All tablets can play games, but not all models are designed for it. The WikiPad is the exception: this inexpensive Android device was created from the ground up for gaming, and will include a set of physical buttons and a joystick.
“Wikipad’s tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad,” promised Matthew Joynes, Chairman of Wikipad Inc.
In addition to the thousands of games available from Google Play, users of this device will have access PlayStationMobile games from Sony and TegraZone — Nvidia’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor.
Games and More
What will set the WikiPad apart for the general run of tablets will be a detachable gamepad controller with dual joysticks, a D-pad, and other buttons.
Because the game controls are removable, this device will be useable for other tasks, from watching movies to word processing.
The tablet portion will have a 7-inch IPS touchscreen with 1280 x 800 resolution. There is going to be a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.
The Wikipad will debut running Android 4.1 on an Nvida Tegra 3 quad-core processor, with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD memory card slot.
Price and Availability
The WikiPad is going to launch in the U.S. a week from today, on June 11. A U.K. and global launch is planned for this summer.
It is going to cost $250, making it quite competitive with other 7-inch tablets that don’t come with a set of gaming controls.
This product was originally scheduled to be introduced last fall with a 10-inch display, then the release was delayed. In February, the company announced that it had decided to go with a 7-inch version instead.
Those who are looking for a gaming tablet that runs Windows instead of Android should read our Razer Edge Pro Review.