Kickstarter Success GameStick Delays Shipping Until August

gamestickProduction problems have forced delays in delivery of the GameStick to backers of their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.

The GameStick is a highly portable Android-powered gaming system that raised just short of $650,000 from over 5,500 backers after receiving press mentions from TNW, Engadget, VentureBeat and many more. The entire console is packed into a small thumbstick-sized package with an HDMI connector on the end, and the console itself plugs into the portable controller for transport. It’s essentially a pocket console.

Estimated delivery date was for March of 2013, but that came and passed to no avail. Now the GameStick team has posted an update for backers detailing a revised shipping schedule…

The Designed By Me units have been late to go out because 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 1 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.


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