Archos has released a new handheld console for gamers called the Archos GamePad. This console incorporates a screen with traditional controls that you’d find on a gaming controller. The Archos GamePad aims to meet the demands of gamers who want to be mobile, but who want the fine tuned control that a dedicated controller will give you over touchscreen.
The device has a 7-inch, 1024x600, five-point capacitive touch screen along with its 16 physical buttons and two analogue sticks. The GamePad runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will have full access to the Google Play store. The GamePad also sports a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, and an SD card slot that supports up to an additional 64GB of storage.
We feel this device could be interesting because a lot of the more recent mobile games now include the ability to use game pads. Even better, with two analogue sticks, players could use emulators to play console games much easier. Additionally, the Archos GamePad features a unique Game Mapping tool, which allows users to convert titles that weren't made for the physical controls.
We know that this device is currently available in the UK for £129, which isn’t bad at all. There’s no word on any plans to release this device internationally though, so if you’re interested in it and aren’t anywhere near the UK or Europe, you may be waiting awhile to experience it in all its glory.