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GameStop's Upcoming Android Tablet

Soulskill posted about 3 years ago | from the does-the-world-need-this-thing dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "GameStop has confirmed rumors that it is planning to jump into the tablet market with a device dedicated to gaming. '[GameStop President Tony Bartel said] this week that Android was capable of running what he called a "GameStop-certified gaming platform" and that GameStop would be self-branding existing tablet hardware built by an unspecified third-party manufacturer. ... GameStop will sell its gaming tablet alongside consoles and handheld gaming devices from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and others, he said.' There's no release date yet, but the device is currently being tested by consumers. It will apparently ship with its own wireless controller."

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GameStop (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383386)

It rhymes with flop.

Re:GameStop (4, Interesting)

ozmanjusri (601766) | about 3 years ago | (#37383724)

It rhymes with flop.

This one may flop, but it won't take long for someone to make one work. The cost of building these tablets is falling fast, while the capability of the hardware is ramping up with similar velocity. Screen size won't be a problem for long - I already hook up my Asus tablet to an external keyboard, mouse and HDMI out (to a full size monitor) when I'm doing office work on it. It feels light and responsive as it is, so the new quad core versions should fly.

There's plenty of good looking games in Tegra Zone too, and I have no doubt that's just scratching the surface of what'll be available soon enough.

It's a great thing that the computing world is finally routing around the damage that is Microsoft's desktop computing monopoly. It's well past time we had some real innovation in the field.

Re:GameStop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37384028)

Will it have Battletoads? I guess we should all start calling Game Stop to ask if their tablet will have it.

Re:GameStop (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | about 3 years ago | (#37385580)

Will it have Battletoads?

No, but it may have coupons GameStop will remove [slashdot.org] and later apologize to customers [slashdot.org] when they get caught.

Sorry kids, but I wouldn't trust GameStop with anything that has any of my data on it.

Will it have Unknown sources? (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37385598)

If it has Unknown sources or adb install, it has NES emulators, and if it has NES emulators, it has Battletoads.

Nook? (1)

metalmaster (1005171) | about 3 years ago | (#37383394)

for games? .....no way!

Tom Nook (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37385578)

Yes, Nook for games [nookipedia.com] .

Why do we need subjects, Subject is THIS ARTICLE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383402)

Just what we don't need. The tablet bubble will burst eventually. If you are going to get something that expensive, and large, it should have buttons and a keyboard, unless it is an eBook Reader. There is a market for portable touchscreen gaming, and it is phones.

Desktop for work, Laptop for travel work, Netbook for light travel work/play, e-book reader for bed/toilet/train/plane reading, phone for "let me look something up while walking down the street". A tablet costs as much as a year of digital data subscription over a wireless carrier, or as much as a netbook and e-book reader combined, and does the function of both badly with much less battery power.

As for games, I can play those games on my phone (if they are touchscreen optimized), but generally those do not have the replay value of more inputty platforms. I'd rather look at a screen than at my thumbs on a screen when playing anything other than sudoku and angry birds. We need an Android version of the DS/3DS/PSP/Vita.

Re:Why do we need subjects, Subject is THIS ARTICL (2)

North Korea (2457866) | about 3 years ago | (#37383430)

Sorry, but phone screen is way too small for gaming. It's okayish in a bus or so, but there's no way I would consider it fun time to take my phone to sofa or bed to play some games. And on top of that, laptop isn't really ideal for that either. I have a great gaming laptop, but it just doesn't allow relaxing like that on sofa or bed, while tablets do. And quite frankly, I would like to do something else than just read too. On top of that, I spend quite much time sitting down at the pool and having a few beers. Tablet would give me ideal entertainment for that. There's no way I'm going to take my laptop there, though.

Re:Why do we need subjects, Subject is THIS ARTICL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383530)

...but it just doesn't allow relaxing like that on sofa or bed, while tablets do. And quite frankly, I would like to do something else than just read too. On top of that, I spend quite much time sitting down at the pool and having a few beers. Tablet would give me ideal entertainment for that.

You know... surfing for pr0n doesn't require a gaming tablet.

Re:Why do we need subjects, Subject is THIS ARTICL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383766)

Tell that to everyone that's bought a portable gaming system in the last 25 years.

That's a big market, even if you choose to ignore everyone that plays casually on their iPhone.

Nintendo is unfriendly to smaller devs (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37385642)

Tell that to everyone that's bought a portable gaming system in the last 25 years.

Nintendo is known to be unfriendly to smaller developers. (Google "Bob's Game".) That's one reason why Apple's App Store and Android Market took off: a chance for indie developers to build a reputation.

Re:Nintendo is unfriendly to smaller devs (1)

muindaur (925372) | about 3 years ago | (#37385978)

Along with not paying outrageous fees to get the SDK. Android SDK is free, and has a $25 fee for creating an account to publish to the store: $100 for Apple (SDK requires OS X, but has no extra charge so getting a Mac Mini is sufficient for development after you make enough on the Android market.)

Re:Nintendo is unfriendly to smaller devs (1)

Macrat (638047) | about 3 years ago | (#37395678)

You have that backwards. The majority of developers target iOS first and then port to Android.

Re:Why do we need subjects, Subject is THIS ARTICL (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about 3 years ago | (#37387658)

You sure make North Korea sound like a cool place.

Re:Why do we need subjects, Subject is THIS ARTICL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383454)

The tablet bubble will burst eventually.

Why? Because it fits the analogy?

$660 per person per year voice and data plan (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37385624)

There is a market for portable touchscreen gaming, and it is phones.

Is there a market for portable touch screen gaming without a $660 per year voice and data plan ($15 for the lowest data plan and $40 per month for the lowest voice plan that can be combined with such a data plan)? A lot of parents buy Nintendo products because they can't afford to add smartphone service for three kids to a family plan.

Re:$660 per person per year voice and data plan (1)

Sparrow1492 (1962256) | about 3 years ago | (#37385860)

Yes, it's my $260 10" Viewsonic G-Tablet. Sure it's wifi only, but I have instant portable entertainment for 3 children with only the sunk cost. Even my 3 year old has figured out how to bounce back and forhte between the Angry Birds versions to get the one she wants. And I'm not shelling out $40 bucks a game either for a DS cartridge.

Re:$660 per person per year voice and data plan (1)

damnbunni (1215350) | about 3 years ago | (#37387762)

Several of my coworkers have gotten their kids an iPod Touch to play games on.

So yeah, I'd say the market's not only there, it's already being reasonably well served.

Android pod touch (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37389024)

So what's the Android counterpart to the iPod touch? Every Android-powered product in that size range that I've investigated has had a major flaw compared to the iPod touch. Archos 43 has no Android Market and no multitouch, unlike iPod touch which has the App Store. Samsung Galaxy Player or Galaxy S Wi-Fi or whatever they're calling it now appears not to be sold in the United States, unlike iPod touch which is. And an unlocked phone with no plan costs over twice as much as an iPod touch.

Re:$660 per person per year voice and data plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37387870)

Yes. They work just fine without any plan at all over WiFi.

Price (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37388972)

A Nintendo 3DS costs $170. A tablet costs twice as much. An unlocked smartphone costs three times as much.

iPad not just for games (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 3 years ago | (#37393896)

A Nintendo 3DS costs $170. A tablet costs twice as much. An unlocked smartphone costs three times as much.

However something like an iPad is not a special purpose device dedicated to gaming. Like a computer it is multipurpose and gaming is only one use.

Re:iPad not just for games (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37397202)

However something like an iPad is not a special purpose device dedicated to gaming. Like a computer it is multipurpose

True, but unlike a computer it is not all-purpose. There are several things Apple doesn't want running directly on the device, things for which I regularly use a netbook, things that my little cousin in high school also does. I can go into detail if you want. It fits in a niche between tablets and netbooks, but an Android tablet is capable of filling even more of that niche.

Re:iPad not just for games (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 3 years ago | (#37401670)

I absolutely agree that computers are more capable than tablets, tablets are a complementary product. However when we get to netbooks I think they are more competitor than complement, at least for the more typical netbook user. YMMV of course. Android devices are not necessarily a panacea, in certain categories they have inherit disadvantages. For example games. iPad apps are native binaries and get the full performance of the CPU. Android apps tend to not be native binaries so that they are more portable among the various hardware vendors and product families. Native binaries are possible (NDK) but there are limitations and compatibility issues, things that can deter developers from bringing more performance oriented games to the Android market.

Re:iPad not just for games (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37401898)

Android apps tend to not be native binaries so that they are more portable among the various hardware vendors and product families. Native binaries are possible (NDK) but there are limitations and compatibility issues

Games ported from other platforms are more likely to use the NDK because they weren't originally written in Java or another language that compiles to .class files. Can you recommend an article to bring me up to speed on compatibility issues for NDK applications, given that virtually all Android devices have an ARM CPU?

things that can deter developers from bringing more performance oriented games to the Android market.

The other thing keeping performance-oriented is the fact that no pocket-size Wi-Fi-only device comes with the Android Market. Everything with the market is either a phone or a tablet, with no iPod touch counterpart apart from the Archos 43, and Archos 43 doesn't come with Android Market. In fact, phones with CyanogenMod installed don't have Android Market either. In both cases (Archos 43 and CyanogenMod), people who want to use applications distributed only through the Market have to pirate the Market.

Re:iPad not just for games (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 3 years ago | (#37402260)

I agree ARM is the norm however there are Intel Atom based devices. Google and Intel just announced a partnership to bring more Atom devices to the market.

While a native binary can run on all ARM based devices there may be performance problems. If I understand things correctly only an ARMv5 target is universal but it lacks a hardware FPU. An ARMv7 target will support hardware FPU but will only run on certain devices. A performance oriented game will probably want to use the hardware FPU. I believe an Android app can include both ARM 5 and ARM 7 binaries but that requires developers to have two binaries to test. Doable, but still a negative.

Wait for it (4, Insightful)

TennCasey (1667347) | about 3 years ago | (#37383464)

They'll sell them "new" but use the box as a display and have the actual units stored behind the counter, and they'll have mysterious signs of use.

Re:Wait for it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383706)

Well see you're using the consumer definition of 'new'. Much like we have all tried to use the consumer version of the word 'unlimited' when it comes to isps. And both are wrong.. See.. You gotta use the business version of those words.

What they really mean is... new to you. someone else had it before and found out it was overpriced broken crap.
But when you get it....
You never had it before did you? No. so there. see... its NEW!

Re:Wait for it (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37387024)

And that annoying PC snob behind the counter, the one who one who smirks at you if you buy a console game, will suddenly be peddling this thing like it were the second coming of Jesus. In addition to listening to his I'm-a-25-year-old-with-a-McJob-who-knows-everything rants about how awesome keyboard/mouse controls are, now you're also going to have to listen to him tell you how the Gamestop tablet is the ONLY tablet worth owning.

War Amphibians (3, Funny)

kumanopuusan (698669) | about 3 years ago | (#37383474)

The real question is: Does it have Battletoads?

Re:War Amphibians (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383876)

I guess we could call them and ask...

Re:War Amphibians (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37386712)

Sewiusly, who let these guys in?

OMG KEWL! MWF3 ON TABLET MOM! (2)

Warhawke (1312723) | about 3 years ago | (#37383482)

"[W]e've created a controller that we're testing to really allow for immersive gameplay," he said. "It's hard to imagine how to stream a game—let's say Modern Warfare 3—onto a tablet and then play it with your finger."

I was going to comment on any one of the seventeen inaccuracies/deceptions/downright lies about cloud gaming that can be construed from this statement, but, I don't know, it seems to speak for itself. I suppose this all explains why Gamestop has recently decided to pursue a business model only slightly more reputable than a pawn shop. Oh well, as long as parents have more money than parenting skills, I suppose the business model will flourish.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge gamer, and my parents were very good about exposing me to video games. They also played the games with me or at the least watched to make sure my games were appropriate. And they sure as hell didn't give me a credit card to go out and buy whatever. Nor did I give them a list of demanded games. Seriously, if you ever want to despair for the fate of humanity being placed in our youth, go creep around Gamestop for a few tens of minutes.

Re:OMG KEWL! MWF3 ON TABLET MOM! (1)

chispito (1870390) | about 3 years ago | (#37383496)

Seriously, if you ever want to despair for the fate of humanity being placed in our youth, go creep around Gamestop for a few tens of minutes.

No thanks. In my experience they tend to smell like middle school locker rooms.

Re:OMG KEWL! MWF3 ON TABLET MOM! (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 3 years ago | (#37383794)

Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge gamer, and my parents were very good about exposing me to video games. They also played the games with me or at the least watched to make sure my games were appropriate. And they sure as hell didn't give me a credit card to go out and buy whatever.

Replace "video games" with books and that sounds pretty bad.

Maybe I was unique with a bunch of librarians in the family but my parents only ever tried to restrict my reading material once in my life. My mom told me I couldn't borrow "Moonraker" (the book, not the movie, libraries didn't have movies back then) from the library - so I stole it instead (and returned it when I was done). Otherwise no restrictions at all, plenty of times I got cash as xmas or bday gifts and spent it on any book I wanted at the local bookstore. And that was when Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta artwork of babes wearing just chain-mail bikinis (or less) pretty much dominated the SF&F book covers.

Re:OMG KEWL! MWF3 ON TABLET MOM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37384592)

Smells horrible, i dont know about your visit, but last time i went in it smelled like unwashed children, peanuts, and what i can only describe as bologna. ignoring the fact that im perpetually broke, i just cant find a reason to go to a gamestop....

Will it be DRM locked? (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 3 years ago | (#37383492)

I'm curious: will this new gaming "platform" be DRM locked, or will you be able to play the games on any Android device powerful enough to do so?

Re:Will it be DRM locked? (1)

North Korea (2457866) | about 3 years ago | (#37383522)

Doesn't this kind of "DRM" question also apply to Google's apps? Like you know, Google C&Ding CyanogenMod for including their apps.

Re:Will it be DRM locked? (3, Informative)

Rennt (582550) | about 3 years ago | (#37383660)

No. Google's apps do not contain DRM locking them down to particular devices. CM was simply violating Google's copyright.

Re:Will it be DRM locked? (1)

tepples (727027) | about 3 years ago | (#37390946)

So how does one obtain Android Market for devices running CM without infringing copyright? If not, how does one securely obtain Chase Bank's check deposit application for Android other than through Android Market?

Re:Will it be DRM locked? (1)

Rennt (582550) | about 3 years ago | (#37393752)

So how does one obtain Android Market for devices running CM without infringing copyright?

You can't. That is why gapps are not included in the CM distro. You have to flash a package that could best be described as "warez" separately.

In theory, Google is okay with it if you rip the apps from your stock ROM; flash CM; then re-install your old apps. But the stock apps that came with your phone are unlikely to run on the latest ASOP builds without issues. Nobody does this.

Re:Will it be DRM locked? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37387562)

Doesn't this kind of "DRM" question also apply to Google's apps?

Andorid apps have no DRM, unless you buy them from Amazon. It's the best thing about the platform, really (why Google doesn't advertise Free Apps, I don't know). Of course, the annoyance is crap from the likes of Gameloft and such which don't appear in the Marketplace (they use some "we'll text you a link" crap instead). Ironically, it's easier to get Gameloft apps at the same place you get all the other "liberated" Android apps.

And no, no jailbreaking/cracking/etc required. (Stupid iOS apps can tell if they've been cracked because the OS requires patching their .plist files in order to run an unencrypted binary, so now you have to unencrypt them (trivial), then crack them). Or if you've got an iPad2 with no working jailbreak anymore (once 4.3.4 came out, new iPads had to upgrade to it, and thus no jailbreak for those).

WebOS had the same ability, but there weren't that many apps for it.

Bad Idea (3, Insightful)

Cronock (1709244) | about 3 years ago | (#37383498)

I carry my iPad with me everywhere for business and for entertainment, not to mention browsing Slashdot. I also game more than I care to admit. I've played many a tablet games, and to be honest.. it's NOT a gaming platform, at least not in the current form.

If they could use a controller, absolutely. But multi-touch gaming is just not convenient. A few games can pull it off and last the test of time, but nothing that's in the market that GameStop caters to. The controller is a MUST and it may make the machine a killer device, a portable console that doesn't suck.

Re:Bad Idea (1)

Unequivocal (155957) | about 3 years ago | (#37383552)

Then watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HML5xhVCQwY [youtube.com]

Has Potential (1)

jasenj1 (575309) | about 3 years ago | (#37384982)

Agreed. A good wireless controller and connection to the TV (wireless preferred) could help pull this off.

GameStop gets to define the controller that will be used and to strongly encourage developers to support that controller. One of the big wins for consoles is a known hardware and control setup. Right now no tablet comes with or can expect a handheld controller. A GameStop branded tablet could do that.

Also, GameStop could sell games for their tablet only through their own online store. Then they could sell the tablet at a loss and make it up on the games - just like the console makers. What would be hard, though, is forcing developers to ONLY sell their games through GameStop. But Steam does pretty well, I guess.

Toss in some good parental controls (I want this account to only see Y7 games) and that would give parents a warm fuzzy about the system. (But kids would hate it, so maybe that's a bad idea. But the kids will likely figure out a way around the controls, and many parents won't bother to set them up.)

To me, the trick is NOT to just release a GameStop tablet and a controller. But to release an entire gaming environment. Playstation Network and XBox Live have led the way, but they had years of experience and huge piles of money behind them.

Tablet hardware has certainly reached the point of being powerful enough to be a viable gaming platform. A tablet with a few tweaks to make it extra gaming friendly could be a winner.

Re:Has Potential (1)

jasenj1 (575309) | about 3 years ago | (#37385040)

FTA:'Bartel said GameStop will ship the tablet with a dedicated controller, though he admitted that "[t]here's not a lot of tablet/android based games for the consumer that are designed to use an external controller."'

Fail. Right there. You work with some key developers to have kick-ass launch titles that show off the greatness of the controller and you mock everyone who doesn't develop their games to support this awesome revolution.

You don't say, "Oh, well, no one really supports external controllers, but we hope developers will think it's cool and start. Please."

Re:Bad Idea (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37383688)

I never understood the controller on the portable device, while it works if its designed into the product, it just seems like a circus to juggle a controller with 2 hands and a 800$ toy on your knees just because one can

Re:Bad Idea (1)

RoverDaddy (869116) | about 3 years ago | (#37384848)

Not that this is what Game Stop is working on, but what about a controller that wraps around the tablet while you're using it? Kind of like a skin that adds shoulder buttons on the sides and perhaps a D-pad on buttons on the bottom? I think this would be interesting to try with a tablet.

Re:Bad Idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37385236)

Something like a PSP or DS with a dreadful choice of games, after-thought controls and costing 4-5x the price? Bad Idea.

Re:Bad Idea (1)

Sloppy (14984) | about 3 years ago | (#37386092)

The controller is a MUST

I agree with this criticism of tablets except that I always phrase it as "a keyboard is a MUST." I think it might be bullshit, though, because the best controller or keyboard, is the one you have, whether it totally sucks or is good enough or is awesome.

The issue isn't whether or not tablets are good for gaming; it's whether or not you have a tablet on you (that is where they truly fail IMHO; they're too big for my pocket so I don't have one, but different people have different circumstances) and happen to want to play a game. If you have one with you, and want to play a game, then it's a gaming computer. That's how phones turned into gaming computers. It'll happen to tablets too, though to a smaller degree (unless the textile industry creates a new pocket-size standard).

Since you do carry your iPad with you, then regardless of how much you want a better controller, I think you're going to keep playing games on it. :-)

Dear Gamestop (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#37383502)

You are incompetent in your current business model, and now you want to be a console brand with no software development backing you up? its not been nice knowing you.

But what do I care, you were driven out of my town by a ma and pa shop which in this day and age takes real talent.

excuse me while I laugh hysterically (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383620)

(hysterical laughter automatically removed),
this is insane. HP just liquidated their tablets, the Playstation Phone is falling flat, and the Playbook is almost bringing RIM into bankrupsy. Let's not forget the market leader, iPad, probably has a thousand games for less then a dollar.

GameStop is probably the only dedicated Video Game store, and it is still in last place. They can't even manage to sell merchandise in it's original condition, and they hope to make an iPad killer?

Re:excuse me while I laugh hysterically (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383950)

(hysterical laughter automatically removed),
this is insane. HP just liquidated their tablets, the Playstation Phone is falling flat, and the Playbook is almost bringing RIM into bankrupsy. Let's not forget the market leader, iPad, probably has a thousand games for less then a dollar.

GameStop is probably the only dedicated Video Game store, and it is still in last place. They can't even manage to sell merchandise in it's original condition, and they hope to make an iPad killer?

it actually has the highest percent of the market, making it far from last place

Re:excuse me while I laugh hysterically (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37384052)

Except Gamestop doesn't appear to plan to develop their own devices. Instead they want to rebrand an existing one. Even if it tanks, they don't risk as much as if they had developed and produced their own hardware.

Re:excuse me while I laugh hysterically (2)

Tei (520358) | about 3 years ago | (#37385276)

What iPad killer?

What GameStop seems to want, is to move his business to the digital world. Currently is a shop that sells box (that have a game inside), and want to sell bits... or more precisally, want to rent bits.

Do you want to play a Playstation 3 or Playstation 4 game in your tablet PC? GameStop want you to pay a flat flee of 10$ montly to play demos and some games. You will not own the games, you will be renting the games for a limited period.

This is like Blockbuster opening a service like Netflix. But for games.

Rule of cool: Playing a Playstation 4 game in a tablet pc will be cool. If the tech delivers.

Re:excuse me while I laugh hysterically (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37385526)

^^^^^^ this is correct.

They want their own OnLive. They are offloading the heavy lifting of the game rendering to servers, and "serving" the game video and audio in a streaming way, which allows the tablets to play games WAY beyond their hardware capabilities.

Also look at the pricing structure of OnLive. You say iPad has a thousand games for less than a dollar. That's not their end game with this. They want monthly residual fees like a netflix style. iPad killer it won't be, but if they can get the price low enough, people will buy it if they are introduced to a game running @ 720p in the palm of their hand that they thought could only run on their ps3/360 at home.

That said, they could totally fuck it up, who knows. And I am no fan of Gamestop, they killed Funcoland and I will never forgive them for that.

Re:excuse me while I laugh hysterically (1)

vlpronj (1345627) | about 3 years ago | (#37387170)

And they're conveniently set up, being essentially the last mall/strip plaza gaming chain, to have kids who play on every console out there come to them. So whether they play on XBox360, PS3, Wii, or what comes next, they've got their market literally coming to them, where they will browse the games for their current system, and see the only non-console device (but I think they maybe looking to blur that) in the store is the one GameStop sells. If it is cheap enough, and games are cheap enough, then they could even offer DLC in the store, for those w/o highspeed home internet connections.

It will fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383656)

And nothing of value will be lost.

DRM is going to be insane for sure (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37383664)

No way they will sell an open android device you can download free games on.

Expect DRM laden games and devices.

Tablet for games? (1)

sgunhouse (1050564) | about 3 years ago | (#37383848)

Well ... depends on the game I guess. I recently bought a 7" Acer Iconia tablet, and despite what Acer's CEO recently said about tablets I think it is respectable. Okay, on some games (FPS, etc.) a controller would help. Make it bluetooth and then everyone can use them. But I installed nVidia's pinball app and it looks real good - and the interface for that is mostly appropriate. I'm sure we could come up with some other games it would be great for. I couldn't see a 10" as a portable gaming console - just too big.

Okay, obvious caveat - make sure you're using a wi-fi connection if you're going to try some graphics-intensive MMORG, otherwise the data charges on your phone plan will kill you.

The proper method (1)

Kevin Fishburne (1296859) | about 3 years ago | (#37383938)

Buy used, jailbreak, download, burn, play, buy used accessories, play some more.

open box (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37384378)

All the tablets should have their prices marked down because of Gamestop's open box policy.

Not time yet (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 3 years ago | (#37384868)

There is no way whatsoever they can get a sizable and decent screen, a decent CPU, and a decent GPU into one package for a price that their average customer will pay, especially while simultaneously bundling a wireless controller.

Re:Not time yet (1)

WileyC (188236) | about 3 years ago | (#37386070)

That's not their target. Look at their acquisition of Kongregate... the real goal is to have a good quality casual gaming device that you don't necessarily have to smear up with fingerprints. My guess is that it will have a circa-2006 GPU/CPU setup. Good enough for WoW mk 1 and anything you see online for free these days (which will be one of their big selling points!)

Further prediction: there will be a big push on Kongregate, et al, to make sure games will work on this new device flawlessly.

Re:Not time yet (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 3 years ago | (#37386264)

Problem is that you actually need a pretty pissed off system to do web browsing decently. That means at least dual core. And if they're selling it for gaming it's going to have decent 3D. Most of the games on Kongregate etc. don't work worth a crap on small screens and will have to be basically rewritten (the whole interface has to change) if that's going to change.

I honestly don't get it (1)

Severus Snape (2376318) | about 3 years ago | (#37385098)

How stupid can these companies be? Can they not see all these product failures around about them? Never mind what history has shown us reguarding tablets. This tablet fad needs to die now. As much as it annoys me to say this, only Apple can/could pull it off, at the end of the day they could sell a toaster and market it into something the whole world wants. Note to everybody else: stop now, save yourself the time, effort and money, go back to R&D and think of something new.

Re:I honestly don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37387654)

these things always work in "bubbles" where competing manufacturers see how brand x is netting $y and their board members swimming in kiddie pools filled with the disposable income of their consumer base. rather than develop another product they think the market may want, they instead copy the current big thing to within an inch of patent violation and drop it on store shelves right next to company x's widget praying that the extra button will coerce the masses into buying their widget instead.

the curse of capitalism is that it breeds unoriginality. many corporations opt for piggybacking on what they know is big now and everything from vehicles to gpus to firearms has become a multi-million dollar example of peeking over the arm of the kid sitting next to you to copy their exam answers.

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Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37385214)

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Not Again! (0)

na1led (1030470) | about 3 years ago | (#37385370)

Another overpriced tablet flooding the market, like we really want to replace our gamming PC and Consoles with an Android knockoff that will probably cost more than an iPad.

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Flash games is my guess. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37387676)

For those who don't know; Gamestop purchase kongregate.com about 6 months ago; which is one of the largest flash gaming portals around. My guess is they will intragrate the login system, achievements and games into the tablet.

GameStop owns Kongregate (2)

naroom (1560139) | about 3 years ago | (#37388510)

And Kongregate is a massive collection of Flash games. Many of them are left-mouse-button only. Their desire to make a gaming tablet makes much more sense given that information.
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