Two big moves in the tablet gaming space for one game retailer have been confirmed today.
GameStop has selected an Android tablet model to serve as their “official” gaming platform next year. These tablet models will launch with some titles pre-installed.
“We’re in test phase right now,” GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamesIndustry.biz. “But we’re excited at the prospect of coming out with this tablet. I would call it a ‘GameStop certified gaming platform.’ We looked at all the tablets and these are the ones that really worked for gaming and we’re going to give you a few benefits that you’re not going to get elsewhere.”
The eventual intent for the tablet will be for it to stream console games (using the service they’re developing with recently-acquired Spawn Labs). The unit will ship with a special controller for this purpose.
GameStop will also begin to accept Apple devices running iOS (iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads in working condition with no cosmetic defects) for store credit, Gamasutra reported. At least when you’re ready for your yearly upgrade (if you subscribe to that school of thought, anyway), you can get video games with it instead of a reasonable amount of cash from someone on Craigslist. I guess at least this is safer.