From piles of used games to jam-packed midnight software and hardware launches, GameStop is a sizable video game retail juggernaut. So why is it considering building its own gaming tablet?
Sure, gimmicky games like Angry Birds can make millions of dollars and are challenging the notion of what a game is and worth, but that doesn't mean everyone's interested in the 99-cent app. GameStop, a company mostly in the business of selling physical games thinks it can do better and create a world-class gaming tablet that will let you demo any game before you buy it.
Tony Bartel, president of GameStop says:
"If we can work with our partners and the OEMs and they come up with a great tablet that is enabled with a great gaming experience and coupled with a bluetooth controller, then there's no need to go out and develop our own. But if we can't find one that's great for gaming, then we will create our own."
But what is a great gaming experience on a tablet? Playing Infinity Blade? Tilting to drive in Asphalt HD? Hooking an iPad up to an HDTV for a home console style experience? We're not even sure yet.
In a tablet market where Apple's App Store reigns king for easy access to thousands of "games," is there room for GameStop to join the fray? With Sony rumored to also be preparing its PlayStation Certified tablet by the end of summer/this year, the 3DS already released worldwide and the NGP slated to arrive in at least one region this year, attempting to make a gaming tablet might prove difficult given the already extensive selection of devices for gamers to get their fix on.