Oct 28 AT 3:56 PM Edgar Cervantes 16 Comments

GameStop steps into the tablet world


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?

Via: Phandroid

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Nathan

    I don’t know what to think of this

    • WarDrake

      Yeah… i’m not sure i trust gamestop to preload anything into a tablet i am buying…

  • Mark

    I wouldn’t be caught dead in a GameStop store.

  • GRAW

    I’ve had the Kongregate Arcade on my phone for a long time now, so I don’t see why I need to get what seems to be a “special” version of it. Also, those games usually only cost from $3 to $12, not much savings there. Just another way to make money for Gamestop, but a cool idea none the less.

  • Droidberg

    sorry man,but your wrong on one thing… as a long time hardcore gamer i can certainly tell you that mobile gaming is not EVEN close to the prowess that is Consoles (maybe the Wii) ..
    and if someone chose a tablet or phone for gaming instead of a ps3 or 360 then they have to most certainly not have a brain.. :)-

    • Jasonhunterx

      Have you seen PlayStation Vita? Or Tegra 3? who has no brain?

      • SuperAndroidEvo

        As good as a PlayStation Vita is it will never rival a PS3 or a Xbox360. Also a Tegra 3 is nice but it’s on a tablet or mobile phone. FACTS are that mobile gaming just SUCKS. You will NEVER get an experience on a mobile device like you would on a gaming console. You are not a gamer if you feel otherwise! Plain & simple!

    • muadhnate

      Yeah, but if you’re stuck on plane or in car, a nice 10″ tablet and a solid game would be awesome.

    • DriftwoodXD

      Ya, but you are over looking the development cycle for tablets and smartphones. Tegra 3 can put out graphics on par with a Vita, but has a yearly/bi-yearly life cycle. With that kind of development life cycle “Tegra 6 or 7″ should be in tablets about the time Sony is due to release the PSVs replacement.

      Also don’t forget the rumors that both Microsoft and Sony may lock out used games in their new consoles. That makes them much less attractive as a gaming choice.

      Lastly a true “Hard Core” gamer goes where the games are, platform be damned.

  • Jack

    That bit at the beginning about tablets over consoles for gaming purposes was sensational, unnecessary and downright incorrect…

  • DRA

    they should release an app for there store in the market place they can make more money if they did because then everyone could buy there games

  • muadhnate

    Eh. If the controller works out well, then it could do ok. But honestly until major developers get on the bandwagon and start developing games for tablets, I don’t think it’s worth it.

  • jeffb34

    I want to play Sonic CD on my tablet!

    • Gabe

      Mee Too! I havent played that game since I was 9 years old!

  • David Chamberlain Jr.

    Up until I purchased a tablet. I had planned to get a PS Vita. Now I have no plans to. I actually sold my PS3 and PSP and now only rarely play games on my computer. I’m still a gamer but now I mostly play games on my tablet. I work and have other interests and hobbies I like to pursue in my spare time. Gameloft makes some great mobile games and the quality of mobile games are becoming increasingly better as time goes on. The PS Vita sounds good but why should I carry around two devices when I can carry one that does everything? I believe that mobile gaming is only going to become more popular as time goes on. It only makes sense that GameStop should adapt. I may in the future purchase a tablet from GameStop if the price is right. Their Kongregate Arcade blows though.

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