|[December 06, 2012]
ARCHOS GamePad Available
DENVER --(Business Wire)--
announces the retail availability of the highly anticipated GamePad,
a new type of tablet that combines physical gaming button controls and
an ARCHOS patented mapping tool with a full Android (News - Alert)TM-powered
tablet experience. Bringing physical buttons and analog thumb-sticks to
mobile gaming, the ARCHOS GamePad blends power with unique mapping
software that allows you to link the virtual controls of any game to
physical controls. A thin and light Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device, the
GamePad also features full access to Google (News - Alert) PlayTM and Google
Mobile Services and is now available in Europe for 149.99€ with a North
American release scheduled for early Q1 2013.
With the revolutionary ARCHOS (News - Alert) game mapping tool, the GamePad brings the physical aspect back to the gaming experience. (Photo: Business Wire)
"Android device users spend more than 9 hours a month gaming on their
devices and yet are not completely satisfied with the touch-screen
experience," says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of ARCHOS. "We feel this
area of gaming is proven and will continue to grow. With the
introduction of the GamePad we are uniquely positioned to feed the
demand of gamers who want a better gaming experience on a tablet."
By combining the GamePad's
14 physical buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks with the
revolutionary ARCHOS game mapping tool (exclusive to ARCHOS), the
GamePad brings the physical aspect back to the gaming experience. Adding
to the experience is the 16million-color, seven-inch, five-point
capacitive, 1024 x 600 pixel screen. At only 10 mm (0.3 inch) thin and
with a weight of 330g (0.7 lbs), the ARCHOS GamePad is the perfect
on-the-go gaming console.
REVOLUTIONARY MAPPING TOOL
Thanks to the revolutionary ARCHOS mapping tool, even back catalog games
that weren't made for physical controls can work with the physical
controls of the ARCHOS GamePad; 'map' any on-screen virtual control to
the physical controls of the GamePad for hundreds of games within the
tool or use its drag-and-drop interface to 'map' any game in seconds.
Check out our YouTube (News - Alert) video showing how easy it is to use: HOW
TO MAP BUTTONS
The mapping profile for each game is automatically saved so whenever
that game is launched in the future, the ARCHOS game-mapping tool will
automatically load the corresponding mapping profile.
FEATURES & SPECS
Operating System: Google Certified Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Smooth Gaming Experience with 3D Graphics: Quad-core Mali 400 MP
GPU paired with a 1.6GHz Dual-core CPU.
Memory: 8GB of internal memory with microSD slot or up to 64GB of
Mini-HDMI: Use the mini-HDMI port to connect the GamePad to your
TV for a big screen viewing experience.
Google PlayTM: 700,000 apps and games and
includes DRM support for downloading books, magazines, music, movies and
ARCHOS Media Center applications: Tailor-made apps for video and
music that include metadata scraping, auto-subtitles and of course, the
best format and codec support around including 1080p video decoding.
For more information about GamePad visit www.ARCHOS.com.
Developers interested in getting their current and upcoming games mapped
for the ARCHOS GamePad can contact GamePad@archos.com.
ARCHOS, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now
specializing in Android Tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the
market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android
Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the
Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in
2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV
recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007.
In 2008, ARCHOS launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then
the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in
the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment B of
Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN CodeFR0000182479. Website: www.archos.com.
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