Archos Announces GamePad 2 with 7-inch IPS Display, Quad-Core Processor

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chinomon

I would actually buy this, but not for the Android games, but for the Android Emulators.... nesoid, Snesoid, n64oid, and all the other playstation and ds dsi ext ext. =)

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Obsidian

Gaming on Android devices is horrible. iOS blows the doors off Android in interface responsiveness and it's still not great. The only thing you can play as a 'gamer' on any of these devices are matching games, puzzle games or word games. Don't attempt to play a game that requires quick reaction time. Due to the way the current Android OS is coded there's response lag.

It would be great if these worked better, but like others have mentioned, there's always a Nintendo Game Boy device of some sort, or the horribly under-supported PS Vita.

Most people will look at this and decide to stick with their smart phone as a bad gaming experience.

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bigrigross

Its not an issue of of android of having latency processing input into games. Its carriers putting all that bloatware into the phones that cause that. The second I get a new phone, I put NOVA on it and do a test run and get the FPS off of it. I then root and rom it with either some ASOP rom or CM10. Trust me, that lag goes away. On my HTC One X with CM10 on it, it games beautifully. Before you blame android, learn the facts. Also, My work gave me a 4S and it plays games like crud. FPS issues and control freezing. And thats with Infinity Blade.

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Obsidian

Because rooting a device should be standard operating procedure for anyone before they consider experiencing their purchase, right? Anyone who won't do this is a total idiot.

Consumers expect things to work without having to reprogram it. To suggest that any number of hoops be jumped through before creating an opinion about a user experience, is absurd.

Operating system optimizations can resolve the impact of concurrent resource requests. Yet these have not happened to the extent they should on Android. At the very least the games should function just as well as they do on iOS, but they do not. I feel like adding "trust me" or "learn the facts" to the end of this somehow legitimizes any text I've typed.

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lordfirefox

Yeah but Android has the benefit of not trying to induct you into a cult.

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legionera

Pushing their luck with "gaming on android"...

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GreenMonstr10

No thank you I already have a PS VITA and it is glorious!

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jgottberg

Well, it's cheaper than the nVidia Shield. That's about all I can say for it.

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Eoraptor

it's also better laid out. a big problem with Shield is that Android is still largely a touch-driven interface, and its hard to use the shield's touch screen because of the way it is shaped

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logicmaster2003

will it run BF4, Farcry3, GTA V ?

JK !

Had to do this to 'wake up' companies that are making game consoles without looking first at the intended contents (gaming capabilities and game developers).

I bet the content will be the 'low-level' games such as mario brothers and the likes.

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jbitzer

Because I'm totally sure they are reading this comment section to get your opinion. They'll totally wake up from this post..

It looks like a crappy android system.

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logicmaster2003

yeap you're correct about that one ! See.. the "REAL" video gaming is zoned-in by windowsPC, xbox series, playstation series, nintendo series and applePC.. and written by "REAL" game developers where they use HIGH technology and lots of time and money in developing. "REAL" video games cost between $19.99 and $59.99

Android video gaming is basically a very low technology (similar to hand-held cellular telephone pixely games). It cost somewhere between 99cents and $5.99 perhaps. So why bother spending $$$ on Android video gaming console ? Its better to put that spare $$$ to buy a Vitamix blender :)

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jbitzer

I don't get android gaming systems. Unless it's for a kid too young to have a phone, but they'd probably want a game boy.

I don't want to carry an additional device specialized for one purpose. I have a phone that plays games, why would I want basically the same thing without the call abilities?

You may be being sarcastic about the "real" gaming systems post above, but in reality, if I pay $5 for a game, my expectations aren't that high, and I'm not buying a special system or controllers or any other crap to play it.

Can you imagine a stand alone system to play nokia's snake game in the 90's for $200? That's pretty much the same attitude I have about this. I also wouldn't buy a $250 controller for an Xbox mech game either though.

This is as ridiculous as someone trying to sell you a $500 console to play zynga facebook and flash games.

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tekknyne

Supply side economics at its finest! If they cram devices down our throats long enough, eventually people will buy them. Plus, there's always teen girls -- they set the bar in the music industry, so imagine being some dumb 15 year old kid trying to impress his high school sweet heart. Buy one of these... 8 years later, the companies made some money, and you bought something that just collected dust all that time. Mission accomplished :)

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AFDozerman

How does the game interface with the controls? Iis there a built in compatibility layer that translates buttons to game commands, or does the game dev need to target this device specifically to utilize the hard buttons?

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Eoraptor

there's a "controller" spec and stack for android specifically for devices like this (and the nVidia Shield and Razer's game tablet) that provides drivers and APIs for common controller functions like the D pad, analog sticks, tilt sensors, etc.

it's just up to android game developers to implement it or not in their code

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HeroOfCanton

It's probably just a hardwired implementation of a controller, which the game would need to support, though not specifically this device. Lots of games already have bluetooth or USB controller support.

http://www.droidgamers.com/index.php/game-news/android-game-news/5992-like-using-a-controller-here-s-a-huge-list-of-games-you-can-play