GameStop promised earlier this year that they would be getting involved in tablets in some form or fashion, but they will do it with gamers in mind. Some expected GameStop to launch their own Android tablet for gamers, but that’s not what has happened just yet. GameStop has begun selling tablets from a wide-range of manufacturers through their website and inside their retail stores, and for three particular Android Honeycomb tablets the video game retailer has special gamer bundles available for purchase.
When discussing tablets and their impact on their business earlier this year GameStop CEO, Tony Bartel, mentioned that his company was interested in getting a tablet to market with a wireless controller. In their Android tablet gamer bundles GameStop has made sure to include wireless controllers as well as seven digital games.
The controller included in the bundles uses Bluetooth for wireless communication with the tablets and the key layout resembles that of the Sony PlayStation Dualshock controller. As for the games GameStop has pre-installed Dead Space, Re-Load, Sonic CD, Monster Madness, Riptide GP, Cordy, and the Kongregate Arcade App.
Tablets offered with the gamer bundle
GameStop sells the 7″ Acer Iconia Tab A100, 10.1″ Asus Eee Pad Transformer and 10.1″ Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with controller+7 games. Pricing for the tablets ranges from well below $400 up to near $550. The Acer tablet is priced at $369.98, the Asus tablet is listed for $439.98 and the Samsung tablet is available in the GameStop exclusive bundle for $539.98. –Compared to a XBOX 360 or PlayStation 3 these aren’t small purchases.The Acer Iconia Tab A100 (manufacturer page) features 8GB of built-in storage, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processing chip, 1GB of RAM, dual cameras, mini-HDMI, microSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and the 7″ LCD boasts a resolution of 1024 x 600.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer (manufacturer page) packs 16GB of built-in storage, the 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core chip, 1GB of RAM, dual cameras, microSD, mini-HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS LCD.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (manufacturer page) it features 16GB of built-in storage, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processing chip, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Samsung TouchWiz customizations, and it’s 10.1″ PLS (IPS-like) display boasts a resolution of 1280 x 800.
You can order the tablet bundles straight from the GameStop website, but you’ll only have your order shipped if you’ve got a U.S. address (no Puerto Rico or PO Box or APO/FPO addresses are acceptable).