UK retailer GAME has been hunting for ways to stay relevant during a shift to downloadable games -- and now, that includes cribbing some style (just a little!) from Americans. Much like GameStop across the pond, GAME will soon sell a full range of tablets at 150 of its stores. The existing Nexus 7 offering will be joined by the seemingly obligatory 16GB iPad and iPad mini, although the rest of the lineup will be decidedly more frugal: options like the £100 Acer Iconia B1-A71 and £130 Archos GamePad will be bracketed by a raft of mostly DGM-built slates that dip as low as £60. It's difficult to know how the expanded sales will help GAME's bottom line, although the Nexus 7 reportedly fared well enough that it's likely tablets are here to stay.
TABLETS GALORE: GAME INTRODUCES RANGE TO SUIT ALL BUDGETS
The new range has something to suit every taste and budget, starting from just £59.99. As well as the traditional, touch screen tablets, the range also includes an exciting addition, the ARCHOS GamePad.
A turbo-charged version of the traditional tablet, the GamePad features 14 physical control buttons and dual analogue thumb sticks: combining physical and tablet gaming to give users an enhanced experience.
As well as traditional tablet features, including email, internet apps and games, GamePad users will also have access to Google Play TM featuring over 700,000 apps and games. And if this isn't enough, using the revolutionary mapping tool even back catalogue games that weren't made for physical controls can work with the GamePad.
GAME took its first steps into the tablet market in October 2012 with the introduction of the Google Nexus 7. Following the success of this product, the decision to expand the range was simple.
Charlotte Knight Category Director for GAME says: "Tablets are an increasingly popular gaming platform so it's a natural step for us to be at the heart of providing these to the UK gaming community. We are really excited about the GamePad, it's great to be able to offer our customers something that is not only brand new but specifically tailored to gamers."
As well as the GamePad, the full tablet range includes:
DGM T-704S (RRP £59.99)
DGM T-909 (RRP £89.99)
ARNOVA 10D G3 (RRP £99.99)
ACER Iconia B1-A71(RRP £99.99)
ARCHOS GamePad (RRP £129.99)
DGM T-1006 (RRP £149.99)
ASUS Google Nexus 7 32GB (RRP £199.99)
Apple iPad Mini 16GB (RRP £269)
Apple iPad 4 16GB (RRP £399)
If you're a tablet user why not download the GAME Reward App, available on Android, Apple and Windows 8 tablets.
The full tablet range will be stocked in 150 GAME stores and available to order in all GAME stores as well as online at: www.game.co.uk.