Archos Unveils the GamePad, a 7-Inch Gaming Tablet

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Archos has presented a 7″ Android tablet focused right to hardcore adventurers who like physical buttons and joysticks around touchscreen controls. Referred to as the “GamePad,” the tablet facilitates game controller APIs included in variation 4.x of Android, along with its private controller “mapping” software package that blends with games with out controller assistance.

Archos gaming tablet was not too precise with regards to the tablet’s technical specs, expressing it comes provided with a 7″ capacitive touch-screen, maybe 1280×800 pixels, along with a 1.5GHz dual-core central processing unit. The central processing unit really does feature an designed Mali-400MP quad-core GPU, however, that must present reputable 3D gaming general performance. (Really bad Archos did not go with the much more terrific Mali-T658). The unit at the same time comprises an incorporated D-pad, ABXY buttons, and two analog thumbsticks for video gaming phase.

Players have long reported the absence of physical controls on touch-screen units from the time that the roll-out of the iPhone 3G and then Apple’s iOS App Store in 2008. Though companies such as ThinkGeek, Ion, plus Gametel have worked with to acquire add-ons to manage the negative aspect, Archos’ GamePad is considered the 1st Android tablet computer function-built for game playing.

The GamePad might not have ever happened had it not been for Google’s decision to support game controllers natively in the latest versions of Android. “When Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ was first released, they included game controller support within the frameworks,” Henri Crohas, Archos Founder and CEO said in a statement. “And that is when we decided to build the GamePad.”

Archos has been working with game developers for the last six months to include native support for Android’s controller APIs. However, it has prepared for games that don’t support those APIs by building its own software to recognize virtual game controls and automatically map them to the physical controls. Archos said that over 1,000 games available through the Google Play Store are already supported, “including back catalog titles that originally didn’t include physical controls.”

The Archos GamePad goes on sale at the end of October for €150, or roughly $200.

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