GameStop’s Branded Tablet Will Use Android OS

By   /   Sep 12, 2011


One of the largest video games retailers around the globe, GameStop has revealed that it’s upcoming gaming tablet will have Android as the the operating system. GameStop president Tony Bartel told GameIndustry.biz that this gaming device will be referred as “GameStop certified gaming platform”

I don’t see any need to create a new one with the three hundred or so on the market already . We have a refurbishment centre and we can bring in the product and preload certain games onto it. It’s an Android device

He also added:

I would call it a ‘GameStop certified gaming platform.’ 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.

It’s obvious that if they want their product to sell with hundred of tablets already in the market, they will have to come up with something new. I am really curious to see “a few benefits” that would differentiate the device from the sister devices.

One thing that may draw your interest is the dedicated controller for the device. Since it’s a gaming tablet, the controller will feel more comfortable while playing games on tablet’s screen.

There’s not a lot of tablet/android based games for the consumer that are designed to use an external controller. There are a few games out there and more that are coming, but our thought is that the tablet is a great immersive gaming device so it’s hard for us to envision how that tablet will really function as such without some sort of controller

You can call it a portable console. But will it be powerful enough? It’s a big question mark. With Amazon’s gaming tablet also on it’s way, does this device from GameStop stand a chance? And more importantly, is Android a better choice for a gaming device?

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