ARCHOS just announced the GamePad, which is supposed to be quite similar to the Xperia Play (or even the PlayStation Vita) and WikiPad. You can essentially look at this device as a tablet with gaming controls. I’m not so sure if it’ll be very popular with the PlayStation Vita only selling around 1 million units after excluding PSP sales. Some things you’ll notice is the physical control buttons along with an analog stick. the GamePad is going to feature a 7 inch display (so it’ll be around as large as your Nexus 7), a 1.5GHz dual core processor, a Mali 400mp quad core GPU, and will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. What I find the most interesting is that this GamePad is going to be featuring some patented technology that will allow for automatic game recognition and mapping tools that will ensure the user compatibility with all advanced Android games. It might be a pretty nice device, but I’m not going to hold my breath for it.
While Archos didn’t show a price for the device, they did say it would be released at the end of October for less than 150 euros which equals out to around $199. It isn’t a bad price at all, actually. Here’s some of the details you need to know before they release it:
The GamePad features a 7-inch, capacitive screen, physical control buttons and analog sticks. This Google certified tablet has full access to Google PlayTM for the tens of thousands of games available, runs a dual-core processor @ 1.5 GHz combined with a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU. In addition, the GamePad includes automatic game recognition and mapping tools – patented technology to ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game
Until now, tablets provided gamers with touch controls that lacked response and compatibility for their advanced games, providing a disappointing gaming experience. As one of the main tablet uses, there is a strong need for a tablet that does more for gaming. Thanks to the complete touch and physical controls of the ARCHOS GamePad, Gamers can enhance their experience starting at the end of October 2012 for less than 150€.
“When Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, was first released they included game controller support within the framework and that is when we decided to build the GamePad,” says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO.
“Thanks to the mapping and automatic game recognition systems included on the GamePad, we already have over a thousand android games compatible with the ARCHOS GamePad’s physical controls, including back catalog titles that originally didn’t include physical controls,” continued Crohas.
Is anyone looking forward to getting themselves an Archos GamePad? I’m not entirely sure about it, and I’m actually not so sure I really like Archos’ products all that much compared to the likes of Sony. While this new patented technology is pretty cool, I think I would be leaning more towards a PlayStation Vita as the two devices seem pretty comparable (aside from the Vita not being build on Android systems).
Any thoughts on the device?
source: Talk Android