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Archos 7'' GamePad Tablet Will Have Buttons, Analog Sticks

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What do you get when you combine a game controller with a 7-inch Android tablet? The Archos GamePad.

On Wednesday Archos revealed GamePad, a new tablet form factor that adds physical gaming controls and analog sticks to the typical 7-inch tablet chassis. The details are slim at this point, but the gadget is expected to hit the market by the end of October -- just in time to compete with Windows RT-based tablets, the iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD.

Archos said that the tablet will sport a 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC featuring a Mali-400 MP quad-core GPU. The device will also come packed with 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," the company said.

The Archos GamePad will arrive with Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" OS. Henri Crohas, Archos Founder and CEO, said the company decided to develop a gamepad-tablet hybrid due to Android 4.0's game controller support embedded within the framework. That said, many developers have already included gamepad support in their games, and even GameStop has released its own Android-based game controller.

But according to Archos, a large number of these supporting games do not include physical control mapping. This is where the Archos tablet hybrid comes in with its mapping and game recognition tool. This patented technology will allow any virtual control 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,” Crohas said.

So far pricing and an actual spec list is unknown for now, but expect to pay less than $200 USD. It will likely be competitively priced in light of Apple's launch of the 7-inch iPad Mini, Google's current Nexus 7, and Amazon's upcoming second-generation Kindle Fire -- all fighting for the consumer's holiday season dollars.

 

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    hiruu , August 29, 2012 11:37 PM
    It will be interesting to see if this gets any traction.
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    hiruu , August 29, 2012 11:37 PM
    It will be interesting to see if this gets any traction.
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    belardo , August 30, 2012 12:11 AM
    It also means that Google needs to design a standard map for physical controls the options to disable any on-screen buttons (when a flag says so). This would allow for a low-cost Android console too.
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    house70 , August 30, 2012 12:18 AM
    Not a bad move, considering that controlling a game with on-screen buttons can be a pain. Obviously, this is targeting gamers first, but I could see a market for unified peripherals that are inspired from this in the future. The OS' flexibility allows for that.
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    Thunderfox , August 30, 2012 12:29 AM
    While I can't complain about any device having gaming controls, phones are what really need them, because they are with you all the time. Tablets you sort of have to plan to take with you and use. Unless maybe you're a woman with a huge purse, I guess.
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    anononon , August 30, 2012 1:05 AM
    Nice price point, sadly its built under Archos design quality :/ 
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    altriss , August 30, 2012 1:34 AM
    Quote:
    What do you get when you combine a game controller with a 7-inch Android tablet? The Archos GamePad.

    something's like a PSP to me.
    I'll pass thanks
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    Anonymous , August 30, 2012 1:36 AM
    Ips panel HD? this is a cuestion... foro wining or loser...
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    kinggraves , August 30, 2012 2:42 AM
    ThunderfoxWhile I can't complain about any device having gaming controls, phones are what really need them, because they are with you all the time. Tablets you sort of have to plan to take with you and use. Unless maybe you're a woman with a huge purse, I guess.


    Briefcase, backpack, laptop case? I'm pretty sure men occasionally carry something larger than a credit card around. The real question is whether or not you want to be seen in public playing a game on it. Public opinion seems to think playing a game system like a DS is nerdy, but playing on your phone is somehow supercool and hip. Where does a sizeable tablet with game controls fit into the social hierarchy?

    anonononNice price point, sadly its built under Archos design quality


    At price points under $200, something's got to give. I'm sure someone will release a $400 device with better quality if the concept is proven successful.

    I don't really think anyone buys this to play Android games though. As long as the emulator apps can key map, that's all that matters.
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    zeratul600 , August 30, 2012 3:20 AM
    dude isn't that just a 7 inch psp?
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    Pennanen , August 30, 2012 3:33 AM
    "Archos 7'' GamePad Tablet Will Have Buttons, Analog Sticks"

    You get an oversized psp that will probably fail harder than vita did.

    Truth hurts.
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    Pyree , August 30, 2012 5:09 AM
    ^I have to strongly disagree with your comment. Android OS is a much more useful OS and can do more than games. So the gaming focus on the button design of the GamePad is an extra feature on top of an already functionally capable Android based tablet. Combined with the fact there are already so many Android titles out there, the price is right at below $200, this product shouldn't be a flop.
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    alidan , August 30, 2012 9:48 AM
    Pyree^I have to strongly disagree with your comment. Android OS is a much more useful OS and can do more than games. So the gaming focus on the button design of the GamePad is an extra feature on top of an already functionally capable Android based tablet. Combined with the fact there are already so many Android titles out there, the price is right at below $200, this product shouldn't be a flop.


    show me a gba/snes/sega emulator, and ill get one.
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    neon871 , August 30, 2012 10:24 AM
    What no Tegra 3? Most of the good games that take advantage of controllers are on the nVidia chip set right? I think this will fail, why would I buy something that can not play the THD games!
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    tomhuang03 , August 30, 2012 11:08 AM
    Nice!
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    sirencall , August 30, 2012 7:48 PM
    I think the nexus 7 with a ps3 controller should be better experience all around....the nexus 7 is just awesome, but dont mind me......I have one so Im pretty much a fan boy. I wasnt sold on tablets until I got my gf nexus 7, and now I borrow it from her all the time. What tablets need now is better peripheral support and integration as well as more ports. I want to have the laptop connectivity in a 7 inch tablet. Imagine if the games gave keyboard and mouse? Wow this is a small nonsense rant I went on lol. SO yeah, I would rather get a nexus 7 again than this, or the wikipad which has the tegra 3 chip
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , August 31, 2012 11:56 AM
    Looks a bit better than some of the other gaming control add ons for tablets. Still if they were focusing it on gaming, you'd think they would have gone with a bit beefier processor and maybe 2 gigs of RAM. Even though specs haven't been release I'm assuming it'll have a gig like every other tablet.
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    alidan , August 31, 2012 3:38 PM
    GreaseMonkey_62Looks a bit better than some of the other gaming control add ons for tablets. Still if they were focusing it on gaming, you'd think they would have gone with a bit beefier processor and maybe 2 gigs of RAM. Even though specs haven't been release I'm assuming it'll have a gig like every other tablet.


    why over develop the hardware if no one will make games specifically for it?
    when games get developed they are developed to be a shotgun blast, instead of a sniper shot, at least most of the time.

    if this comes in at under 200$ though, i could see this being a 2-3 year system before it gets replaced for a significant upgrade,
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2012 12:26 AM
    i just say: shut up and take my money