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Android-Powered Archos GamePad Looks Incredibly Awesome, For an Archos Device

Today, device maker Archos has announced their newest upcoming product, the GamePad. The GamePad, which features a 7″ display, physical control buttons and analog sticks, may just be the greatest Android gaming device to hit the market. With access to Google Play, users can finally play all of those first-person shooters with ease and no more onscreen controls. 

Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a quad-core GPU and Ice Cream Sandwich, the GamePad includes automatic game recognition and mapping tools, so no worries on having to set up specific button layouts. The Archos GamePad will hit Euro markets at the end of October for the price 150€. No word on an American launch yet.

So, is this the future of Android gaming?

ARCHOS combines physical gaming controls with a full Android-powered tablet to create the GamePad

Denver, CO – August 29, 2012 – ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, is proud to announce their first gaming tablet. This new type of tablet, the GamePad, combines gaming controls with AndroidTM for a full tablet and gaming experience in one. Gamers will not only have access to all their favorite games, they will also have access to email, Internet, apps and more through one device.

The GamePad features a 7-inch, capacitive screen, physical control buttons and analog sticks. This Google certified tablet has full access to Google PlayTM for the tens of thousands of games available, runs a dual-core processor @ 1.5 GHz combined with a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU. In addition, the GamePad includes automatic game recognition and mapping tools – patented technology to ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game.

Until now, tablets provided gamers with touch controls that lacked response and compatibility for their advanced games, providing a disappointing gaming experience. As one of the main tablet uses, there is a strong need for a tablet that does more for gaming. Thanks to the complete touch and physical controls of the ARCHOS GamePad, Gamers can enhance their experience starting at the end of October 2012 for less than 150€.

“When Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, was first released they included game controller support within the framework and that is when we decided to build the GamePad,” says Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO.

Some leading game developers have already embraced the physical controller support that was introduced with ICS rendering their apps compatible with the physical controls of the GamePad or with game controllers plugged into tablets or phones.

However many games originally did not include physical control mapping, which is why ARCHOS developed their mapping and game recognition tool; a patented technology that allows any virtual controls to be mapped the GamePad’s physical control buttons.

“Thanks to the mapping and automatic game recognition systems included on the GamePad, we already have over a thousand android games compatible with the ARCHOS GamePad’s physical controls, including back catalog titles that originally didn’t include physical controls,” continued Crohas.

  • 216monster

    Nothing Beats the Xperia Play I own. NOTHING… and for the record, Archos makes great tablets ; )

  • smwandrie93

    seems like it would be a pain in the ass and heavy as well to play like that for a couple of hours… not only does it look too wide for the controls for most people to play comfortably, but it looks like 7″ display may be too back and hefty for hours of game, just my personal oppion on the device, but i could be 100% wrong as well

  • xXAaronSXx

    For anyone looking for emulators, just go over to SlideME and do a search for the Dev YONGZH. He’s the best IMO. He moved all his stuff there when he got kicked outta Play.

  • xXAaronSXx

    This thing looks SWEET!

  • New_Guy

    Get it before it’s banned…

  • master94

    Its so thin. amazing, cant wait to play the classics.

  • I really like the idea of a handheld gaming system utilizing Android. The hardware render shown above is pretty slick looking too.

  • CharlesJorgenson

    See if Sony was Douche company like Apple, they would sue Archos for copying the PSP shape.

    • Captain_Doug

      You mean function? The shape isn’t similar. It maybe has a similar style I guess. That style being black and sleek.

    • mx

      And if there weren’t so many douches like you, we wouldn’t have to read comments about apple in articles that have absolutely nothing to do with them.

      • CharlesJorgenson

        need a wet wipe for your sandy vagina?

  • This last generation of handheld consoles are dying. Look at the 3DS and the PS Vita. Those consoles are getting a big hit and it’s not because one is hitting the other hard or anything like that. Android and iOS are taking all the market away. Nintendo and Sony have to step it up and get their R&D working overtime or else…

  • TheDrunkenClam

    HDMI output please!

  • RW-1

    Better hope Sony doesnt hold a patent on it’s portable shape, couldnt resist.

  • Perfect for emulators…if you can still find them lol

    • PuzzleShot

      DSoid, N64 Emulator, FPse for Android, and DroidEmu Lite are all still in the Play Store.

  • This is the first archos device i have taken a second look at. Im wondering what it will cost if its under 199 im interested itcould possibly be worth replacing my galaxy tab with.

  • Paul

    what out Apple might sue you for copyright infringment

    • Jesus Christ this joke has been done to death.

    • EvanTheGamer

      what out? what out what?

    • Yeah their going to sue because Archo starts with “A”. JK.

      This is the potential of Android. Loving it.

    • mx

      It is getting incredibly tiresome reading comments here with all of the absolutely unnecessary apple bashing. Is there such a thing as an android site with mature on-topic discussion? I’d honestly love to know.

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  • This gadget is a perfect fit for all the SNES/NES/Genesis emulators out there.

    • Captain_Doug

      even ps1 and GBA.

  • r0lct

    Hopefully someone makes a N7 Bluetooth “sleeve” that adds buttons and direction pads to the sides. That would be awesome.

    • mustbepbs
      • r0lct

        Agreed, if for no other reason than it’s actually going to get made. Now I just need to find a cheap PS3 controller.

        • mustbepbs

          Make sure it’s official. The Sixaxis app won’t work with an unofficial controller. Your best bet is buying one from Gamestop used or something if you’re on the cheap.

      • EvanTheGamer

        HELL yeah it is! Got mine(for my G-Nex) about a week or two ago and it works flawlessly! Definitely a kick-ass gadget. Now just waiting for the N7 version to be released.

    • But then also for the SGS3 🙂

      I keep wanting someone to just dissect a PS3 controller and split it in half. I can take care of figuring out how to attach it to the sides of my phone/tablet even.

  • This is a pretty cool device. I hope only that it doesn’t suck like most Archos devices have. I really hope this is their turning point and the beginning of a long, new trend!

  • Mike Yost

    Pretty cool if you ask me. With all the emulators out there and game developers pushing the limits of graphics and gameplay on Android, this will be a great device for anyone who is into mobile gaming.

  • zorak19620

    Now let’s see if it measures up in real life. Archos has had a history of looking decent on paper, but not in actuality.