GameStop Thinking Of Launching Their Own Gaming Tablet In Late 2011

Video game retailer GameStop recently confirmed that they have a gaming tablet that's in the works which will be released sometime later this year.

The company has recently acquired Impulse, a digital distribution service, and Spawn Labs, a game streaming service, as part of a plan to expand their presence in the digital gaming world. To many, these were smart moves by the company as they will allow GameStop to enhance the overall level and performance of its current services.

GameStop president Toby Bartel recently discussed the plans for the gaming tablet with CNBC. “If we can work with our partners and the OEMs and they come up with a great tablet that is enabled with a great gaming experience and coupled with a bluetooth controller, then there’s no need to go out and develop our own." Then he added: "But if we can’t find one that’s great for gaming, then we will create our own.”

But it won't be easy breaking into the digital PC market. One of their stiffest competitors will be Valve Software's Stream distribution service, which currently controls around 70 percent of the market.

However, one thing that will draw people to GameSpot's services will be the fact that they plan on making digital copies of all the games that a user has previously purchased available in their Impulse accounts. That's a big plus in my books for convenience.

Source: CNBC ; Image is OSCOSMOS' OSC9 mockup