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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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RE: Or...
By Pirks on 4/8/2011 4:12:01 PM , Rating: 2
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laptops are too bulky, noisy, hot, heavy, and hard to hold in any real comfortable way
Not quite true about all of them, say my Asus UL80Vt has 14 hours of battery life and is always dead silent, and never hot, plus its weight and size are offset by a large 14" screen, and I can hold it on my lap on a couch or on a table or desk, or chair, it's pretty comfortable. I would not be able to hold iPad in my hand for too long just as well as my Asus notebook, although iPad is lighter it's still not quite there and its screen is tiny, so uh... not quite good, I wish it were not that tiny, say 12" with the same weight and thickness, then it'd be kind of better competition for my Asus, but in current shape - meh, not good enough.

I'm just saying that you should not judge all laptops the same, just like Moto should start paying attention to tablet's tiny size and weight, they are quite compicated tradeoffs, can't say tablets always live longer on a battery than a laptop (like mine with 14 hours of battery life), and can't say laptop weight and size always matters the most, sometimes people don't care if the laptop is small enough... it's all individual, depends on the laptop quality, personal preferences and such


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