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Gamestop Introducing Branded Android Tablet Next Year?

Color me surprised, because the largest retailer of video games in the nation is involved with talks that they will be launching their own brand of Android tablet sometime during the next year. Gamestop president Tony Bartel explained today that they are currently testing the sale and distribution of a currently unspecified Android tablet that will come paired with a controller peripheral of some sort.

The goal of the device is apparently to stream full retail releases while still supporting mobile apps and other things. Bartel even said that there would be titles made specifically for the tablet.

All of this is very very interesting, but not far off after seeing that Kal-El processors are going to be here very soon. The problem is, who wants to carry around a tablet AND a controller to play Modern Warfare 3? It seems unwieldy to try and play a large game like that on a small screen. I can’t even read a book at the right angle on a tablet, how am I gonna pwn some n00bz? What do you guys think of this announcement?

Via: Joystiq

  • Anonymous

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.goldstone Jeremy Goldstone

    Gamestop’s been paying attention to the e-reader market. One of these days, the consoles are going to go to straight download, cutting Gamestop out of the market completely. Gonna need to have some kind of their own delivery mechanism to survive after that.

  • Bill Jenkins

    This is good news. I might actually buy this if its not too expensive and offers the same if not more features then the other tablets. including honeycombb or better. Because now that gamestop will be making tablets maybe console game developers like Rockstar and EA Sports and some of the other popular ones will start making android games like Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, a much better quality version of Madden then whats on android now, need for speed, and a baseball game. And w/e else is popular. As long as it has touch screen controls for those who dont want to use the wireless controller.

  • Brendan

    yep they were talking about this earlier in the year this tablet is supposed to be going along with its own game streaming service like onlive or gaikai

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    The rumor is that it’s going to have it’s own integrated gamepad. Which could be interesting. I may be interested if it does. Root+Gamepad+Emulators = happiness.

    So glad my only tablet investment so far is a Nook Color on Cyanogenmod. (although it’s got a hairline crack in it…)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jkananian Jack Hd Kananian

    Why GameStop is still in business with the likes of Amazon and other stores that beat in in just about every way being around is the most mind-blowing thing to me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jkananian Jack Hd Kananian

    Why GameStop is still in business with the likes of Amazon and other stores that beat in in just about every way being around is the most mind-blowing thing to me…

    • Anonymous

      Because they are the top of the video game retailer market, perhaps?

  • Anonymous

    Damn…was gonna send this news piece in, but didn’t think it was news worthy enough as there is no name, release date, price point, how powerful the new tablet will be, etc.
    But hell, guess it’s still news worthy to some degree.

    I doubt I’d buy that though.

  • Keith Sumner

    I’m an avid gamer, game collector, retro and modern gaming enthusiast with a massive collection of domestic and import games and gaming related merchandise, collectibles, and accessories. It’s safe to say that less than 0.25% of it came from Gamestop. Gamestop sucks in every way, and this is coming from a gamer!

    • Anonymous

      And that’s JUST your blasted opinion.

      I’ve been a gamer since the age of 3 and have bought video games from several gaming outlets, but mostly from EB(Electronics Boutique…when they still had that name), then finally from GameStop when they EB merged with them, eventually.

      I’ve been going to my local GameStop for many years, since a bit after 2000, and I have to 100% disagree with you there. The staff at my GameStop are extremely friendly(in most cases), very knowledgeable and know what the hell they’re doing.

      So you might have had a bad experience, but I sure in hell have not, so yeah, I disagree. GameStop FTW and 4 Life.

      • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

        And thats JUST your blasted opinion.

        GAMESTOP SUCKS ASS!

        • Anonymous

          That’s just YOUR blasted opinion. We can do this all day if ya want. lol

          But seriously, GameStop is not as bad as you people are making ‘em out to be.

          I’ve been to many GameStops, as well, and sure, some are not so great, but the majority are pretty damn respectful, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly.

          I’ve stuck around at a few GameStops(like when I stop at one on the way home from work) for awhile just talking about video games with the employees when it’s sorta slow.

          So yeah, everyone has bad experiences with everything in life, but just because one thing is bad doesn’t mean the same thing is also bad. Get over it.

          • Anonymous

            I would rather buy a game from the side of the road then Gamestop maybe yours is the one good store but the ones by me suck ass.

          • Bill Jenkins

            make that 2 good stores? actually 6 good stores. Because I’ve been to 5 gamestops in my area and never had a single problem with anything about the store. so like he said “thats just your blasted opinion”. and theres really no reason to continue this. You are just unlucky to live near a bad gamestop. I suggest moving if its that big of a deal.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah gamestop isnt a must have so ill stay where im at.

      • Anonymous

        Gamestop is not bad it offers the wide veritety of used games and any gamer out there has bout a used game atleast once. I would buy most of my games there othere than the fact that I get a gift card every time I get a new game at Best Buy atleast 10-20 dollars not bad after dropping close to 70. So with that said gamestop is great for all things used but I like the best buy reward program a little too much. As for this tablet if I can throw gears or mw3 on there and battle my xbox live buddies I think I know my next tablet.

    • Anonymous

      woow i’m still astonished ,I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use BidsBug.com

  • Anonymous

    So it should be cheap and plasticy and already used when you buy it new.

    • Bill Jenkins

      nope. It should be new when you buy it new. and the same as every other tablet but with different features. Maybe you are thinking of a different tablet. I;m sure you are because everything found at gamestop is the same quality as every other game store in the country. Except the used games that are all marked “used”.

  • Jason Purp

    If you buy it and sell it back a week later, you’ll get 90% less than what you paid for it.

  • kep

    I don’t think it’s for everyone, but I don’t think it’s a bad idea if it gets enough support.  I could see some people using touchscreen only type games will traveling but at home they could also see attaching the tablet to a TV/Monitor via HDMI and then pulling out the associated controller to play other types of games.   I’d probably at least consider it if I didn’t already have a galaxy tab 10.1 already and the specs were good.

  • Mike Sutherland

    I hate shopping at Gamestop.

    • http://twitter.com/EricRees Eric Rees

      I used to work there, but I feel your pain. A lot of guys who work there are not helpful/friendly by any means.

      • Anonymous

        That’s just one of many GameStops. Just because one GameStop doesn’t have any helpful/friendly employees doesn’t exactly mean ALL GameStops are that way. I mean, come on.

        • http://www.facebook.com/borgey401 Andrew Borges

          what’s with you and Gamestop? Get over it nobody likes them kid.

          • Anonymous

            Nobody = you and a handful of others.

            Not everyone has the same opinion as you just like not everyone has the same opinion as I, but the majority of the world shops at GameStop, which is obviously why they are still in business. I honestly have never once REALLY had a bad experience at any GameStop before where it would completely change my mind/opinion/overall view about them.

            They must have really screwed you guys over to make you never want to shop at any of ‘em again.

            Also, Andrew, I’m 29, don’t call me a kid…kid.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve been to Gamestops all over the US and I can’t recall once when I had an enjoyable experience. Even if I ended up buying a game, it was likely overshadowed by the obnoxious presence of the employees and their awful tactics and products that they attempt to add on to every purchase.

          • Bill Jenkins

            Really? you have been to every gamestop in the country? Thats weird and kinda sad. Well every employee in every gamestop I’ve ever been to are always friendly and very helpful. Maybe its you thats not friendly. and just an idiot that doesn’t know what questions to ask to make the employee more helpful?

          • Anonymous

            Wow. Did I say I’ve
            been to every game stop? Not quite. Weird and sad? If playing in a band that
            affords one to tour various parts of the country is weird and sad, so be it.
            (It’s nice to have some sort of portable gaming system while you’re out for the
            long drives, stuck in a van with smelly dudes.) You are in the minority here
            buddy.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Make it stop.