When we first caught wind of the Wikipad at CES, we picked up the distinct scent of vaporware. In the months since, we've seen the ten-inch tablet with detachable controls get games via Gaikai and from PlayStation Mobile, plus an impressive list of specs. And now we know it'll cost $500 and will officially be available on October 31st exclusively at GameStop. Of course, you don't have to wait until then to call dibs on your Halloween treat, as those willing to plunk down five bills early can reserve one via pre-order starting tomorrow. That's quite a chunk of change, especially considering the cost of other gamified Android tablets, but it does have an impressive set of internals, and it's tough to put a price on having Jelly Bean out of the box, right?
WIKIPAD COMING TO GAMESTOP OCTOBER 31, 2012
GameStop Launches Pre-Order Program with Exclusive Content
LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012-GameStop (NYSE: GME), the world's largest
multichannel retailer of video games, has partnered with Wikipad, Inc. to offer the Wikipad
tablet, the first tablet with an attachable console-quality gamepad controller, through its
stores and website. The Wikipad will be available October 31 to consumers at a retailer
price of $499 USD.
"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.
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.
"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."
Wikipad will launch in October with a full suite of games delivered by the latest video
game platforms, including PlayStation®Mobile, NVIDIA's Tegra Zone, Google Play as well
as several upcoming unannounced platforms. To bring the best gaming experience to
consumers, Wikipad will offer a premium 10.1" IPS screen, ultra-light chassis, quad core
processor, expandable memory and an attachable console quality game controller.
For more information on the Wikipad tablet, visit: www.wikipad.com.