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Archos threw its hat into the videogames domain at IFA this week, introducing a 7in slate with dual thumbsticks and dedicated gaming buttons. The Archos GamePad packs a 7in capacitive touchscreen, is powered by a 1.5GHz processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which unlike predecessor platforms now supports game …

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Zodiac

Hasn't been a decent successor to the TapWave device yet - maybe this is it.

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A patent breech

If ever there was one.

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That looks a very nifty bit of kit

Anybody know about storage, MicroSD slot etc? Am looking for a smaller tablet to complement my asus transformer and the gaming controls look very nifty.

Nintend-who? I'll stick to a multi-function tablet methinks.

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Re: That looks a very nifty bit of kit

I use a Nexus 7, an OTG cable and a generic PC game controller. Very clunky but it works, more or less.

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Re: That looks a very nifty bit of kit

There was some chap on Reddit a while back who had developed a kit to clip a PS3 6axis controller to an android device. It made for quite a cool portable gaming rig. I think there is a kickstarter for it but I am too lazy to look.

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Phone version

I love the look of this tablet, but would avoid since Archos support is terrible.

I have an Xperia Play which I love but it is started to get long in the tooth (wear and tear and low memory issues). I'd love to get a phone like this, heck even a bluetooth case like this would do.

Any idea's?

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Nev

Good price point for a leave-it-lying-around-the-house interweb gadget...

If TuneIn runs well it'll make a good WiFi "radio" too....

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right up my street. Was looking at a similar device on android-sale the other day, but I think I will hang on for this to come out instead.

Reminds me of the GP2X, Caanoo etc

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Apple can't sue

Too many buttons :-) for Apple (not too many for gamers)

[Lack of] Availability of compelling games is the issue with all new handheld gaming platform.

How General purpose is it too? Has it got decent resolution or the same dots as a 4" approx screen?

It would want to be more open than the Archos 605 WiFi was.

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PS Vita was D.O.A.

I own a Vita (actually, my son), and it is a sorry excuse for a gaming device. Games are downloadable, like the iPad or other tablets, but instead of costing $1 to $5, they cost up to $40. Absurd! Proprietary flash storage costs $100 for 32GB!

At least with $40 UMD games, you could loan it to a friend or trade the game in when you're done playing it. And you can only play downloaded games on up to 2 Vitas (not that anyone would own that many), while iOS games can be played on every iPod, iPad and iPhone you own.

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Re: PS Vita was D.O.A.

if you want $5 shovelware like angry turds then you have the option to use PSN. Games are still available in highstreet stores for the main releases and tend to cost $40 as they last more than 5 mins and you don't need to buy in game 'cash' to progress.

You also seem to have negated the fact that iOS devices are superceeded every other month, what iPad is knocking about now iPad 3...4?

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Good but...

Archos missed a trick here - if they'd designed it so that the 'tablet' could pop out of the 'surround' with the games controls they's have widened the market considerably.

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Hell, you need to patent that idea.

I have a Nexus 7 and if someone made a game pad that mine clipped into with a battery like you describe for the Archos I would be seriously interested.

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any onscreen controls for touchscreen games will be automatically ported to the device's buttons

any?

That's some meaty automation!

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Real pic please

A shot of a poor render is hardly newsworthy.

Also as i'm sure you will never mention as its another site, Eurogamer looked at the specs and found it to be "nowhere near" the Vita.

Its an android phone with buttons, without the phone bits.

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>Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which unlike predecessor platforms now supports game controllers.

Android has supported the PC dongle and wireless Xbox 360 controllers since Honeycomb....loads of other HCI gaming devices too. Selected earlier devices also supported HCI, at the whim of their OEM - typically it was pre-Honeycomb tablets...

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