$250 gamepad-equipped tablet launching June 11

Seven-inch Wikipad arriving on first day of E3 in the United States; release in UK to come later; status of 10-inch version unclear.

The $250 gamepad-equipped, Android-powered Wikipad tablet will launch in the United States on June 11, the first day of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, developers announced today. A United Kingdom launch will follow later this summer.

The Wikipad will be available through the company website, as well as via big-box retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Tiger Direct.

"The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry," Wikipad Inc. chairman Matthew Joynes said in a statement. "Wikipad's tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad."

The Wikipad was originally targeted to launch at GameStop on Halloween, but was later pushed back.

The Wikipad tablet features an attachable dual-analog controller and a 7-inch IPS touchscreen. The device comes with 16GB of memory with a micro SD slot to support an additional 32GB of storage. The Wikipad table boasts an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and is "optimized for cloud gaming."

The Wikipad will support games downloadable through PlayStation Mobile, Nvidia's Tegra Zone, Google Play, OnLive, and other forthcoming platforms.

No mention was made of the previously announced 10-inch Wikipad. In February, Wikipad revealed that the larger model remained in development, but was not the company's focus.

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112 comments
super_voltron
super_voltron

This looks like a cheap Korean knock off of the vita

epeehuman
epeehuman

I tried the Wikipad at the Meltdown Comics demo.  The gameplay was awesome! I was playing Shadowgun on it and there is no comparison to all the tapping and swiping I have to do to play that on my iPad.  Can't even see the darn screen. Wikipad wins hands down.  I'm going to get one.

trollkind
trollkind

There is no target audience for a device like this...
Years and years they try to fabricate a market where there is none ever since they threw people who play a few casual games on their smartphones/tablets into the same pot as "gamers".

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Why in the WORLD would you pay 250$ to something that can only play Phone games?

Or am I missing something? Because as long as Android's/iOS's gaming library consists of shitty mobile games and wannabe-console games from GLU and Gameloft, then this thing has no future in gaming.

For that price, you might aswell get a 3DS, much more value there.

m_kiehl
m_kiehl

But can it play Pokemon?

blackace
blackace

If you already have an IPad, Kindel, or SmartPhone, this isn't even needed. I have all 3 of those, so I'll just pass on this right now.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

with 250$ i can buy a great handheld device like 3DS or PS vita

1RazvanClaudiu
1RazvanClaudiu

Six months ago I've thought tablets were the best gaming devices in the world. Of course, I didn't had a tablet.


After I've bought one and tried a few games including multiplayer FPSs, racing games, RTS, tycoon, poker (Yeah, maybe Zinga Poker was one of the better ones), the famous or infamous Dead Trigger and a few more I've reached the conclusion that tablets are not so cool as I've thought them to be.


So with a controller or not ... there aren't enough quality games to justify purchasing this. If Temple Run 2 and Dead Trigger are the best Android has to offer, no thanks. Oh, and when it comes to premium games like the COD clone and Grand Theft Auto, they are not that cool either. It's a curiosity, it's fun but the appeal to play a shooter on a tablet goes away fast.


FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

A $250 gamepad that supports downloadable games mostly made for mobile devices?  Am I missing something here? This just seems way overpriced and over the top for the experience it is offering.  If I want a portable gaming device dedicated to gaming, I'm getting a 3DS.  Otherwise, my phone is just fine.

csward
csward

Only supports up to 48gb not including the OS. Hmmm, I don't see this being very popular, but it could find a niche crowd if it is marketed correctly or at all.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Is it me or too many video game devices are getting released these days?  And most of these things are for the casual/social/DLC market.  That market is already over-saturated.  Can't wait to see most of these companies failing and going bankrupt while consoles with AAA games continue to be successful.

obsequies
obsequies

nothing screams quality like plastic chrome d-pads

grove12345
grove12345

While i dont see android games as being fun at all. emulators are.

$250 for a powerful 7 inch tablet aint bad. Not sure why people are complaining. If it has HDMI out and 16gb $250 and android 4.3 for just a plain tablet it aint bad.  Dont play games on it then. Nexus 7  and Kindle Fire reach up to like $250 for 32gb version. But lack features

So to me this seems like a great Android tablet. But honestly rather get a Win8 tablet. Do about 1000x more things than a Android and iPad can do combined

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

With so many handhelds (including smartphones), prices should have gone cheaper. :-\

Skirner
Skirner

Hope this will have the same features as Nvidia The Shield, Streaming games from the PC.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

For $250, I won't buy it, but it still seems pretty cool.

And for all of you commenting on the ugly buttons, that is a DETACHABLE controller. Not angry, just wanted to emphasize that it's detachable because it seems like none of the people bitching about it even bothered to read the article.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

I love PS Vita, I will love PS4 and Xbox One, I still love my PC but Will I have any love left for this enigmatic device???? ...hmnmmm doubtfull......

bfa1509
bfa1509

Thats only 100 beans cheaper than the predicted cost of a ps4.

tushwacker
tushwacker

Mobile Gaming: Playing last decade's games today! At retail price! ... I will never understand this market.. I get it that people can get bored when they are away from home and want to play something on their phone.. but I don't get why you would buy something that can't fit in your pocket with the specific purpose of playing crappy games on it.

Prodozul
Prodozul

The Game Gear has returned!

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

The idea is good and the price is good,

but if that's the actual unit... the execution looks terrible.

Be interesting to see what kind of graphics it can produce.

Won't count for much though if it doesn't have the games people want to play.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

just bust another good android tablet and pair it with a blutooth controller. 

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

That's as useless as buying an Android device. Oh wait!

ferretshob
ferretshob

@TohouAsura Tell me if I'm wrong, but it can play Onlive games which is all PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 games.

edinko
edinko

@TohouAsura well it can play all the old consoles games as well via emulation. like PS1 or SNES games. Could be actually fine as a portable PS1

dsvsdvsv
dsvsdvsv

@acelogan1989 I don't know about the 3DS but the PSVita is not that great. The screen on my PSVita has some black spots that can be seen on dark games. Also I had the Vita freeze on my when I use the internet browser and at that point the only thing that will work, you have to let the Vita battery drain and recharge. Not a very good quality product.

super_voltron
super_voltron

@1RazvanClaudiu yes very true and these tablet games constantly try to get you to spend more money. its easy to sell your game for 2 bucks when its low quality and they constantly try to trick players into spending more money.

-ArchAngeL-777-
-ArchAngeL-777-

@1RazvanClaudiu Exactly.  There's a reason these games are cheap, and many are severely limited by the touch controls.  Nothing more frustrating than trying to play Pac Man on an iPhone.  Racing games are a joke as most auto accelerate for you.  There are a few exceptions of course, but for the most part buttons and analog sticks are essential to making good games...always have been.

super_voltron
super_voltron

@grove12345  just get a vita or a 3ds same price or less and your getting better quality games and controls.

VBVCSHARP
VBVCSHARP

@tushwacker Crappy games is just your opinion, older games would be more appropriate.

super_voltron
super_voltron

@edinko @TohouAsura   plays ps1 games and its portable yeah that's called a psp and its a lot cheaper than 250. plus you can get a vita for 250 and that thing is the most powerful portable handheld device on the market.  Hell even a 3ds would be better than this thing.

super_voltron
super_voltron

@edinko @TohouAsura  lol it plays ps1 games you say ouuuuuu (sarcastic tone) yeah that's called a psp  and it's a lot cheaper than 250 . plus you could get a vita for 250 and play ps3 quality games. hell even a 3ds is better than this thing.

super_voltron
super_voltron

@dsvsdvsv @acelogan1989 I had ipads freeze on me while using the browser hell ive had $3000 new pc freeze while using the browser.  As for black spots well its known that high end screens are easily damaged . If it freezes like an other system you can force a reboot. simply hold down the power for 30 seconds or more it will open up a system menu from there you can force a restart or even return to factory settings

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@dsvsdvsv @acelogan1989 i heard that too , usually it happens to the first model. maybe you can send it back to sony and exchange for new model just like my friend did.

1RazvanClaudiu
1RazvanClaudiu

@-ArchAngeL-777- @1RazvanClaudiu - Well, the thing is that the few good games available are limited by content (Temple Run) and the games that are trying to be AAA are hard to control.

I've played a Gears of War clone a few weeks ago and while it was appealing, for a mobile device, it sucked compared to any shooter on the PC.

And it's a shame. I would play $30 for a real game. I would like to play for example Civilization 4 or 5 on a tablet. I have no problem paying retail.

But every game there is a joke compared to what you can find on Steam. And for $10 for a premium game on Google Play, you can get something a lot better on a steam sale. 

metroidhunterx
metroidhunterx

@VBVCSHARP @tushwacker I'll rephrase for him:  Why the hell would anyone want to play games that have already been out for years NOW more than THEN?  They're still too young to be retro, but too old to be relevant.  I also doubt anyone hardcore enough to buy a tablet with a built-in gamepad will get one just to play the few original games there are, being that they're nearly all puzzle games with no buttons required.

VBVCSHARP
VBVCSHARP

@Mr_BillGates Look at me, I'm so hip and trendy with my iPod and my iPhone.  I just took an iPoop and ate it.   Tell me about how unique you are.  :)

edinko
edinko

@super_voltron @edinko @TohouAsura well yes! depends on what you want. I am prettu sure the psp cant play also SNES, mega drive and whatever old games. Depends on what you want