GameStop Begins Selling Tablets Pre-Loaded With Games

GameStop Begins Selling Tablets Pre-Loaded With Games

Nov 1, 2011

The details of Gamestop’s tablet program have finally been unveiled, and they’re quite different from what was expected. GameStop is simply getting into the business of selling Android tablets, though they will come with several Android games preinstalled. The three tablets that they will be selling are the Acer A100 for $329, the Asus Transformer for $399, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $499. The last two tablets will be available with a Bluetooth controller for playing games on the tablets.

The games that will be available? They are Dead Space (making its Android debut after an excellent iOS version), Cordy, Riptide, Monster Madness, Re-Load, the Kongregate Arcade App, and a timed exclusive launch of Sonic CD for Android. The controller will work with Cordy, Sonic CD, Riptide, and Monster Madness. Some of these games are already available on the Android Market as well.

GameStop may be missing a real opportunity here to launch their own tablet. The Kindle Fire hype has shown that interest in a low-cost tablet does exist, and a gaming-focused product could be of potential interest. Instead, these tablets are competing with the iPad on cost and features, and a few pre-installed games might not be enough to push interest in favor of these devices. Still, the lack of physical controls is what often off-puts those unfamiliar with touchscreen gaming, and this could be a great introduction with a controller available. As well, unlike the Kindle Fire, there is actual access to the Android Market, so these aren’t limited devices at all. They’re just tablets that GameStop is trying to push gaming on.

Still, the Android Market does lag behind the App Store as a gaming platform, and Android tablets have had their sales issues. Can GameStop manage to help push Android gaming forward, along with tablet sales, through their sale of Android tablets? Time will tell. The pilot program has launched on GameStop’s website and in 200 GameStop stores.

GameStop Launching an Android Tablet – Could it be a Hub for Streaming Gaming?

GameStop Launching an Android Tablet – Could it be a Hub for Streaming Gaming?

Sep 13, 2011

The hip thing to do nowadays is for retailers to sell their own Android tablets. Barnes & Noble is doing it with the Nook Color. Amazon’s about to launch their own. And now, GameStop is about to launch one? At first glance this may not make sense, but there are parallels and reasons that make this make sense for GameStop, and why their tablet could be very interesting.

While games and books have been at war for decades as the latter is seen as a ‘classier’ entertainment choice than gaming is, consider the running threads between book retailers and a game retailer like GameStop. Both have peddled largely in distribution of a physical product that is now at risk of disappearing due to the advantages of digital distribution. In a an attempt to make sure that if and when physical distribution becomes unviable, book and game retailers need to latch on to digital distribution mechanisms. Barnes & Noble and Amazon have done so with their Nook and Kindle services respectively, and are launching Android tablets to help support sales of them, with stores for selling apps through them. Why can’t GameStop do the same thing? I’m not just talking about selling games through their own app store. I’m talking about what  they could do with their Spawn Labs and Impulse holdings.

Spawn Labs is a company known for their Spawn HD-720 box that allows players to hook up their consoles and play over the internet on any computer. Impulse is a game streaming service similar to OnLive and Gaikai, that GameStop owns and operates. Especially as PC gaming has been taken over by digital distribution, GameStop has been looking for their own entry point into this market. Why not have it be through a low-cost Android tablet? Sell a device that doesn’t have to be excessively powerful, just powerful enough to handle the streams of games that GameStop would offer, be they Impulse PC games or Spawn console games. Bundle it with a controller, and Offer AV and HDMI outputs, and players have a device that could be hooked up to any TV, easily, with the ability to play their games anywhere. It would also serve as an anchor for Spawn and Impulse services, as people would be more likely to shell out for games and devices on that service rather than OnLive, Gaikai, or even purchasing them on Steam. It would be a great way to introduce people to the service without any difficulty. In short, it could be the killer hook that GameStop needs to help launch their service, and give people a reason to buy their tablet.

Source: Joystiq