PlayJam's GameStick Android-powered portable game console happens to be one of the rather popular devices in this new category of Android gaming. Having had a successful Kickstarter campaign, plenty of positive feedback from the community and a redesign of the unit itself, it has come a long way from being just a concept. While the device was slated to launch this Summer, close to when Ouya would officially be released as well, PlayJam has announced that the unit's launch has been delayed by a short bit.
The reason for the delay is simply due to the fact that the user interface for GameStick is taking longer to develop than originally planned. This is mainly due to the fact that the development hardware for the device is slightly different than the actual production unit's hardware so the user interface for the product model requires a slightly different layout and programming.
The good news is the delay isn't a long one. PlayJam expects to have the units ready to go by the middle of August. You can check out the official statement either on their Kickstarter page or below.
It has taken a while longer to prepare the review UI than we had hoped. This is in part because the DEV version of the hardware this will be delivered on is slightly different from the production hardware. This has required a duplication of effort that we have had to balance with ensuring that work on the final units maintained momentum.
As a result we have not yet had the feedback that we wanted prior to finalizing the UI and going ahead with mass production. In the spirit of Kickstarter it would be disingenuous of us to cut out this process and not give those backers the opportunity to comment on and help perfect the UI prior to completion.
We have therefore taken the decision to push back the whole project by one month to ensure we can fit this process in. We appreciate that this will frustrate backers keen to get their hands on their device but we did not feel it was fair to bypass this step as it was a key pledge and the feedback will be really welcome.
We now expect to ship product from China during early August and expect it to be with you by the middle of the month, prior to units launching in retail. - PlayJam's statement on Kickstarter
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