Gaikai Inc., the innovative cloud gaming service, announces the signing of a partnership with Wikipad Inc., makers of the first tablet to offer an attachable, console-quality gamepad controller. The partnership will see the Gaikai client integrated into the tablet, making game streaming available to Wikipad users.
Cloud gaming is changing the way video games are consumed.
Today gamers have to either drive to a store, wait for games to arrive in the mail, or download games, which can take as long as visiting the store itself. Cloud gaming removes the friction and makes games — no matter how large — appear instantly. The Wikipad is capable of running games locally but will also offer extremely high performance games from Gaikaiâ€™s cloud gaming platform. Without cloud gaming, many incredible console quality games could never appear on tablets.
We chose to partner with Gaikaiâ€™s game streaming service for its leading performance, graphics, and content,â€ stated Fraser Townley, President of Sales for Wikipad. â€œIt is the leading game streaming solution with the best library of AAA games and we are thrilled to offer these high quality experiences to our users where Gaikaiâ€™s network is deployed.â€
â€œThe Wikipad is one of the most exciting devices for gaming to date. The tablet was designed with the needs of gamers in mind, enhancing the mobile gaming experience with a set of controls on par with todayâ€™s consoles and PC gamepads, enabling gameplay mechanics that have been previously unavailable with just touchscreen controls,â€ said Robert Stevenson, EVP of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at Gaikai.
The Wikipad concept was announced earlier this year with an enthusiastic response from gamers and press at CES 2012. The tablet offers the first-of-its-kind combination of HD graphics, optional 3G module and game console style controls that feature dual-analog sticks as well as a d-pad and video game buttons. Wikipad also features a unique Wifi-Direct optional accessory which will allow games to be played on HDTV monitors or televisions, allowing players to use the tablet as a portable console gamepad as well as a premium Android tablet.
Unlike traditional tablets, the WikiPad is the first to combine the experience of a high definition, glasses-free 3D tablet with patented hand-held gaming capabilities using an attachable video game controller.
The unique, fully functional WikiPad video game controller attaches directly to the tablet and dramatically enhances the users gaming experience. The video game controller enables users to enjoy casual, mobile, and the latest high-end video games through new cloud gaming services. Music, movies, and television are also easily accessible using the WikiPad.
Designed for portability, the slim size frames an 8â€™â€ inch color glasses-free 1080p 3D touch screen that includes Wi-Fi and the Android 4.0 Operating System.
Additional key features:
- 1080p High definition playback of all formats including H.264, VC1, VOB, ISO, M2TS, and FLV
- A mini HDMI and USB 2.0 that allows connectivity and compatibility
- 8GB of flash storage with expandable micro SD storage to 64GB
- Integrated front and rear cameras for photos, video recording, and video chat
Utilizing the Android 4.0 Operating System, the WikiPad is convenient and practical enough to provide the functionality of a standard tablet but uniquely offers an immersive entertainment experience using its auto-stereoscopic, glasses-free 3D technology and patented attachable video game controller.
Gaikai has spent over three years building the fastest interactive cloud network in the world, instantly capable of delivering cutting-edge games without the need for any extra custom hardware or software. Coupled with relationships with the top video game and development partners around the world, Gaikai is capable of delivering a broad catalog of the worldâ€™s most exciting games straight to consumers across the web including social networks like Facebook or on any Internet connected device including televisions, set-top boxes or tablets.
Release Date: Late Spring 2012