Archos GamePad to launch in the U.S. next month, price revealed

Archos GamePad to launch in the U.S. next month, price revealed
What happens when you blend a 7-inch Android tablet with a gaming controller? Well, you get something like the Archos GamePad – a peculiar little gadget that is already on sale in parts of Europe, reportedly selling better than its maker anticipated. With its arsenal of physical buttons, analog sticks, and 4-way d-pad, the device is aimed at gamers who miss the feeling of physical controls when playing their favorite titles. And since it runs on Android, the GamePad can be used as any other tablet for things like surfing the web or socializing online.

But the launch of the Archos GamePad won't be limited solely to the European market. In fact, the device is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. no later than February for a price of $169. That gets you a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 7-inch screen screen with a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, and 8GB of storage. A front-facing camera and a built-in microphone have been thrown in as well. 

Sure, we know that for just a little extra you can get a tablet that is much more capable, such as the Google Nexus 7, but hey, no alternative will offer you physical buttons for gaming. Anyone thinking of checking the Archos GamePad when it is out?

FEATURED VIDEO

6 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1802; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I probably prefer to just use my note 2 as a controller and hook it through my tv HDMI port to play games and movies. But I guess that for a hand held game it sounds good. About like the price range of a Nintendo D's. The archos is more capable computer with better graphics minus 3d but I don't see the quality games like on the Ds. I still might just get the PSP vita. Or a PSP enabled gamepad.

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

169? wow be a nice portable system for sure not just for games but facebook the internet and other things.

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Imagine if Google did this. It would raise the bar in Android gaming. Have 2 models of the Nexus 7; one with controls and one without.

4. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

android become gaming, digital photo frame, comic reader device. wow... a multi purpose mobile device...

5. tanim

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Emulators in this device will be epic

6. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

the gamepad got higher than the nexus 7 in antutu

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.