$500 gamepad-equipped tablet delayed
The first tablet with an attachable gamepad controller, the Wikipad, was supposed to launch October 31, but that date has come and gone without its arrival. Its developer has confirmed that the tablet has been delayed indefinitely due to necessary eleventh hour adjustments.
“There is a last minute opportunity to enhance the Wikipad bundle as well as a minor refinement needed to ensure our first customers are completely satisfied with the Wikipad,” reads a line from the company’s statement.
The Wikipad was originally scheduled to launch exclusively at GameStop for $500. According to the company, those who preordered a unit are still guaranteed a system, and will also be provided a “special bonus gift.” This was not detailed.
“We are very eager to deliver the Wikipad experience and are passionate about excellence,” the statement goes on to say. “We apologize for this delay and want you to know that we are committed to bringing you the very best, high-end gaming tablet possible.”
A new release date for the device will be announced soon, the company said.
The Wikipad will support games downloadable through PlayStation Mobile, Nvidia’s Tegra Zone, Google Play, and other forthcoming platforms. The device features a 10.1-inch IPS screen and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.
The Wikipad will also feature support from cloud gaming company Gaikai, which was recently purchased by Sony for $380 million. Gamers will be able to stream Gaikai’s library of titles to their Wikipad, which includes big-name games like Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, and Saints Row: The Third.
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