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Archos GamePad For Android Gamers Tired Of Touchscreens

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We were less than impressed with Archos' last attempt to provide Android users with a hardware alternative to a touchscreen UI. Its Gen10 XS tablet packed a nifty keyboard/cover combo, but everything else was downhill from there. So maybe the company has learned from its mistakes and can deliver a solid handheld gaming experience with its just announced Android GamePad.

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Hoping to squeeze its way into a dwindling market already dominated by Nintendo and Sony, the seven-inch GamePad will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich letting it take advantage of a set of built-in physical controls—including what looks to be a pair of analog joysticks, a pair of four-way directional pads, and a requisite set of shoulder buttons. Powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU serving up graphics, the GamePad also packs an HDMI connection essentially turning it into a portable console. When it's available sometime in October with an expected price tag of less than $188 (€150) it will also have full access to the Google Play market and be compatible with hundreds of titles at launch—-although the quality of those games might pale in comparison to what you'd find on the PSP or 3DS. [Archos (PDF)]

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darkforcesjedi

"although the quality of those games might pale in comparison to what you'd find on the PSP or 3DS"

I agree, but the situation is kind of a catch 22. No one makes the games because there are no devices to play them on, but the devices don't exist because no one makes the games. The only real solution is for a manufacturer to partner with one or more developers to make sure quality content is available at the same time. Why would anyone buy this when all the games on android are like Angry Birds and various knockoffs of Bejeweled?