Finishing its Kickstarter campaign at $648,000 (648 percent of the campaign's original goal), calling PlayJam's Android-powered plug-and-play gaming console, GameStick, a success would be something of an understatement. The device is currently slated to release in April for $79.99 and, given this massive Kickstarter success, it looks like those launch goals will be met.

The concept behind GameStick is simple. Like the similar Ouya, the device plugs into your TV and provides loads of gaming goodness on the cheap and with little hassle. In the case of GameStick, we're talking about a small controller with a nifty little thumb drive build right into the console that plugs into a TV's HDMI slot. All you have to do is pop that bad boy out, plug it into your TV, and then you're ready to play.

Considering the massive Kickstarter success of both the Ouya and the GameStick, it appears that gamers are very much so ready for a simple gaming device with an open marketplace. Closing with quite a bit more than originally requested in their Kickstarter campaign, PlayJam CMO Anthony Johnson said his entire team is elated with the response their miniscule device has received.

“We are overwhelmed, excited, grateful, thrilled and everything in between,” Johnson said. “The campaign has been an incredible success with support from thousands of backers worldwide, but this is just the beginning.”

Johnson goes on to say that the feedback from the Kickstarter community “has been invaluable in shaping the final product,” and that the team will continue to seek input in order to shape the GameStick's future.

Load more information can be found on the GameStick website. If it looks like a winner, that's also where you can pre-order a GameStick of your own for $79.99 before the April worldwide launch.

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