Evan Burkey

PAX Prime 2012 – Wikipad

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PAX? Didn’t that happen like 2 weeks ago? Yeah, it did… but real life has made it hard for me to get any coverage up. Hooray responsibility! The next couple days I’ll be talking about what I saw, and what should be on your radar for the coming year in gaming. So let’s start with Wikipad Inc’s new gaming tablet, the Wikipad.

The Wikipad is a 10.1 inch Android tablet with a custom UI. Powered by the impressive Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, the Wikipad is built from the ground up for gaming. With access to the Google Play Store, Playstation Mobile, and Nvidia’s Tegra Zone store, the selection of games for the Wikipad is pretty impressive. The big feature you will notice is the controller attachment. I had some hands-on time playing the mobile version of Max Payne, and I thought the controller handled really well. It feels sturdy, and the buttons were responsive. The layout is simlar to an Xbox or Dualshock controller, so it fits naturally in your hands.

A small but really neat feature of the device is a raised square that goes around the back of the Wikipad. This helps the user hold onto the device with a single hand, and I’m amazed no one has thought of this yet. I’m always afraid I’m going to drop an iPad if I hold it in one hand (and I have once or twice). This raised portion is a small feature that I was really impressed with.

The Wikipad will be available on October 31st with a price point of $499. While the device is an excellent offering into mobile gaming, I’m not sure if it can stand up to the big names like Apple and Samsung. It costs the same as an iPad or Kindle Fire, but it does offer an excellent setup for the gaming-minded consumer. Personally, I think it’s an excellent addition to the market and brings something that the market space has been lacking, specifically in the controller.

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