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GameStop To Sell iPad 2 Rival Tablet

Tablets are quickly becoming the new netbooks as yet another company, this time GameStop, via its CEO, who confirmed that it has already chosen an Android-based tablet to carry the GameStop brand.

The device will take on the Sony Tablet S and the iPad 2 in the increasingly crowded world of tablets within the gaming demographic (via (opens in new tab)).

More specifically, GameStop's tablet will be a "certified platform" that will allow users to stream console games using a technology licensed from Spawn Labs.

Interestingly, the tablet will come with a dedicated gaming controller and Gamestop already tested at the beginning of the year a trade-in scheme that allows users to swap their electronic devices for instore credits.

Now given the ease with which companies can get custom-made, own branded tablets, it shouldn't come as a surprise if the likes of decides to follow this strategy in order to get a captive audience away from traditional gaming platforms.

The likes of Steam, the App Store or Onlive are taking apart the very assumptions that you need a powerful gaming console in order to experience an enjoyable gaming session.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.