As the mobile gaming industry grows, the demand of mobile gaming is increasing rapidly. We have seen a lot of cool games that is only available on portable OS such as iOS and Android, which allow users to use the touchscreen interface to play. However, playing on a button-less interface is not fun. I believe a lot of mobile gamers feel the same, that’s why there are literally hundreds of gaming accessories created for gamers to feel their games on their tablet or smartphone. We have seen some of them here, e.g. Drone controller or Mini Joystick-it (browser more on Gaming Gadgets). Their goal is to give gamers a feedback on their game, instead of touching on that cool smooth surface without tactile feedback.
Perhaps Archos see this problem as a nice chance for them to make money. Recently, Archos has launched a gaming device called Archos GamePad, which is a new gaming console that drop into the class of PSP and NDS. The difference is, Archos GamePad is powered by Android 4.0 ICS OS. This gamepad will let gamers play their games like in PSP, and literally get access to thousands of games in Google Play.
Archos GamePad is powered by dual core 1.5Ghz CPU, paired with quad core Mali 400 MP GPU, as well as a 7-inch capacitive display. It also coming with a special feature called automatic game recognition and mapping tools. This is a patented technology to make sure that the control will compatible with most Android games.
Of course, there is a limitation to this feature as not ALL games will compatible. For incompatible games, you can still play with them via the touchscreen like you would with a common tablet or smartphone.
“Thanks to the mapping and automatic game recognition systems included on the GamePad, we already have over a thousand android games compatible with the ARCHOS GamePad’s physical controls, including back catalog titles that originally didn’t include physical controls.” – Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO
Archos GamePad is set to be available within Europe for under EUR150 (about US$188) on October 2012, but no idea what’s the actual pricing for US market yet. If you love to play games on your Android mobile phone, this baby is going to blow you away. Plus, if you have some programming skills, you might be able to let this GamePad run emulators (SNES, PSX, etc.)