Sep 12 AT 1:17 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

GameStop certified Android gaming tablet coming soon

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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.

Via: ThisIsMyNext

Source: GamesIndustry

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  • Darkseider

    Now this is a GREAT idea. Think quad core tablet, blue tooth controller and HDMI out. With OnLive you have the makings of a low cost portable game console. Here’s hoping for a successful product.

    • heeros

      The thing that most forget about onlive is that it consumes a lot of bandwidth, it’s questionable you’ll be able to play it in a decent quality on the go. it uses about 700 KB/s on my home connection, that’s close to 85% of my DSL bandwidth. I know LTE can do it, but will you have LTE coverage where you’re going? do you have an unlimited plan? Does the open Wifi hotspot allow this amount of bandwidth to be used by a single client?
      On the other hand, I’m not sure how much the screen resolution of the client changes the bandwidth used, so on a portable device with a lower resolution it might be more feasible.

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    I wonder if they will treat the tablets like their games.

    “I’d like to purchase a tablet” Customer grabs box off of shelf. Hands box to employee.

    “Yeah, we just got these new tablets in. Did you pre-order?”

    “Umm…no, I thought you guys would have quite a few as it’s a signature product.”

    “Well, in that case I will have to check…” Employee taps taps taps his keyboard. “Your in luck, it seems like we do have one for you.” Employee takes empty box you handed them, reaches under the cabinet and pulls out a tablet and proceeds to put the tablet in the empty box. “Here you go, your brand new tablet.”

  • RonWeez

    Maybe I missed it in the article… but is this an android tablet?

    • Dustin Earley

      Yes. I added it again for emphasis.

  • inviolable

    Oh God, it’s the beginning of the end.

  • uknowme

    I think this shows promise. It all depends on how they actually handle it.

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      …by removing competitors products that compete with their own?

      http://www.slashgear.com/gamestop-removes-onlive-coupons-from-deus-ex-24174040/

      • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jes

        That’s exactly what I thought about the entire time I read this article. I’ve been disgusted with GameStop ever since hearing about that news, but now I’m just plain confused. Why add OnLive to the tablet if they were just caught boycotting it?? 0_o

        • Dustin Earley

          It’s GameStop’s own version of OnLive. Not the real OnLive, their upcoming rip-off of it.

        • Dustin Earley

          I should have wrote “…with their own upcoming version (see:rip-off) of OnLive.”

          • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

            Gotcha. Thank you for the clarification.

        • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

          Maybe different onlive services? I’ve been trying to rack my brain as to what the difference is as well. I think if I try to figure out Gamestop’s business practises I may have an aneurysm.

  • Mark

    I wouldn’t be caught dead in a GameStop store talk less buying a GameStop tablet. Bloody crooks. These guys will buy a used game from you that only came out a few days ago for less than $20 claiming it has “gone down in value”. The moment you walk out of the store, they put it on the shelf for $55 or $50. Not to mention their unorthodox practices of eliminating competition like the Deus Ex controversy.

  • SliestDragon

    Not sure I would get a Gamestop tablet. Really depends on the manufacturer, specs of the tablet, and I would wait to see if they even keep their word and provide more and more games for it…

  • BiGMERF

    This is a an iffy one for me.. But hey ya nver know

  • Officer Dibble

    If the Galaxy Tab can sell 20,000 units worldwide just imagine the amount of sales this baby will pull. Hilarious..

  • Rayshawn morris

    you guys should make Xbox mixed with Ps3 i think that will be great

  1. DarkseiderGuest 4 years ago

    Now this is a GREAT idea. Think quad core tablet, blue tooth controller and HDMI out. With OnLive you have the makings of a low cost portable game console. Here’s hoping for a successful product.

    • The thing that most forget about onlive is that it consumes a lot of bandwidth, it’s questionable you’ll be able to play it in a decent quality on the go. it uses about 700 KB/s on my home connection, that’s close to 85% of my DSL bandwidth. I know LTE can do it, but will you have LTE coverage where you’re going? do you have an unlimited plan? Does the open Wifi hotspot allow this amount of bandwidth to be used by a single client?
      On the other hand, I’m not sure how much the screen resolution of the client changes the bandwidth used, so on a portable device with a lower resolution it might be more feasible.

  2. I wonder if they will treat the tablets like their games.

    “I’d like to purchase a tablet” Customer grabs box off of shelf. Hands box to employee.

    “Yeah, we just got these new tablets in. Did you pre-order?”

    “Umm…no, I thought you guys would have quite a few as it’s a signature product.”

    “Well, in that case I will have to check…” Employee taps taps taps his keyboard. “Your in luck, it seems like we do have one for you.” Employee takes empty box you handed them, reaches under the cabinet and pulls out a tablet and proceeds to put the tablet in the empty box. “Here you go, your brand new tablet.”

  3. Maybe I missed it in the article… but is this an android tablet?

  4. Oh God, it’s the beginning of the end.

  5. I think this shows promise. It all depends on how they actually handle it.

  6. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t be caught dead in a GameStop store talk less buying a GameStop tablet. Bloody crooks. These guys will buy a used game from you that only came out a few days ago for less than $20 claiming it has “gone down in value”. The moment you walk out of the store, they put it on the shelf for $55 or $50. Not to mention their unorthodox practices of eliminating competition like the Deus Ex controversy.

  7. Not sure I would get a Gamestop tablet. Really depends on the manufacturer, specs of the tablet, and I would wait to see if they even keep their word and provide more and more games for it…

  8. This is a an iffy one for me.. But hey ya nver know

  9. Officer DibbleGuest 4 years ago

    If the Galaxy Tab can sell 20,000 units worldwide just imagine the amount of sales this baby will pull. Hilarious..

  10. Rayshawn morrisGuest 4 years ago

    you guys should make Xbox mixed with Ps3 i think that will be great