. That's all folks , haters are going hate, ask if I care, I am happy and my ouya is happy with me too ha..... Ha.....( yes sarcastic laugh) but is true I love it..
Rated 0 out of 10 by Dall HDMI thumbdrive video game console!
The website insists it is Bluetooth compatible, so I am looking to see if my PS3 controllers work with it, even though it doesn't look like 'that' bad of a controller. I know I'd like to have this baby in my pocket if I'm going to be going to my wife's parents house for the weekend. Whether it is better or not than the OUYA, I think both have their merit and can both be bought, for cheaper than PS4, Xbox One, or a WiiU. Oh yeah, and you can freely develop for the GAMESTICK platform as well.
Rated 1 out of 10 by gurtbfrobe The worst new product experience I've ever had
I rarely write reviews of anything. Most things are subjective in that sense, but I have had such a miserable experience with Playjam's Game Stick that I almost find it my duty to warn people before making the same mistake as I. Now, a lot of people critically panned the Game Stick for it's current small library of games and it's lack of open-source Android functionality, emulation, etc. I knew all that going in, and didn't care. Just wanted a fun casual gaming experience on my bedroom TV. First off, the Game Stick was a nightmare to set up. A software update had to be downloaded, but the stick lost Wifi connection about six times in the process despite having an extremely strong signal. Next, I went to add money to my account, but it doesn't let you do that from the stick itself. You have to go do that on a home computer. So I go to add money there, and got an error message about not being able to complete the transaction. I tried 3 other credit/debit cards, still no dice. So now I have a system that I can't buy games for, and one that only offers about 2 free games as far as I can tell. I send an email to customer support, and decide to download one free game, Shadowgun, in the meantime. The game lags, and there is unbelievable latency with the included controller. I have to be sitting about three feet from the TV to get any response out of it, and even then it's a total gamble on whether or not it works effectively. Will I even be able to return this for a refund? I don't know, guess I'll find out later today. Avoid this piece of garbage like the plague.