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Wikipad coming to US on June 11

The 7-inch gaming tablet finally hits North America

Wikipad, Inc has announced that its 7-inch Wikipad gaming tablet will be available in the United States on June 11, 2013, for $249. The tablet features a 7-inch 1280x800 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and WikiPad's tablet controller dock.

"The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry. 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," said Wikipad chairman Matthew Joynes.

"There is no other mobile device on the market that possesses Wikipad's unique functionality and versatility and all available with full warranty and customer support at an entry level price point," said Wikipad president of sales Fraser Townley.

The first retailers to carry the tablet will be online outlets: Wal-Mart.com, BestBuy.com, and TigerDirect. Wikipad will be announcing further retailers and launch dates for other territories after E3.

The Wikipad was originally envisioned as a 10-inch tablet with gaming controller, but changes in the tablet market forced the company to switch to a 7-inch model. The current model was originally planned for spring 2013 launch.

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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development3 years ago
"The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry"

My money says it doesn't. I do hate this media speak garbage, let's let time be judge.
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development3 years ago
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
Wow, time to "quickly disseminate customer directed communities" then Paul :D
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development3 years ago
Indeed. We've thought long and hard on that subject, but for our next game launch we've decided to interactively e-enable worldwide potentialities...

lol
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Andreia Quinta Creative & People Photographer, Studio52 London3 years ago
"The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry"
I have to go with Paul, it's just another fad. Time will tell.

(I bookmarked that link, it's amazing!)
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
But Andreia, the Wikipad represents an energistically embraced stand-alone customer experience that generates 1.21 jiggawatts of fungibly conceptualized methods of empowerment over a broad consortium of intangible disintermediate meta constructs.

You can't argue with that. It's inevitable.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
The Gameboy with its black and white 4 color palette(that you couldnt see in the dark either) and tiny speaker trumped the Turbo Express, Sega Game Gear, Atari Lynx, Wonder Swan And Neo Geo Pocket. For 249$ its hardly a deal maker for me.

I just think these hardware manufacturer dont understand games, they think huge specs will result in great games and lots of money, which is not true.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 5th June 2013 1:48pm

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Doug McFarlane Co-Owner, KodeSource3 years ago
What we need is an open-source controller api for Android. Then get all controller based Android devices to utilize this api (such as the OUYA, GameStick, etc). Games would offer compatibility with this common api, and therefore would be able to be played on all new controller based hardware. Then various snap-on controllers could be manufactured to be used with specific Android tablets and phones that would look similar to the Wikipad, and have physical buttons and analog/digital pads. I need my tactile feedback!
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Dave Wolfe Game Developer, Cosmic Games3 years ago
@Doug Android has had a game controller API since 3.1.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
"Objectively optimize cross-media convergence"... Oh man, I'm using that generator link for my Xbox One articles from now on...

Anyway, I tried the larger model WikiPad last year - it's a fine device and all (as in it works as advertised without the hype-wordy stuff), but even at the new, more popular size, it's at the new bottom on a very steep hill. Unless a lot of its better known competition dries up and blows away in a hurry, it'll be scrambling from day one.

Of course, if the industry wasn't so addicted to how fast something sells as opposed to products selling at their own pace and finding their niches, well... it might do better than it's probably going to do.

But as usual... we shall see...
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