Technology is evolving and so are games. GameStop knows that gaming has migrated out of consoles and is now very mobile. While these devices are not as powerful as consoles, they are making headway. Without a doubt, mobile gaming has gained immense popularity, even defeating the purpose gaming consoles for many.
GameStop has fulfilled our gaming needs for many years, and they are now stepping into the mobile gaming world. The popular gaming store chain has decided to start selling Android tablets, both online and in-store. GameStop states that they have chosen the tablets based on their gaming capabilities.
The available tablets will be the Acer Iconia Tab A100, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Prices will be pretty much the same as other retailers, with the tablets going for $329, $399 and $499, respectively.
In order to win customers, GameStop had to make these tablets special. Luckily, GameStop provided a reason to choose them over other retailers. These tablets come pre-loaded with GameStop’s store, which they are calling “Kongregate Arcade.” The tablets will have access to 7 free games, including Dead Space, Madden NFL and Sonic CD.
Games will also be compatible with a special controller GameStop will be selling. This controller goes for $39 and looks much like the XBOX 360 controller. This should make gaming much more intuitive and interactive.
To begin, GameStop will only have these tablets available online and at 200 retail stores. The purpose is to test how well they sell. If everything goes as expected, tablets will be shipping to other stores by 2012.
Seems like a good move from GameStop. Although gaming will always be much more complex and full with the living room console, mobile gaming has become a big part of our daily lives. Gaming stores need to adapt to the new ways. What do you guys think? Will this be a success? Would you get a tablet from GameStop? How about the controller?