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World's First Gaming Tablet Wikipad Using Nvidia Tegra 3

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The upcoming Wikipad gaming tablet will feature Nvidia's Tegra 3.

Wednesday during E3 2012, Wikipad said it has selected Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC as the brains behind the world's first gaming tablet.

The portable gaming gadget is currently on display at select Nvidia and Gaikai locations at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It features Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," a 10.1-inch screen, a thickness of 8.6-mm, a gamepad-like attachment, and the preloaded Nvidia TegraZone which offers games optimized for Tegra and game controller support.

"By adding Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor to the Wikipad, we’ve combined the best of tablet and console gaming into one device that fits in the palms of your hands," said Fraser Townley, President of Sales for Wikipad. "Tegra 3 opens up incredible content options including optimized mobile games and console-quality streaming games through new cloud gaming services."

The Wikipad tablet first made its appearance back in January during CES 2012. Still in a prototype stage, it was touted as the first glasses-free 3D Android 4.0-based tablet with an attachable video game controller. Analog sticks resided on each side, and a D-pad was mounted on the left and four action buttons seated to the right. A set of speakers were embedded into the controller at the bottom and shoulder triggers at the top.

Then last month Gaikai announced that it teamed up with Wikipad to help produce the upcoming tablet. Gaikai will provide a client that will be integrated into the tablet's OS, streaming console-quality titles right to the user's fingertips. Details regarding the client are slim for the moment, but it's assumed that users will be able to purchase individual games from a Wikipad storefront -- whether these games can be played on other devices is unknown.

The tablet is supposedly capable of glasses-free 3D and 1080p playback including H.264, VC1, VOB, ISO, M2TS, and FLV. Other features include HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, front and rear cameras, 8 GB of on-board storage and an SD card slot for an additional 64 GB of space. Wi-Fi will be the connection of choice although a USB 2.0 port indicates that an optional 3G module may be available.

The Wikipad launch date is set for the end of the 3rd Quarter, 2012 through major retailers worldwide. Will this tablet be successful and take gamers by storm, or become another Xperia PLAY?

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    DSpider , June 7, 2012 8:37 AM
    Gaming tablet made of 3 pieces... Pff. Attachments are easy to lose. Have fun gaming with just one side of the controller.

    Um, PS Vita? Until Q3 it will probably have a decent collection of games (especially considering how easy it is to port PS3 games). But we'll see... Nvidia knows their graphics.
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    Pennanen , June 7, 2012 8:37 AM
    So...its a big psp?
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    lordcrazex , June 7, 2012 8:45 AM
    when i looked at this, i thought;

    "where is razer's Project Fiona?"
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    DarkenMoon97 , June 7, 2012 8:54 AM
    I can see overheating issues...
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    l1nks , June 7, 2012 9:14 AM
    i'll stick with my transformed prime;p
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    alidan , June 7, 2012 11:11 AM
    DSpiderGaming tablet made of 3 pieces... Pff. Attachments are easy to lose. Have fun gaming with just one side of the controller.Um, PS Vita? Until Q3 it will probably have a decent collection of games (especially considering how easy it is to port PS3 games). But we'll see... Nvidia knows their graphics.


    if its in 3 peices, imagine that all tablets could be converted to a gaming tablet if they meat the requirements to play the games.

    it would be an excellent way to do it actually. in stead of buying a tablet for gaming, you use the tablet you already have with a controller skin thing, it takes the initial investment from full tablet, to using a tablet you may already have.
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    neon871 , June 7, 2012 11:27 AM
    Is it wikipedia or wikipad? I'm confused!...................law suit in the making.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 7, 2012 11:29 AM
    This infringes the new Lenovo patent about the clip-on keyboard pieces, by the way!
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    neon871 , June 7, 2012 11:30 AM
    l1nksi'll stick with my transformed prime;p

    I agree plus the PS3 game pad works with it wireless too.
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    jlocke2009 , June 7, 2012 11:51 AM
    "Have fun gaming with just one side of the controller."

    Pretty sure it's one big piece that's attached across the back where you can't see it.
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    acerace , June 7, 2012 11:52 AM
    Can someone kindly list the games that this tablet can play? I'm interested.
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    rahulkadukar , June 7, 2012 12:07 PM
    Can it play Crysis 3 ?
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    sublime2k , June 7, 2012 12:42 PM
    Gaming tablet = oxymoron.
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    eddieroolz , June 7, 2012 1:22 PM
    Just buy a Vita for pete's sake.
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    Anonymous , June 7, 2012 2:23 PM
    Funny, I thought the iPad came out years ago. This article isn't about the iPad...typo?
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    dark_lord69 , June 7, 2012 2:53 PM
    5yq39q30hFunny, I thought the iPad came out years ago. This article isn't about the iPad...typo?

    nVidia Tegra 3 > iPad

    sublime2kGaming tablet = oxymoron.

    Not if you are using it for cloud gaming.

    aceraceCan someone kindly list the games that this tablet can play? I'm interested.

    www.gaikai.com - That is the website that provides the cloud gaming service and you will be able to play any/all of the games listed.

    DSpiderGaming tablet made of 3 pieces... Pff. Attachments are easy to lose. Have fun gaming with just one side of the controller.

    Pretty sure the controller is connected behind the tablet. So 2 pieces. 1 tablet and 1 game controller.
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    f-14 , June 7, 2012 6:56 PM
    amk-aka-phantomThis infringes the new Lenovo patent about the clip-on keyboard pieces, by the way!

    just one problem, where's the keyboard?
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    f-14 , June 7, 2012 6:57 PM
    rahulkadukarCan it play Crysis 3 ?

    screw crysis can it play starwars 1313?
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    freekishpc , June 7, 2012 7:41 PM
    it's not the first...Razer already showed one in January

    http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-showcases-pc-gaming-tablet-concept-design-at-ces-2012
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    megamanx00 , June 7, 2012 11:45 PM
    Fine with my Tegra 2 Asus Transformer for now. I'll wait for Tegra 4 before upgrading ^_^