Did you know GameStop now allows you to turn in an old iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone for cash or in-store credit? But for what you ask? How about a GameStop-branded Android tablet?
In a recent interview with GamesIndustry, GameStop president Tony Bartel has revealed that GameStop has selected a tablet they plan to slap a “GameStop certified platform” sticker on and sell as their own. A GameStop-branded tablet. Technical details of the project have yet to be revealed, but some key information on the gaming aspect of the device has come out.
Bartel said that, once the tablet launches, it will come with a “modest” selection of games pre-installed. As time goes on, more games designed just for the GameStop tablet will appear. And if that isn’t enough, GameStop will also use the tablet with their own upcoming version of OnLive. By utilizing Spawn Labs’ technology, GameStop will be able to stream graphics-intensive games to their tablet. As far as controlling those more advanced streamed games go, Bartel said “it’s hard to imagine how to stream a game – let’s say Modern Warfare 3 – onto a tablet and then play it with your finger.” A controller will be bundled with the tablet to take care of this problem.
If you’re looking to get your hands on a GameStop certified tablet, it may be awhile. The tablet has only been in testing for two weeks now. Although a release date has not been given, we can’t imagine it would launch any time before Q1 2012. Of course GameStop would love to get it out in time for the the holiday season, and stranger things have happened. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more info. Until then, give us your thoughts on a GameStop tablet in the comments below.