GameStop who earlier in the year announced their intentions to move into the technology market are set to release a gaming tablet that will be running Google’s Android OS.
Back in April GameStop president Tony Bartel announced they were testing a trade-in program for used tablets; the service is now available nationwide for all iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and all versions of the iPod. He also talked about the possibility of creating their own branded tablet, ”if we can’t find [a tablet] that’s great for gaming,” he said, “then we will create our own.”
They have been testing the tablet as a “GameStop certified platform” for the past few weeks. The tablet is expected to come pre-loaded with a handful of mobile games. However in much more exciting news, reports suggest the tablet will allow you to stream console games, thanks to software from Spawn Labs’ technology who they purchased back in Spring. They are also apparently in reports with publishers to bring third-party exclusives to the platform.
Bartel also went on to say a dedicated controller will ship with the tablet, “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.”
There was no mention of a release date or price, although with the device still being tested and talks ongoing with publishers it is not expected until next. Hopefully before then will find out more about the platform; like what games will come pre-loaded on it and what kind of processor it will be running on?