Gaming retailer GameStop has recently announced that it has started selling a new batch of Android tablets in more than 1600 stores across the United States, as well as via its online store. Back in October, when GameStop first started selling Android tablets, those were available in only 200 stores. Apparently, as the Android tablet business is starting to become more closely connected to the game retail business, major retailers are planning to make full use of this convergence.
Without further ado, here is the list of Android tablets now available for purchase at GameStop stores, along with their retail price:
- Asus Transformer Prime: $499,99
- 10.1-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer: $349,99
- Acer Iconia Tab A200: $299,99
- 7-inch Acer Iconia (8GB): $229,99
- 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy tab (16GB): $399,99
- Toshiba Excite 10: $449,99
In addition to the list above, GameStop also sells refurbished original iPads for $285. According to GameStop, all tablets will come bundled with significant (“valuable” was the official word for it) extras, such free copies of Sonic CD and Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app, as well as a free copy of Game Informer Digital.
Although this might currently seem insignificant for Android tablet sales worldwide, GameStop’s decision to specifically target the Android tablet gaming market is yet another indicator that tablet gaming might very well be the way of the future for mobile gaming.
Aided by quad-core processors, increasingly powerful GPUs, and the attention of game developers worldwide, tablets are becoming increasingly capable of handling complicated game mechanisms and cutting edge graphics. In fact, GameStop seems to believe that Android is the best OS for mobile gaming, as they have previously announced that their in-house developed tablet will be running Google’s mobile operating system, although the device is yet to be revealed to the public.
What are your takes on Android tablet gaming? Is gaming on an Asus Transformer Prime equally satisfying as on specialized devices such as the Nintendo 3DS or the Sony PlayStation Vita? Drop us a comment in the section below and let us know what you make of it!