Apparently not content to just sell a 7 inch Android tablet with detachable game controllers, the folks at WikiPad have decided to branch out and offer a gaming accessory for use with almost a wide range of small tablets
The Wikipad Gamevice is a detachable gamepad that turns ordinary touchscreen tablets into gaming devices… or at least gaming devices with physical buttons. They were already kind of gaming devices.
The Gamevice won’t launch until later this year, and Wikipad hasn’t announced how much it’ll cost yet. What the company has said is that they’re currently working on models that’ll work with Android and Windows 8 tablets, and there could be models for iPads and other tablets eventually as well.
Like the Wikipad 7 tablet, the Gamevice includes analog sticks, D-Pads, shoulder buttons, and A, B, X, and Y buttons, among others.
Windows and Android both support for USB and Bluetooth game controllers these days, and there are a growing number of Android gaming devices that feature gamepads with physical buttons… so hopefully you’ll be able to find some games to use the Gamevice with by the time it launches. The vast majority of Android games are really meant to be used with touchscreen controls at this point.
Wikipad has also announced a software updated for the Wikipad 7 tablet, bringing the software up to Android 4.2 and adds a button mapping feature, which should make it easier to control games that don’t natively support the game controller.
via Android Police