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WikiPad Arrives at GameStop on Halloween for $499

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The Wikipad Android-powered gaming tablet arrives next month with a premium price tag. Will gamers take the pricey plunge?

GameStop said on Friday that the Android-powered Wikipad gaming tablet will be available on October 31 through its stores and website at a retail price of $499 USD.

Slated as the world's first tablet with an attachable console-quality gamepad controller, the Wikipad will arrive next month with a full suite of games delivered by the latest video game platforms, including PlayStation Mobile, Nvidia's Tegra Zone, Google Play, Gaikai as well as several upcoming unannounced platforms (probably OnLive).

"GameStop is the retail destination when it comes to video games. Nobody but GameStop provides gamers with the best gaming content on the market. And for those that purchase or pre-order a Wikipad at GameStop, their tablet will have access to valuable extras including exclusive free, full-length game titles. The Wikipad is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and will support PlayStation Mobile platform," said Fraser Townley, President of Sales for Wikipad, Inc.

Back in August, Wikipad announced that Sony was bringing the long-awaited PlayStation Suite – now called PlayStation Mobile – to the dedicated gaming tablet. Sony's platform will offer content on the Wikipad developed by award-winning SCE Worldwide Studios as well as a vast array of third party developers and publishers. Currently there's a long list of PlayStation Mobile games like Grandia, MediEvil, Crash Bandicoot and A Bug's Life, but none of them have a North American release date.

Without the add-on controller, the Wikipad hardware is similar to what Google offers on the Nexus 7: Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, at least 16 GB of storage, and Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean." Other components include a 10.1-inch IPS display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, an 8MP camera on the back, a 2MP camera on the front, and a six-hour battery. It supposedly weighs 1.2 pounds, making it a little heavy for portable gaming.

Question is: will it sell? That remains to be seen. The only manufacturers successful at selling tablets of this size at that price have been Apple and Samsung, both the leader in their respective tablet arenas. Asus has been somewhat successful with its Transformer line, but the Android tablet sector didn't really explode until Amazon introduced the 7-inch Kindle Fire for $199 last year. That said, gamers wanting premium mobile games may lean more towards the less-expensive Nintendo 3DS and Sony's own PlayStation Vita.

Still, there may indeed be a market for the Wikipad tablet, and GameStop will likely do what it can to make sure there is a market for such a device, starting next month. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Wikipad to launch this unique new gaming tablet," said Joe Gorman, vice president of GameStop's mobile business unit. "We love the innovation and know our customers are excited to see it in action."

Customers can pre-order the Wikipad now at GameStop stores nationwide or online at www.GameStop.com. Wikipads pre-ordered at GameStop will come with value-added extras including full-length titles and an issue of Game Informer Digital.

 

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    pepe2907 , September 8, 2012 9:25 PM
    Why a game oriented pad is called Wiki-pad. Am I the only one, who finds this odd?
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    vrumor , September 8, 2012 7:22 PM
    Hope they are prepared for the dozens of pre-orders theyll get.
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    aftcomet , September 8, 2012 8:07 PM
    Hmm, for this price I could buy a Kindle Fire/Nexus 7, PS Vita, AND a 3DS....
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  • 15 Hide
    vrumor , September 8, 2012 7:22 PM
    Hope they are prepared for the dozens of pre-orders theyll get.
  • 11 Hide
    aftcomet , September 8, 2012 8:07 PM
    Hmm, for this price I could buy a Kindle Fire/Nexus 7, PS Vita, AND a 3DS....
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    halcyon , September 8, 2012 8:11 PM
    Could be neat for those that it interests.
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    jerm1027 , September 8, 2012 8:41 PM
    $500 and it uses power-hungry DDR2 memory and only features the Tegra 3? -__-
    I'd rather have an OUYA, or a Nexus 7 with a Bluetooth controller.
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    ddpruitt , September 8, 2012 8:42 PM
    Just like GameStop to sell overpriced hardware with no support.

    Who actually thought this was a good idea? This is the Android version of the IPad.
  • 21 Hide
    pepe2907 , September 8, 2012 9:25 PM
    Why a game oriented pad is called Wiki-pad. Am I the only one, who finds this odd?
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    mortsmi7 , September 8, 2012 9:26 PM
    Wikipad? Kind of a dumb name for a gaming device, that alone would keep me from even looking at it.
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2012 9:27 PM
    The Wikipad is a nice idea, but I think it's a little too late in the game to release something like this, especially at this price point. If they can lower the price, I think it would be attractive for gamers who don't already have a tablet. The specs are decent, and the fact that is lightweight and has an Android base is nice; but with Microsoft tablets being just around the corner, and the next-gen of consoles starting up this year with the launch of Wii U, I can't really see this taking off (unless Gamestop employees trick parents into buying it).
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    guerrero , September 8, 2012 9:53 PM
    Lets see if it runs Crysis
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    fudoka711 , September 8, 2012 10:25 PM
    "GameStop is the retail destination when it comes to video games. Nobody but GameStop provides gamers with the best gaming content on the market."

    Yea they also charge the most.
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2012 11:11 PM
    Games stops days are numbered and they know it. Within 10 years all games will be bought and sold digitally. Besides my Asus infinity pad is more powerful, looks nicer and is way less chunky that thing lol.
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    Borisblade7 , September 8, 2012 11:46 PM
    500 bux is a bit much, 299 seems moer appropriate since i can get those specs on a 7 inch tablet for 199, maybe 349 at most but 499 is way too much. I can just use any android tablet and a wireless controller for far less and get all that stuff anyway.
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    Kami3k , September 9, 2012 2:04 AM
    I thought the name at first had to do with wikipedia.....
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    therabiddeer , September 9, 2012 5:20 AM
    So a 10" nexus7 with a controller adapter for $499? I could see like $349 tops since the 16GB Nexus 7 is $249. Even then, thats a hard market because 10.1" is hardly portable when compared to a PSVita or a DS.
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    deadl4st , September 9, 2012 7:52 AM
    I couldn't even see myself remotely interested at $199...
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    gigantor21 , September 9, 2012 12:11 PM
    $500? Seriously?

    People think the Vita is too expensive at half that price. And as several people have pointed out, you can save big by just getting another tablet and a controller separately. Talk about a piss-poor reading of the market.

    I'll be amazed if this doesn't fall flat on it's face.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , September 9, 2012 2:03 PM
    This...is probably doomed. I could maybe see grabbing it at a fire sale and using it to play old Gameboy games...
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    cindybisv , September 9, 2012 5:20 PM
    Just get an attachable game shield for iPad at $99!
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    razor512 , September 10, 2012 4:08 AM
    I think I will stick with using my wireless PS3 controller with my android tablet
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    tapnick , September 10, 2012 3:58 PM
    Can we just get a universal controller adapter for all tablets instead?