ARCHOS GamePad Delivers Hardware Controls on Android Tablet

Android users looking for a tablet designed for gaming should take note of ARCHOS GamePad, a new 7-inch tablet with built in phsyical game controls which should work with most high-end Android games.

The ARCHOS GamePad delivers hardware game controls on both sides of the screen, including what appears to be two joysticks, a D-Pad and a set of four (X,Y,A,B) buttons.

ARCHOS will ship the GamePad with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the first Android OS to support controllers on a full scale. a 1.5GHz dual core processor and a Maili 400mp quad-core GPU power the device.

ARCHOS GamePad

The ARCHOS GamePad looks like a giant GameGear.

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The GamePad isa full Google Tablet, so users will see access to the Google Play store for all the same Androdi Tablet apps available on the Nexus 7 and others.

Games that already support third-party hardware controls should work right out of the box, and ARCHOS says it is working on a solution to virtually control games which don’t yet support hardware controllers. ARCHOS founder Henri Crohas says, “we already have over a thousand android games compatible with the ARCHOS GamePad’s physical controls, including back catalog titles that originally didn’t include physical controls.”

The ARCHOS GamePad should arrive in stores in October with a 150 Euro price. That’s approximately $188, $12 less than the Nexus 7 tablet with 8GB of storage.

There’s no confirmation of a U.S. release date for the GamePad, but if this tablet isn’t perfectly suited to line the shelves of GameStop, I don’t know what is.

We’ll be looking for the ARCHOS GamePad at IFA 2012 in Berlin to see if it lives up to the promise of a better Android gaming experience.

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