GameStop to Use the NookColor for their Gaming Tablet?
The US retailer has already chosen the model of tablet, which president Tony Bartel told GamesIndustry.biz is considered by the company to be the "GameStop certified gaming platform" and will sell alongside hardware from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Apple when it hits stores next year. (source)
It’s going to ship next year with a number of titles and GameStop plan to stream console titles to their tablet. They’re even planning to have a dedicated controller for the GameStop tablet.
Update: They’ve released the tablet.
This was a gaming tablet story so I barely even noticed it. (Sure I’ll cover the tablet when it’s launched but the frenzy around the bare announcement isn’t worth my time.) But a few minutes ago I was lucky enough to get an email from a reader who noticed a detail that slipped by everyone (thanks, Peter!). There’s a detail from Gamestop 's past that everyone should have figured out but no one did.
According to Peter (and Wikipedia), they are a B&N spinoff. That changes things, doesn’t it?
They want a tablet, it needs to be existing hardware, and they are already on friendly terms with B&N. Why not use the NookColor? It’s a popular device with a great screen, adequate processor, Wifi, and Bluetooth. It certainly appears to fill all their needs.
Okay, there’s no evidence for this, but you have to admit that there is a high probability that I’m right. What do you think?