Gamers are getting another custom-made tablet designed for portable gaming. Gamestop launched a specialized controller for tablets last fall and continues to sell Tegra-powered devices in over 1,000 stores across the country. Now Wikipad has partnered with cloud gaming service Gaikai on a gaming tablet that has a console-quality gamepad controller. The partnership will see the Gaikai client integrated into the tablet, making game streaming available to Wikipad users.
Cloud gaming is changing the way video games are consumed. In the recent past, gamers have to either drive to a store, wait for games to arrive in the mail, or download games, which can take as long as visiting the store itself. Cloud gaming removes the friction and makes games -- no matter how large -- appear instantly. The Wikipad is capable of running games locally but will also offer extremely high performance games from Gaikai’s cloud gaming platform. Without cloud gaming, many incredible console quality games could never appear on tablets.
“We chose to partner with Gaikai’s game streaming service for its leading performance, graphics, and content,” stated Fraser Townley, President of Sales for Wikipad. “It is the leading game streaming solution with the best library of AAA games and we are thrilled to offer these high quality experiences to our users where Gaikai’s network is deployed.”
“The Wikipad is one of the most exciting devices for gaming to date. The tablet was designed with the needs of gamers in mind, enhancing the mobile gaming experience with a set of controls on par with today’s consoles and PC gamepads, enabling gameplay mechanics that have been previously unavailable with just touchscreen controls,” said Robert Stevenson, EVP of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at Gaikai.
The Wikipad tablet offers a combination of HD graphics, optional 3G module and game console style controls that feature dual-analog sticks as well as a d-pad and video game buttons. Wikipad also features a unique Wi-Fi Direct optional accessory which will allow games to be played on HDTV monitors or televisions, allowing players to use the tablet as a portable console gamepad as well as a premium Android tablet. The tablet will feature a 10.1” screen, ultra-light chassis, optional 3G antenna for mobile provider subscriptions and a quad core processor.
Gaikai has spent over three years building the fastest interactive cloud network in the world, instantly capable of delivering cutting-edge games without the need for any extra custom hardware or software. Coupled with relationships with the top video game and development partners around the world, Gaikai is capable of delivering a broad catalog of the world’s most exciting games straight to consumers across the web including social networks like Facebook or on any Internet connected device including televisions, set -top boxes or tablets.