When is a handheld games console not a handheld games console? When, like the Wikipad, it’s too big to be taken on the train. Nintendo’s trying to enter this new space with the Wii U by letting users play serious console games at home on their own screen, but now the Wii U not the only player in the game, and Nintendo should be very worried…
The Wikipad was unveiled at CES to a mixed reaction. Some were suitably impressed, but others were sure it’d end up being relegated to the expo’s vaporware history books. Only it hasn’t. The Wikipad has evolved and now has a set of proper, locked-in specs. and they’re very decent, even if it has lost its glasses-free 3D powers.
So what is it? The Wikipad is a gaming tablet with a full smattering of gaming controls nestled around the sides of a 10.1-inch display. Inside, the engine-room’s been granted an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 quad-core 1.4GHz processor backed up by 1GB of RAM and a starting point of 16GB in storage.
Impressively, it’ll come packing Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and a partnership with the Gaikai game streaming service.
The future of home gaming?
And that last part’s what the Wikipad an exciting prospect. We’re not talking about Angry Birds and Where’s My Water? Here; the Wikipad will be able to run proper games like FIFA 12, Mass Effect 3 and Darksiders, all whilst whoever’s in the living room with you can watch what they want on the TV.
Now, let’s steady ourselves. We’re not about to crown this one device as a revolution in gaming, but this tablet-based core gaming is definitely a new idea in the market. You probably wouldn’t want to take the Wikipad with you when out and about, and you certainly can’t take the Wii U’s gamepad out of the house, but independent, full-scale gaming at home could very well be the next logical step for home gaming devices.
A device like the Wikipad marries the best of consoles with the freedom of tablets. A bit like a glued-together version of this £200 gaming super-team. Unfortunately, the Wikipad still doesn’t have a price or release date as yet. Any potential takers? Let us know below.