OnLive is now working with WikiPad to bring cloud based PC games playable via WikiPad. OnLive is a cloud gaming service that allows users to play games by streaming them to compatible devices, and they have already brought the same games to a number of other controllers.
Users of OnLive can play games in two different ways. The first is that they can use CloudLift and play from an assortment of games, though if the user already owns the game on Steam, they won’t have to buy it again, just pay the $7.95 monthly subscription fee. Users can also use PlayPack.
Wikipad 7, a 7-inch Android gaming tablet, received a price discount of $50 in the U.S bringing the cost from $249 down to $199. The gaming tablet comes pre-installed with popular titles such as Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2. Other territories will soon announce a similar discount later.
In addition, the company has also unveiled a new game control mapping tool that will boost your gaming experience. The tool will allow you to map the touchscreen game controls to the controller. The 7-inch Android 4.2 tablet can also be detached from the controller making it suitable for non-gaming purposes as well.
Read the full press release after the break.
The 7-inch gaming tablet from Wikipad was released in the United States back on June 11, and the company noted that the device would be available internationally later in the summer. That day has finally come, as Wikipad has announced that the tablet will be released to the UK on September 27 for £250. The 7-incher will be available at a number of “well-known retailers” according to Wikipad, and should be widely available at the release date. We’ll just have to wait and see how the launch goes… Anyone in the UK interested in grabbing one? Hit us up in the comments!
Check out the full press release after the break.
It’s been a long ordeal for the Wikipad gaming tablet. They originally unveiled a 10-inch version early last year, which was supposed to launch this past October, but they scrapped it completely in favor of a smaller form factor and and more attractive pricing. This new and improved 7-inch version will finally be available June 11 for $249, which ironically is the first day of E3. What makes the Wikipad very compelling is that not only is it a 7-inch tablet, but the patented gaming controller is detachable. So for those times in which you don’t feel like gaming, you have a sleek 7-inch tablet and you don’t have to worry about the controller getting in the way.
Speaking of the controller, it has all the bells and whistles like you would expect such as dual analog sticks, a d-pad, ABXY buttons, and triggers. It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and you shouldn’t need to worry if developers support it or not. The latest versions of Android support button mapping, so you should be able to play just about any game. It’s also one of the few non-Sony Mobile devices to be PlayStation Mobile certified.
It appears that Wikipad went back to the drawing board after they missed their October launch of the Wikipad gaming tablet. There was a delay because they discovered some issues with the controller. Sometimes a negative is actually a positive and Wikipad listened to potential customers about their proposed price point of $499 was going to be too high. They decided to change plans and make it a 7-inch display (instead of 10-inches) and lower the price to $249. What’s most interesting is that back at CES 2012, they actually showed an 8-inch version. Now the 10-inch is still in the plans, but no word on if or when it will ever be released. For now all the concentration will be on this newer design.
It will feature a 7-inch (1280 x 800) IPS display, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3, a 12-core NVIDIA GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 2MP front facing camera, 4,100mAh battery, micro HDMI, micro USB, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will be 10.67mm thick and weigh 322 grams. It will also be one of the few tablets that is PlayStation Mobile certified. I think this is a good move by Wikipad. It appears to be a solid device with a good price point. I am looking forward to getting my hands on one and when I do, I will certainly let you know my thoughts. WikiPad tells us that we can all expect to get our hands on one in the spring.
Full press release after the break
Originally set to make its debut this morning, the WikiPad gaming tablet has officially been put on hiatus in order to ensure the “first product is the best tablet and entertainment experience at launch.” The tablet, originally available for pre-order since September, is a 10-inch tablet running Android that intends to change the scope of mobile gaming.
The company has said that customers who pre-ordered the device up until today, October 21st, will receive “refined and upgraded bundles” when the device is eventually released. The delay is attributed to the company choosing to take advantage of a “last minute opportunity” which will allow them to “perfect the WikiPad bundle.” Of course there’s no word on when the device will hit stores, so stay tuned for the latest updates. Moreover, you can read the official statement after the break.
The game-changing Wikipad is one step closer to being in the hands of Android gamers everywhere, but one lucky son of a gun was able to see the intriguing tablet in action, courtesy of its creator James Bower. Right off the bat, users are treated to what is a fairly slim and trim profile that is smooth to the touch except for the middle of the back. That section of the device has a square-shaped groove along the back center of the tablet, which is intended to help give it a solid grip. Oh and Bower also touts the groove helps to “keep the tablet cool under stressful gaming power-consumption”.
The big focus of the device is no doubt its performance capabilities and the Wikipad delivers. Powered by a Tegra 3 chip and Jelly Bean, it helps to power games like Cody and a port of famed action-adventure game Max Payne like a true champ. The graphics were fluid as expected, while he controls gave better-than-expected results– thanks to comfortable dual analog sticks and responsive buttons. One minor critique may be the fact the tablet plus controller dock can possibly make the complete unit a little heavier than some would like. Then again, it’s assumed most people won’t be playing on the Wikipad for hours on end.
You can see more pictures and details of the hands-on when you hit the source link below.
The Wikipad is a different kind of Android tablet, made with gamers in mind. Having impressive specs such as a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and a 10.1 inch IPS display, the Wikipad could be the tablet that hardcore gamers have been waiting for.
What separates the Wikipad from the large selection of Android tablets is the dock that makes the tablet a controller. Of course a game system is worthless without entertaining games made for it. Gamestop is working with game publishers to make exclusive content for the Wikipad, and Sony has already left there stamp on the device giving it PlayStation Certification. It will also have the ability to play streaming games with Gaikai.
PlayStation Mobile is something that I really want other companies to jump on. While HTC has been the only big supporter, that changed today as ASUS and the Wikipad have been announced to be the newest supporter of PlayStation Mobile. I obviously don’t need to tell you how big this is for ASUS as they’re one of the top Android tablet vendors out there, but if you’re unfamiliar with the lesser-known Wikipad, you can check out our post about the gaming device here.
This move will definitely bolster the gaming capabilities of several popular ASUS devices such as the Transformer Prime and Nexus 7. What do you guys think of this move? I’m sure ASUS tablet owners will love this news!
Gaming fans interested in bringing the game experience down to a more personal, portable scale should have a new option hitting the market soon. Wikipad is planning to release a new tablet named after the company sometime before the end of the year. They recently showed off the latest iteration of the device to VentureBeat and shared specs for the device which include: