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GameStop Now Testing Its Android Gaming Tablet

By - Source: GamesIndustry | B 22 comments

Are you ready for the GameStop tablet/controller combo?

GameStop announced its intentions to become a technology company way back in April, so it's less surprising than it should be to hear that the company is planning an own tablet based on Google's Android OS. Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, GameStop president Tony Bartel revealed that the company has already chosen the tablet it will be using as its own-brand slate and it will be an Android device.

"I don't see any need to create a new one with the three hundred or so on the market already," Bartel told GamesIndustry. "We have a refurbishment center and we can bring in the product and preload certain games onto it. It's an Android device. We definitely have selected one," he added. 

Bartel went on to say that GameStop is two weeks into the testing phase of what its calling the "GameStop certified gaming platform" and that the company is excited at the prospect of launching the device. He added that there will also be benefits to the tablet hat customers won't get anywhere else.

"We looked at all the tablets and these are the ones that really worked for gaming and we're going to give you a few benefits that you're not going to get elsewhere." 

Content for the tablets will be mobile games and, eventually, full console titles with the help of GameStop-owned streaming company Spawn Labs and a specially-designed controller.

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    darkside_gamer7 , September 13, 2011 1:39 AM
    hmmmm...no
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    SmileyTPB1 , September 13, 2011 1:46 AM
    I am decidedly curious.

    ...Just about the tablet.

    ...Not anything else.
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    toxxel , September 13, 2011 2:06 AM
    Being "GameStop" after their testing phases they will repackage their new/refurbished devices and sell them as new.
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    kilo_17 , September 13, 2011 2:09 AM
    Gaming tablet?? HAHAHA, yeah right. "Gaming" and "Tablet" don't go together.
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    kilo_17 , September 13, 2011 2:11 AM
    Gaming tablet?? HAHAHA, yeah right! "Gaming" and "tablet" do not go together.
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    kilo_17 , September 13, 2011 2:12 AM
    *facepalm*.....double-posted
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    Azn Cracker , September 13, 2011 2:13 AM
    I don't know what is worse. GameStop or a "gaming" tablet?
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    JohnA , September 13, 2011 2:39 AM
    Azn CrackerI don't know what is worse. GameStop or a "gaming" tablet?


    Ummm......., Both?
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    liveonc , September 13, 2011 2:51 AM
    An unfortunate combination of two words, that might make it too easy a prey for pun... Ouch!
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    uuicked , September 13, 2011 2:56 AM
    It's funny because when this does suceed, and with cloud technology in the near future it will, all of you will be acting like you've been supporting this technology the entire time. If I understand correctly they plan to stream games to this device through wi-fi or 3/4G and basically use it as a monitor. It would be awesome to have a portable Xbox or PS3. It's great, it's a gaming laptop without the hardcore hardware and heat issues. Can't wait :) 
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 13, 2011 3:06 AM
    It usually takes a while for new technology companies to get started & accepted. So I don't expect anything good or successful to come out of this company for a while.
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    mortsmi7 , September 13, 2011 3:37 AM
    uuickedIt's funny because when this does suceed, and with cloud technology in the near future it will, all of you will be acting like you've been supporting this technology the entire time. If I understand correctly they plan to stream games to this device through wi-fi or 3/4G and basically use it as a monitor. It would be awesome to have a portable Xbox or PS3. It's great, it's a gaming laptop without the hardcore hardware and heat issues. Can't wait

    I don't care if it can play crysis at 2000 fps, I still wouldn't game on a tablet. Now if they invented a hands free tablet with a stand to hold it for me I'd be all over it. Till then I'll stick with my monitor.
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    Anonymous , September 13, 2011 3:55 AM
    @uuicked
    Nope, I won't support it regardless. Why? Said full console titles in the future. Console. That's the big no no.
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    alidan , September 13, 2011 4:37 AM
    uuickedIt's funny because when this does suceed, and with cloud technology in the near future it will, all of you will be acting like you've been supporting this technology the entire time. If I understand correctly they plan to stream games to this device through wi-fi or 3/4G and basically use it as a monitor. It would be awesome to have a portable Xbox or PS3. It's great, it's a gaming laptop without the hardcore hardware and heat issues. Can't wait


    except that technology is already a failure at even best conditions, not to mention the lag caused by wifi.

    some games work on onlive, but anything like a racing game, just cant be played, im not sure about fps, but i assume playing competitively cant be done either. now, lets also look at the size of these images, we are assuming a quality, that can be up to a meg a second, 60 a minute, and up to 3.6gb a minute.

    lets also be honest here. last time there was an article about onlive, my home pc, at dx9 with a hd5770 could put out better looking graphics, and i wasn't tied to online only and living within 50 miles of a server farm.

    i can not imagine this crap taking off... ever. i mean for it to be a viable option, information would need to travel at the speed of light (about 1ms per 185 miles) and even than, the ms would be padded far more than sub 1ms.

    for casual, this could work... i mean if you are considering a tablet for hard core gaming with no external controls, than yea.
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    CPU666d1 , September 13, 2011 4:57 AM
    It takes time for new companies to get going,but I think that I'll stay away and keep gaming on my desktop.
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    eddieroolz , September 13, 2011 7:16 AM
    Will they rip open boxes of the GameStop tablet and get rid of a feature later on?
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    dimar , September 13, 2011 12:41 PM
    If it's light and thin, has some sort of controller integrated, 11.5" screen 16:10 ratio, running Android. And powerful enough, I might be interested.
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    kin3000 , September 13, 2011 12:48 PM
    Awesome, a refurbished tablet sold as brand new with Extra Preloaded Bloatware!!!!

    Sounds so appealing... /sarcasm
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    cknobman , September 13, 2011 1:57 PM
    Anything associated with GameStop can suck it.

    GameStop have become crooks and the last thing I want is a piece of their proprietary hardware that ties me to their scheming money grubbing ways.
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    beardguy , September 13, 2011 6:09 PM
    GameStop sucks.

    PS: if you are going to attempt any sort of gaming tablet, it better have physical keys. Touchscreen is the worst input for gaming.
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