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Gaikai, WikiPad Creating ''World's First'' Gaming Tablet

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Gaikai will provide the streaming games for the "world's first" gaming tablet, WikiPad.

On Wednesday cloud gaming service Gaikai said that it has teamed up with WikiPad to produce the world's first gaming tablet. While it's true that most modern tablets already sport console-like gaming capabilities, this gadget will take it one step further by supporting a gamepad-like attachment. Gaikai will produce a client that will be integrated into the tablet's OS, streaming console-quality titles right to the user's fingertips.

The tablet first made its appearance back in January during CES 2012. Still in a prototype stage, it was touted as the first glasses-free 3D Android 4.0-based tablet with an attachable video game controller. Analog sticks resided on each side, and a D-pad was mounted on the left and four action buttons seated to the right. A set of speakers were embedded into the controller at the bottom and shoulder triggers at the top.

On the technical front, the tablet sported an 8-inch touchscreen capable of glasses-free 3D and 1080p playback including H.264, VC1, VOB, ISO, M2TS, and FLV. There were HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, and two cameras (front and rear) for taking pictures and conducting video calls. For storage, it came with 8 GB of on-board capacity and an SD card slot capable of adding an additional 64 GB. Wi-Fi was the connection of choice although the USB 2.0 port indicated that an optional 3G module could also be available.

"Utilizing the Android 4.0 Operating System, the WikiPad is convenient and practical enough to provide the functionality of a standard tablet but uniquely offers an immersive entertainment experience using its auto-stereoscopic, glasses-free 3D technology and patented attachable video game controller," WikiPad Inc. said back in January.

However since its debut, WikiPad has made some changes thanks to feedback provided by eager gamers. "[WikiPad] will launch its tablet with a full suite of the latest immersive entertainment features and enhanced specifications including replacing the 8.1-inch version with a premium 10.1-inch screen, ultra-light chassis, optional 3G antenna for mobile provider subscriptions and a quad core processor," the company said on Wednesday.

As for Gaikai, the cloud company won't provide a "service" similar to OnLive -- that's not what Gaikai does. Think of Gaikai as a delivery system: a gamer purchases the right to stream a specific title via the publisher or an online store, and Gaikai delivers that game on demand. What's likely to happen is WikiPad will include an integrated shop for purchasing media, Android apps and games to stream, yet these games will feature additional support for the tablet's PlayStation-like add-on controller.

"The Wikipad is one of the most exciting devices for gaming to date. The tablet was designed with the needs of gamers in mind, enhancing the mobile gaming experience with a set of controls on par with today’s consoles and PC gamepads, enabling gameplay mechanics that have been previously unavailable with just touchscreen controls," said Robert Stevenson, EVP of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at Gaikai.

The official launch date for the enhanced Wikipad has yet to be announced.

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    deicided , May 4, 2012 7:15 AM
    If it works like they state I'm excited :)  I was still hoping a 3DS would be launched with longer battery life but I'll wait for this instead.
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    chumly , May 4, 2012 7:20 AM
    I wouldn't necessarily call anything you are going to do on an android tablet "gaming." Not by modern standards anyways. Run a search for overwolf on google and watch a video. THAT is tablet gaming. This offering is just crap. I don't need a controller to fling birds. Windows 8 me already. My body is ready.
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    JOSHSKORN , May 4, 2012 7:29 AM
    But can it...will it...be able to run Crysis?
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    dreadlokz , May 4, 2012 7:32 AM
    All we needed, another rubbish portable console! I should buy an iCrap!
    Nice specs btw!
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    zippyzion , May 4, 2012 7:57 AM
    I seem to remember another gaming tablet being shown by Razor I think. That demo was running Skyrim. I'll wait for that k?
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    christarp , May 4, 2012 8:23 AM
    This already exists, it's called every tablet on the market already.
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    __-_-_-__ , May 4, 2012 8:43 AM
    there's already many x86 tablets in the market that already do it. yeah they run crysis and some run it very smoothly.
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    TheViper , May 4, 2012 10:37 AM
    Corporate philosophy for the past 5 months: "Get this thing to market BEFORE Nintendo launches the Wii U."
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    Borisblade7 , May 4, 2012 11:36 AM
    chumlyI wouldn't necessarily call anything you are going to do on an android tablet "gaming." Not by modern standards anyways. Run a search for overwolf on google and watch a video. THAT is tablet gaming. This offering is just crap. I don't need a controller to fling birds. Windows 8 me already. My body is ready.


    Clearly you are clueless, they are talking about Gaikai, which is like OnLive. The hardware only needs to be able to stream video and run high bandwidth. In fact you can run games that need hardware 10x what an xbox 360 can do on a smartphone. These services only stream the output and take your input. The actual processing is done on high end PC's.
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    billybobser , May 4, 2012 11:53 AM
    Yeah, like, good luck with that man.
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    chumly , May 4, 2012 12:28 PM
    Borisblade7Clearly you are clueless, they are talking about Gaikai, which is like OnLive. The hardware only needs to be able to stream video and run high bandwidth. In fact you can run games that need hardware 10x what an xbox 360 can do on a smartphone. These services only stream the output and take your input. The actual processing is done on high end PC's.


    I'll make sure I bring my portable FiOS with me wherever I go. On American mobile carriers this should cost you about $20 per minute after the first 10 minutes of play. Most people can't even stream 1080p in their house. Mobile broadband is a myth. I remain unconvinced. I'll take hardware over another subscription service any day, this just sounds like yet another ploy by another publisher to take my money. Do you remember playing Quake 2 online with 350-500 ping? You better start learning how to lead your targets to account for your massive latency. Real gamers don't even use wireless keyboards and mice. And real gamers DON'T play on consoles.
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    john_4 , May 4, 2012 12:40 PM
    Sad
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    cknobman , May 4, 2012 1:26 PM
    LOL how is this going to be better than playing games on a Transformer Prime with an xbox 360 controller?

    Also if it uses Tegra 3 I would consider it an instant fail since that gpu is woefully under-powered.
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    bigdog44 , May 4, 2012 3:31 PM
    chumlyI'll make sure I bring my portable FiOS with me wherever I go. On American mobile carriers this should cost you about $20 per minute after the first 10 minutes of play. Most people can't even stream 1080p in their house. Mobile broadband is a myth. I remain unconvinced. I'll take hardware over another subscription service any day, this just sounds like yet another ploy by another publisher to take my money. Do you remember playing Quake 2 online with 350-500 ping? You better start learning how to lead your targets to account for your massive latency. Real gamers don't even use wireless keyboards and mice. And real gamers DON'T play on consoles.


    I agreed with everything you stated until the last sentence. I didn't see a reference to your title of "God of Real Gaming".
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 3:39 PM
    but can it run Crysis?
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    tuffjuff , May 4, 2012 3:59 PM
    chumlyI wouldn't necessarily call anything you are going to do on an android tablet "gaming." Not by modern standards anyways. Run a search for overwolf on google and watch a video. THAT is tablet gaming. This offering is just crap. I don't need a controller to fling birds. Windows 8 me already. My body is ready.



    I have to agree. What good is "superior" gaming hardware (my iPad 2 plays games just fine, as does my Vita and my 3DS) if you have a crappier-than-your-competition software/games selection? That's the issue all Android devices face.
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    QuantiumG , May 4, 2012 4:00 PM
    Sounds like their just trying to make a strange ripoff the of JXD S7100. ICS is great, but an "attachable" controller? NO thanks, either make it part of the tablet, or forget it. Why is this so hard for companies to understand? Build the controls as PART of the tablet, and I'd buy one in a second.
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    eddieroolz , May 4, 2012 5:06 PM
    Kind of a pointless exercise, isn't it? Tablets weren't made to be a gaming machine in our traditional sense.
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    vicentiub , June 6, 2012 3:10 PM
    WikiPad 3D (www.WikiPad.com) First 3D free glasses 10.1 inch in 1080p LED multitouch screen ! i have purchased already Gadmei T883-3D first 3D free glasses world tablet who play 1080p 3D movies witout any stupid glasses and i'm very happy with also i purchase Gadmei P83 3D 1080p portable player 3D free glasses too , my next purchase will be WikiPad 3D for playing 3D 1080p Full Hd stereoscopic games !
    This mean Apple no more make any revolutionnary products from 3-4 years ! Apple use old technology 2D screens from 1936 !
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    vicentiub , June 6, 2012 3:10 PM
    WikiPad 3D (www.WikiPad.com) First 3D free glasses 10.1 inch in 1080p LED multitouch screen ! i have purchased already Gadmei T883-3D first 3D free glasses world tablet who play 1080p 3D movies witout any stupid glasses and i'm very happy with also i purchase Gadmei P83 3D 1080p portable player 3D free glasses too , my next purchase will be WikiPad 3D for playing 3D 1080p Full Hd stereoscopic games !
    This mean Apple no more make any revolutionnary products from 3-4 years ! Apple use old technology 2D screens from 1936 !
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