GameStop to Offer a Branded Android Tablet, Streaming Console Games

GameStop is bringing Apple’s mobile devices, the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone, to its stores and taking old devices for trade-ins. But Android users shouldn’t feel left out — GameStop is planning to roll out a branded Android tablet, too.

The games retailer is going with an existing tablet, which it says it already chosen, but it hasn’t announced which device that’ll be just yet. When it does, GameStop stores will be selling the branded tablet complete with a few choice downloads already pre-loaded, said Game Stop President Tony Bartel in an interview with GamesIndustry.

But downloading Android games isn’t the true aim of the tablet: GameStop wants to bring streaming games to their Android device, in exactly the same way that OnLive is doing. GameStop even plans to create and ship a tablet-specific controller to go with the device for players to use on console games streamed to the tablet.

Bartel didn’t say when to expect all this stuff. He says that despite OnLive’s offering of streaming games to tablets — functionality due this fall for both the iPad and some Android devices like the HTC Flyer — GameStop doesn’t think streaming to tablets is quite ready for prime time yet. But it’s on its way, apparently, so if you’ve been saving up for an Android tablet, you might want to save up for a little while longer.

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1 Comment on GameStop to Offer a Branded Android Tablet, Streaming Console Games

Rickie Nordwall

On February 17, 2012 at 5:16 am

Not really fair to compare the iPad and the Fire for reasons I mentioned before, but I do think this will put some price pressure on Apple, which is a good thing for consumers.