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ARCHOS GamePad Now Available in Europe, US Coming Early Q1 of 2013

The Archos GamePad is a device we have brought up a few times, but we have been waiting patiently for when we could finally get our hands on one. Thankfully, Archos officially launched the device in Europe today, as well as giving us here in America a new time frame to look forward to, early Q1 2013. What makes this device so special are the built-in gaming controls for a complete on-the-go gaming experience. It comes equipped with Jelly Bean, a 7″ display, and a lightweight portable body which shouldn’t tire out your arms. 

Luckily for me, Q1 is right around the corner! Is this type of device something you could see yourself getting excited over? I think if the price can be low enough to compete with other hand-held gaming systems, then we could have something special (and rather unique) here.

ARCHOS GamePad Available

The first true Android games console, the ARCHOS GamePad combines powerful tablet hardware with revolutionary gaming software

Denver, CO – December 6, 2012 – ARCHOS, announces the retail availability of the highly anticipated GamePad, a new type of tablet that combines physical gaming button controls and an ARCHOS patented mapping tool with a full AndroidTM-powered tablet experience. Bringing physical buttons and analog thumb-sticks to mobile gaming, the ARCHOS GamePad blends power with unique mapping software that allows you to link the virtual controls of any game to physical controls. A thin and light Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device, the GamePad also features full access to Google PlayTM and Google Mobile Services and is now available in Europe for 149.99€ with a North American release scheduled for early Q1 2013.

“Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touch-screen experience,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of ARCHOS. “We feel this area of gaming is proven and will continue to grow. With the introduction of the GamePad we are uniquely positioned to feed the demand of gamers who want a better gaming experience on a tablet.”

By combining the GamePad’s 14 physical buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks with the revolutionary ARCHOS game mapping tool (exclusive to ARCHOS), the GamePad brings the physical aspect back to the gaming experience. Adding to the experience is the 16 million color, seven inch, five point capacitive, 1024 x 600 pixel screen. At only 10 mm (0.3 inch) thin and with a weight of 330g (0.7 lbs), the ARCHOS GamePad is the perfect on the go gaming console.

REVOLUTIONARY MAPPING TOOL

Thanks to the revolutionary ARCHOS mapping tool, even back catalog games that weren’t made for physical controls can work with the physical controls of the ARCHOS GamePad; ‘map’ any on-screen virtual control to the physical controls of the GamePad for hundreds of games within the tool or use its drag-and-drop interface to ‘map’ any game in seconds.

Check out our YouTube video showing how easy it is to use: HOW TO MAP BUTTONS

The mapping profile for each game is automatically saved so whenever that game is launched in the future, the ARCHOS game mapping tool will automatically load the corresponding mapping profile.
FEATURES & SPECS

  • Operating System: Google Certified Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Smooth Gaming Experience with 3D Graphics: Quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU paired with a 1.6GHz Dual-core CPU.
  • Memory: 8GB of internal memory with microSD slot or up to 64GB of additional space.
  • Mini-HDMI: Use the mini-HDMI port to connect the GamePad to your TV for a big screen viewing experience.
  • Google PlayTM: 700,000 apps and games and includes DRM support for downloading books, magazines, music, movies and TV shows.
  • ARCHOS Media Center applications: tailor made apps for video and music that include metadata scraping, auto-subtitles and of course, the best format and codec support around including 1080p video decoding.

For more information about GamePad visit www.ARCHOS.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000002774924 Graham Green

    Missing the holiday buying period in arguably your biggest market is a major F* up.

  • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

    Wow went on their website and all the screens are 1280 x 800… If i’m going to buy a tablet i want something higher than that. Not to mention their terrible processors.

  • Hazadriel

    I have an Archos 80 G9 and I don’t think I will get another device from them. It’s laggy, support sucks, build quality sucks, and it’s wholly unresponsive.

  • RaptorOO7

    Archos would be one reason to not get it another would be 8GB of internal storage, where the hell are you going with that???? No way to move apps to the external storage = DO NOT BUY!

    • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

      Can you not do that in Jellybean? I’ve had a nexus since ICS so I don’t know.

    • MyStroPro

      MicroSD slot no?

  • rez

    Free advice to any companies planning to make an android gaming device, make the specs ridiculously over the top so we can actually you know, be able to ply games on it…anything remotely gaming related cannot survive the market long with a dual core processor. It can be dual core all it wants but these are still mobile architectures, ironically that means they are extremely mediocre when it comes to processing power…sure games may look fine now but what good are these specs gonna do when in 6 months they’ll be pushed to their limits by the next set of games/apps…I’m no graphics whore but this era is moving too fast to not be bleeding edge, this is why the ouya will ultimately fail.

    • michael arazan

      Exactly, today’s word is “Futureproof”

    • John Malin

      I have an HP touchpad, released a year and a half agowith a dual core processor (July 2011) and it runs GTA3, batman, max payne, all of my PS1 roms, and everything else I have thrown at it with no sweat. I’m not a big hardware guy when it comes to specs, but I would imagine that the GPU matters more in this case than the CPU, and the GPU they are using seems to be a very good one.

      Another thing to keep in mind is that this is more for mobile gaming. Long drives, plane flights, it isn’t supposed to be a powerhouse.

    • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

      I hear gamestop has one you might want, but they “postponed” it since it was $399. For 200 bucks less than it’s only supposed direct competitior, i think this one is doing p good.

    • Hunter

      It has a quad-core GPU…ya know…for your gamez. The dual-core CPU is for facebook!

    • http://twitter.com/wynalazca Andrew Webber

      Except for the part where the OUYA is very easy to mod… they could just make a new board and sell the upgrade part relatively cheap with the new processor and BAM, it’s back at the top of the line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christaynium Chris Cavan

    Its going to suck as much as my archos 5 did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Robson/1317522018 Chris Robson

    I just want this setup for my GS3.

  • gallyjh

    Anyone try one of these game clips? http://buy.thegameklip.com/

    • Captain_Doug

      that would be cool if it could hold a tablet.

      • gallyjh

        I imagine that would get heavy after awhile lol

        • Captain_Doug

          Definite flaw.

  • Josh

    You lost me with “Archos”

  • gokusimpson

    Is the tablet removable?

    • Captain_Doug

      No.

  • Captain_Doug

    The processor is a RK3066. Just so you know…

    • Bryan

      Is that good or bad?

      • Transanturbo350

        Bad

        • Captain_Doug

          Not really. It’s comparable to a Exynos 4212 which isn’t bad. The GPU should be taking the brunt of the load though and it’s more than capable of handling games. Especially emulators and whatnot.