Some of you, who are at least as old as I am, remember when playing a video game meant using a joystick. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time playing video games on various consoles. While it wasn’t the same experience as using the joystick that came with the earliest video game consoles, (or the ones in the arcades), the newer ones did still have buttons to push and a small joystick to use to maneuver around the game.
Today, all of my gaming is done online. My keyboard and mouse have replaced the joystick and controller from “back in the day”. Sometimes, I miss it. Apparently, I’m not the only one with this sense of nostalgia. ARCHOS has created a GamePad tablet that has 14 real buttons to push and two actual “thumb-sticks” to use while you are playing. ARCHOS puts the “hands-on”, physical, experience back into gaming! Use the exclusive ARCHOS game mapping to designate which buttons you want to use to do a certain thing within a particular game.
The ARCHOS GamePad is the first true Android console. Its operating system is Google Certified Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The tablet has 3D graphics thanks to its quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU that is paired with a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU. It’s got 8GB of internal memory, with a microSD slot, or up to 64GB of additional space.
The GamePad has a 16 million color, five point capacitive, 1024 x 600 pixel screen. You can use its mini-HDMI port to connect the GamePad to your TV if you really want to go for a big screen viewing of the game, (or just want the nostalgia of sitting in front of your TV with a gaming controller in your hand, like when you were a kid). The GamePad also features full access to Google Play, which has 700,000 apps and games, and includes DRM support for downloading books, movies, music, and more.
If you live in Europe, you can pick up an ARCHOS GamePad right now for 149.99€ . Gamers in North America will have to wait a bit. The North American release is scheduled for early Q1 of 2013.
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