Archos has announced the retail availability of the highly anticipated GamePad, a new kind of tablet that combines physical gaming button controls and an Archos patented mapping tool with a full Android-powered tablet experience.
A thin and light Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device, the GamePad also features full access to Google Play and Google Mobile Services and is now available in Europe for Euro 149.99 (about Rs 10500) with a North American release scheduled for early Q1 of next year 2013.
By combining the GamePad’s 14 physical buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks with the revolutionary Archos game mapping tool (which is exclusive to Archos), the GamePad brings the physical aspect back to the gaming experience. Adding to the experience is the 16 million colors, seven inch, five point capacitive, 1024 x 600 pixel screen. It has a 8 GB of internal memory with microSD slot for up to 64 GB of additional space.
At only 10 mm (0.3 inch) thin and with a weight of 330g (0.7 lbs), the Archos GamePad is the perfect on the go gaming console.
Due to the revolutionary Archos mapping tool, even back catalog games that weren’t made for physical controls can work with the physical controls of the Archos GamePad; ‘map’ any on-screen virtual control to the physical controls of the GamePad for hundreds of games within the tool or use its drag-and-drop interface to ‘map’ any game in seconds. You can watch a video here about use of this new mapping tool.
“Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touch-screen experience,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of Archos. “We feel this area of gaming is proven and will continue to grow. With the introduction of the GamePad we are uniquely positioned to feed the demand of gamers who want a better gaming experience on a tablet.”