GameStop to launch Android gaming tablet in 2012

By on September 12, 2011, 2:00 PM

GameStop has announced their intentions to launch an Android-based gaming tablet next year complete with a custom controller. The plans were made official by company president Tony Bartel in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz.

GameStop has been contemplating a gaming tablet for several months and it seems the company is making good on those plans. According to This Is My Next, GameStop has found an OEM tablet that fits their vision and has been testing the unit for about two weeks.

The tablet is said to run local gaming apps and have the ability to stream console titles using their own cloud gaming division based on the acquisition of Spawn Labs and Impulse, which was announced in April. The device itself likely wouldn’t be groundbreaking but the planned wireless controller could add a whole new dimension to tablet gaming.

“If we can work with our partners and the OEMs and they come up with a great tablet that is enabled with a great gaming experience and coupled with a Bluetooth controller, then there's no need to go out and develop our own,” Bartel told CNBC in an interview earlier this year.

GameStop captured headlines last month when the company ordered store employees to open and remove coupon codes from the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution that would allow buyers to play the game for free via cloud-based streaming service OnLive. The company defended their decision by claiming they do not promote competitive services without a formal partnership. Square Enix, the game's publisher, issued a statement on their website admitting they didn’t make GameStop aware of the coupon code and that they respect the rights of GameStop to make the final decision on the content of products they sell and to adjust them as they see fit.

There’s no price point or release date set for GameStop’s tablet, although we can expect it to launch sometime in 2012.




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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

God help us all...

Guest said:

...yes because what mobile gaming really needs is another platform.....

ikesmasher said:

What mobile gaming needs is a non gimmicky handheld, not more god damn touch screens.

Actually, thats what actually gaming needs, except without motion stuff, instead of touch screens. Well, i guess the Wii U brings touch screens into consoles too. god help us all indeed.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Another sign of the coming Apocalypse... When I heard Ozzy Osbourne singing a Bee Gees tune, I knew the end was coming. This just proves it's closer than I thought...

Cota Cota said:

"Would you like to subscribe to our Android Newsletter?"

"Would you like to check our Android game stock list?"

"Would you like to preorder that game for your Android?"

May god have mercy on our souls.

Guest said:

NOT TILL GOOGLE SORTS OUT ALL THESE BUGS!

I have to restart my phone to clear the memory AT LEAST once a day!

randomly gets hot as well,

I have a droid 2 GLOBAL, everything is up to date, and its not rooted.

I really really wish they would have ironed out every single bug before companies started mass producing phones that used this OS =(

I know apple has had allot of time to perfect their iOS but common...these phones aren't cheap, not to me at least.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

+1 Guest on instability issues, because of apparent stupid approach (i.e. letting OEMs slap whatever **** they want to on these sets).

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Archean said:

+1 Guest on instability issues, because of apparent stupid approach (i.e. letting OEMs slap whatever **** they want to on these sets).

It's not the OEMs' fault, it's just that Android is a very inefficient OS.

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