Oct 15 AT 12:53 PM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

Archos Gamepad gets hands on treatment in new video


Several months ago Archos announced their new Gamepad would be available in late October, and this week we get our first look at the device. Nicolas Charbonnier of ARMdevices.net got to spend some quality time with the device and uploaded a seven minute video to YouTube.

We originally reported that the device might sell for under $200, and Nicolas says the final retail price could be $149. The Archos Gamepad features a 7-inch 1024×600 display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPUs and Mali-400 GPU (Rockchip RK3066), 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 64GB), WiFi and mini-HDMI connectivity, and it should run Android 4.1 at launch.

What really makes this tablet unique is the automatic game recognition and mapping tools — patented technology to ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game. This allows you to manually assign physical buttons to the onscreen controls of Android games.

Overall, it looks like a pretty slick gaming device for only $149. The limited internal storage is disappointing, but at least Archos allows you to expand it with a microSD card. Check out the hands-on video below and let us know what you think. Would you consider buying the Archos Gamepad for $149?

Source: Armdevices.net

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    If the game controls and that special software works well, this would be a pretty badass device! Portable game console + full-blown tablet functionality at a very good price!

    • Darkseider

      Agreed. If it works as advertised and has good overall performance for $149 it would be a bargain.

      • R.S

        I’ve held off buying a PS Vita (not too many games that interest me) but if this works as well as it appears to, I’d buy it over the Vita.

        Though I doubt it ever would be, if it were to get PlayStation Mobile certified, I think it would sell extremely well.

        • uknowme

          Yeah I picked up the Vita last year. It’s a shame that all that technology has not been harnessed. Can’t wait to see one of these in person.

  • Mix

    The emulation is sick and for $150….I just might have to buy this.

  • GK1984

    Doesn’t the Maili GPU suck for perfomance and a lot of app compatibility? A lot of earlier Android knock-offs that were too cheap to be true used that chip, didn’t ship with Google’s app store, and people who side-loaded it were faced with a lot of app unsupported. Unless they’ve overcome this in the year or two when I saw this happening.

    • Deon Davis

      The Mali Gpu wasn’t the issue. Those earlier cheap knock off tabs use a non arm chip cpu usually mips based that caused all the incompatible issues. This new chip is arm a9 based so it should be fully compatible to most games and apps out there save for tegra 2 games. And there is a walk around for most of those as well.

      This is a very cool concept esp. as a cheap gaming device for kids and emulators. I may pick up one myself cool!!!

  • philnolan3d

    This would be perfect for playing OnLive but it seems to only have 2 shoulder buttons so a lot of games might not work.

    • NamelessTed

      Nothing is perfect for OnLive. Streaming video games is not going to be popular or “good enough” anytime soon.

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        Don’t confuse crappy OnLive with other cloud gaming services. I have tested Gaikai on Android and it is lightyears ahead of OnLive.

        • NamelessTed

          Sure, it is ahead of OnLive, but it still isn’t good enough. I have tested it on my PC and the input lag is unbearable. I can only imagine that it is the same or even worse on a mobile device.

          And then there is the issue of visual quality.

    • fahmid

      but next to the control pad there are those small black dots. they are ment to be L2 and R2

  • www.phonewbie.com

    This looks really good! And it’s inexpensive.

  • acey_zero

    Looks very nice for the price. I just want a gamepad on my phone (like the Xperia Play) though.

  • cosmos

    Looks sweet for the price, but I’m surprised a company hasn’t released a gamepad accessory for the Nexus 7!

  • irishrally

    This looks nice but the Nexus 7 with a ps3 dual shock controller is just so good. I had no idea when I got the N7 it would end up being my portable gaming beast, among many other things. My phone battery lasts ages now.

    • kazahani

      I just now realized that Dualshock 3 has bluetooth built in and therefore could be used with Android…

      *mind blown*

      • ionorov

        I don’t think that will work though… as the Dualshock has a special proprietary blue-tooth protocol that won’t let it play nice with other devices. Blame Sony for this.

        • uknowme

          It’s 100% possible. May have to root, but I use it on my Evo LTE.

  • brklynmind

    archos = junk

    Sorry, I tried too many Archos tablets only to be extremely disappointed to believe that this wont be more of the same

  • NamelessTed

    You would think it would behoove Archos to have people demoing their product that actually know what the fuck they are doing. “swim around, get some coins”. I realize it is a product demonstration, but when the sole reason for that product existing is to play games, the person showing it needs to know how to not fly straight in to every single building in Star Fox 64 if they are going to show a demo of it.

    As far as the product goes, meh. It is cheap, sure. But the controller is permanently attached. Not a big fan of that. I would much rather just have a stand and use a bluetooth controller if I were going to play games on a tablet. Of course, I don’t want to do that. And this thing isn’t small enough to put in a pocket so it isn’t a real portable device.

  • Tom Peterson

    Looks quite compelling. The price is good, too. Nintendo are fools if they still think the mobile world will have no impact on their console sales in the future.

  • zen

    the controls need to be removable. making them permanent loses the tablet functionality imho. this makes it the same as any other portable game player like a ds or ps vita, just with a larger screen. if openpandora or gameswan/neogex x ran android, would they get the same fanfare?

  • earl cameron

    if you want to see more demos go to my blog http://blog.thinkteletronics.com/?p=454

  • Daniel

    Software looks great, I want that software to work with other gamepads please!

    • TPaine79

      Firstly I want to say that this is a good device, it will appeal to on the go gamers, and the younger gamer.
      But you cannot put this in the same league as a psvita, the psvista is a handheld console, with console quality graphics, this is a tablet with a controler attached to it.
      If I had young kids 10 to 14 years old, then this would make a great christmas gift.
      It is a great idea and certainly fills a void in the tablet gaming world.
      I agree that if Nintendo, Sega, Capcom, EA and other big game developers would get behind android as Sony have done then this would be that start of the real portable gaming revolution, when will the developers realize that android is that largest platform on the planet, it should be android ports to IOS not the other way around, there is a lot of money to be made our there

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    Am i first to comment?

    • G Gree

      Not even close