Featured: Wikipad Gaming Tablet resurfaces; Promises console quality game streaming through Gaikai

 

Lets all be honest. We've all played a video game here and there. With the tablet revolution this past year its only made games that much more part of our lives. I will be the first to say that I really picked up games on my android device once I jumped into the g2x with Nvidia's tegra 2 processor. However, once I got my transformer prime a month ago, housing the tegra 3 quad-core processor I really started to change how and when I play my games. I find myself ever so slightly drawing myself away from my console and picking up my tablet to knock out a few hours ( or 6 if I'm really feeling productive... don't judge me!) of gameplay. Wikipad looks to capitalize on this wave of the growing popular market of tablet gaming with their very own gaming tablet.

 

The tablet will be produced as a focused portable gaming unit rather than a traditional tablet with slate design. So we can expect to have an easy time using this device. It should come as no surprise that it will have the operational D-pad, dual analog sticks, and trove of buttons for maximum gaming capabilities. While on-screen touch controls is nice for some games and all, sometimes you just can't substitute for an actual gamepad feel. You players of shadowgun know what im talking about. The gamepad just feels better. If you're afraid that wikipad spent all its time and resources on design, fear not. They gave some much needed love to the specs and features of the device as well. Sporting a 10.1 inch display so you can game on with easy view, this gamepad tablet will also come equipped with a quad core processor and for those of you who want to truly game on the go anywhere, optional 3G. Not bad if you prefer to play over the cloud streaming instead of locally on the device. That's right I said cloud streaming. Did I not mention that wikipad announced they will be partnering with gaikai to bring us gaming in the cloud? Yea, it's got that too. Those of you familiar with onlive know what the cloud based gaming is like, and can probably expect the same from this device when its released.

 

Sadly with all this enticing information, there's still no word on the grapevine on what games will be thrown out at launch, or even a release date of this truly amazing sounding device. I suspect it won't be too far off though as summer is right round the corner. Check the full press release after the break! DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!

 

GAIKAI AND WIKIPAD PARTNER TO DELIVER CLOUD GAMING ON THE WORLD'S FIRST GAMING TABLET

(Cision (English) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Innovative Tablet Maker Wikipad Partners with Gaikai as the Provider for Streaming High-end Console Quality Games Directly onto its State-of-the -Art Media Tablet LOS ANGELES, CA - May 2, 2012 -Gaikai (Gaikai cloud gaming), the innovative cloud gaming service, today announces the signing of a partnership with Wikipad Inc., makers of the first tablet to offer an attachable, console-quality gamepad controller. The partnership will see the Gaikai client integrated into the tablet, making game streaming available to Wikipad users.

Cloud gaming is changing the way video games are consumed. Today gamers have to either drive to a store, wait for games to arrive in the mail, or download games, which can take as long as visiting the store itself. Cloud gaming removes the friction and makes games — no matter how large — appear instantly. The Wikipad is capable of running games locally but will also offer extremely high performance games from Gaikai's cloud gaming platform. Without cloud gaming, many incredible console quality games could never appear on tablets.

"We chose to partner with Gaikai's game streaming service for its leading performance, graphics, and content," stated Fraser Townley, President of Sales for Wikipad. "It is the leading game streaming solution with the best library of AAA games and we are thrilled to offer these high quality experiences to our users where Gaikai's network is deployed." "The Wikipad is one of the most exciting devices for gaming to date. The tablet was designed with the needs of gamers in mind, enhancing the mobile gaming experience with a set of controls on par with today's consoles and PC gamepads, enabling gameplay mechanics that have been previously unavailable with just touchscreen controls," said Robert Stevenson, EVP of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at Gaikai. The Wikipad concept was announced earlier this year with an enthusiastic response from gamers and press at CES 2012. The tablet offers the first-of-its-kind combination of HD graphics, optional 3G module and game console style controls that feature dual-analog sticks as well as a d-pad and video game buttons. Wikipad also features a unique Wifi-Direct optional accessory which will allow games to be played on HDTV monitors or televisions, allowing players to use the tablet as a portable console gamepad as well as a premium Android tablet.

Wikipad has listened to feedback from gamers worldwide since CES and will launch its tablet with a full suite of the latest immersive entertainment features and enhanced specifications including replacing the 8.1″ version with a premium 10.1″ screen, ultra-light chassis, optional 3G antenna for mobile provider subscriptions and a quad core processor. The official launch date for the enhanced Wikipad has yet to be announced.

 

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Lover of food, craft beer, movies, travel, and all things tech. Video games have always been a passion of his due to their ability to tell incredible stories, and home automation tech is the next big interest, in large part because of the Philips Hue integration with Razer Chroma. Current Device: Google Pixel.