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  (Source: slashgear.com)
Launches store on Facebook and tablet could be in the works.

The Apple iPad could soon have competition from an unlikely source. In addition to announcing the launch of its own store on Facebook yesterday, the video game retailer, GameStop is considering developing its own gaming tablet in the very near future.
   
"If we can work with our partners and the OEMs and they come up with a great tablet that is enabled with a great gaming experience and coupled with a Bluetooth controller, then there's no need to go out and develop our own. But if we can't find one that's great for gaming, then we will create our own," said GameStop president, Tony Bartek.

Earlier this week, the company announced that it had just purchased the digital service Impulse and game streaming service Spawn labs.  They have plans to create a gaming tablet that would let customers try any game before buying it, and without having to download or install a demo.

According to Bartek, customers are beginning to consume games, both physically and digitally in a hybrid manner and the company is adapting accordingly. 

"Both of these programs are designed to sell more of the games we sell today," said Bartek.

The company speculates that people are becoming frustrated with the current gaming set-up with Apple and Android devices.

"Our whole premise is there are a lot of people caught up in the 99 cent fray and a lot of people are frustrated by that," said Bartek.  He adds that this is a chance for GameStop to lead the tablet playing field.

A pilot program has already been launched at select GameStop stores in Dallas, which allows customers to trade in their tablet devices for store credit.  The program will begin offering tablet hardware later on in the year, nationwide that allow users to download games through Impulse or stream them through Spawn.

The brass at GameStop predicts that its digital game sales will reach $1.5 billion by 2014.

 



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N-Gauge
By Flunk on 4/8/2011 11:45:03 AM , Rating: 2
This just smacks of what Nokia did with the N-Gauge. Another big company stepping outside of their expertise to launch a game console that will go nowhere.




RE: N-Gauge
By kleinma on 4/8/2011 11:54:11 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, but they do have to do something as a company. They make most of their money off used games, and game makers are doing everything they can to stop the sale of used games. Disc based games will be a thing of the past at some point, and gamestop will go out of business unless they find a way to be relevant.


RE: N-Gauge
By cmdrdredd on 4/10/2011 7:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
Disk based games won't go away. Physical medium is very important for many things. Copyright protection for one, and investment protection for another. Lets say you download a game and you get to install it on one machine. You can't bring that over to a friend's house for a party can you? You have to bring the system it's licensed for...that's bogus. Plus they can protect their copyrighted content better with a disk. It's harder to copy a game off a disk than it is to break a digital distribution license.


RE: N-Gauge
By Amiga500 on 4/11/2011 4:11:10 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Another big company stepping outside of their expertise to launch a game console that will go nowhere.


What? Like Sony and Microsoft?

Neither of them did games consoles before the original PS and the Xbox. Didn't work out too bad for them though, did it?


RE: N-Gauge
By pugster on 4/11/2011 4:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, making video games is really about the software and not hardware. They have to lure the developers to make good games for them. Otherwise, it is just going to be another expensive tablet.


RE: N-Gauge
By Azethoth on 4/11/2011 10:42:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think the proper delusion to reference are those guys (cannot recall name) that were trying to sell a dvd format where you had to pay to unlock content. So $5 in the store then pay per view or some such rubbish when you get home.


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