Gamestop Testing The Sale Of Android Tablets In 200 Stores

Posted on Oct 28 2011 - 9:38pm by Kyle

A couple months back we reported that GameStop may be getting into the tablet computer business to push their own mobile gaming format. Today, more information has come out about this new strategy.

According to the Wall Street Journal, GameStop will be testing the sales of Android tablets made by Acer, Asus and Samsung in 200 of their stores. Each tablet will come with 7 free games including EA’s hit “Dead Space”. The tablets will also support GameStop’s new controller out of the box and be priced the same as if you had picked it up at Office Depot or Best Buy, without the free games of course.

More after the break
The controller is sold separately but gives the gamer access to cloud based games that are said to be of console quality.

TechCrunch’s resident game guy Devin Coldewey doesn’t seem to think this strategy will work. Coldewey says that the people who buy Android tablets, and not gamers. He also says that true gamers don’t shop at GameStop.

We were under the impression that GameStop would brand their own device for this game content. So far Sony is the only company that has tried to make gaming the focal point for Android devices and the response so far has been lackluster at best.  The Sony S tablet has access to the PlayStation store but from what we’ve seen no one is lining up to buy this one.

Would you buy an Android tablet from GameStop?

source: Phonearena & TechCrunch

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  • Anonymous

    I have my doubts about the cloud strategy, but to say “true gamers” don’t shop at Gamestop is missing the point. “True gamers” don’t play cloud games, either. If by “true gamers” he meant “hardcore gamers”, a few milliseconds of latency can be the difference between enjoyable and throw-the-tablet-across-the-room unplayable. Several of my friends fall into that category, and those who tried out OnLive on their PCs dismissed it after only a couple days. And tablets usually use wifi, not the wired Ethernet connection most cloud solutions are recommending so far.

    I doubt I’ll buy a tablet at Gamestop because their customer service is notoriously awful. But I could see myself signing up for a Gamestop “all you can eat for 10 bucks a month” cloud gaming plan on my own tablet, because most of the games I play don’t require sub-40ms latency to be fun.

    Network speeds are improving all the time and it’s only a matter of time before someone gets it right. I doubt that someone will be Gamestop, but their name recognition among mainstream gamers (who make up about 80% of the market) may keep them hobbling along until they do.

  • Excelsior 0

    Although the hardcore gamer might not slap down the good chunk of change for a tablet at gamestop (or a tablet at all, for that matter), the other 99% (regular consumers, not protesters) probably would if purchasing a tablet fell in line with gamestop’s trade-in business model in order to get a gamestop branded tablet geared towards the next generation of gaming. We’re talking about a gaming device that happens to run android, not an android device that is geared towards simple net browsing. Hopefully, the hardware specs are up to it to run the graphic intensive games. Throw that and being abke to trade-in a n old android phone or other slate and the may have found a niche.