Gamevice

Turn your Android device into a full gaming machine with the Gamevice

Gaming has become extremely popular on mobile devices but one of the pain points is trying to figure out the varying controls of each game. Wikipad hopes to help solve that issue. The latest offering from Wikipad is a detachable controller that is very similar to a controller you would find on a gaming console. Once the Gamevice is placed on your Android device it transforms the phone into just a screen allowing all the controls to be moved off the screen.

To keep the feel of the Gamevice similar to a console controller Wikipad has added dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 analog buttons, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons so you will feel right at home.

Currently Wikipad is working on versions of the Gamevice for Android and Windows 8 devices, but they have not forgotten about the other platforms. They have stated that they will expand and announced additional support in the future for the other mobile OS's. Wikipad has said that the Gamevice is well underway and should launch for Android and Windows 8 devices at some point in 2014 but no specific time frame at this point.

GAMEVICE TAKES THE DETECTIVE WORK OUT OF TRYING TO EXPERIENCE CONSOLE GAMING FROM YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

Wikipad Announces Gamevice Patented Console-Quality Detachable Controllers for Mobile Devices

(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Jan. 3, 2014 – At CES 2014, Wikipad, Inc. (www.wikipad.com) the leader in mobile gaming platforms including the Wikipad 7 android gaming tablet announced the creation of Gamevice a next-generation detachable console-like controller for mobile devices.  Gamevice, which received a utility and design global patent, transforms mobile games into full fledge mobile console experiences with a slim portable controller that effortlessly connects to mobile devices. Gamevice offers a unique patented flex bridge design that expands or collapses to fit mobile devices.

“We value the opinions of our community. We heard from many people who either expressed love for the Wikipad 7” or who already owned an iPad or an Android or Windows 8 mobile device and wanted us to make a controller that worked for them. We are currently working on versions for Windows 8 and Android devices. We have not forgotten other important OS systems and we hope to announce additional support those in the near future,” said Fraser Townley, President of Wikipad, Inc.

Gamevice transforms mobile devices into portable video game consoles complete with dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 analog buttons, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons – every button gamers already use and in a form factor that will be familiar.

WIKIPAD 7” – OTA
Wikipad, Inc. (www.wikipad.com) today announced an important over-the-air (OTA) update for its premium 7” gaming tablet that will automatically refresh the Wikipad to add new features such as controller mapping, the addition of Android 4.2, new content such as Madfinger Games’ Dead Trigger 2 and access to a host of great games from new content partner WildTangent Games. The OTA showcase’s Wikipad commitment to redefine gaming in a mobile-centric world. The 7’ Wikipad tablet offers the functionality of a portable premium tablet with the exciting video game console experience.

To receive the update, Wikipad owners must connect their Wikipad to the Internet and install the software update when prompted. The whole process takes a few minutes.

The update includes:

CONTROLLER MAPPING
One of the limitations of mobile games is that complex games often have control schemes not suited for touch screens. Wikipad has released its Wikipad Controller Assistant allowing allows gamers to transform the touchscreen controls of virtually any Android game into a console-like experience using Wikipad’s patented gamepad controller.

ANDROID 4.2 (Jelly Bean+)
The updated version of Jelly Bean includes a number of improvements and new features, including improved battery life and the ability to create multiple user accounts. Android 4.2 enables gesture typing by sliding fingers across the virtual keyboard, improved camera features, gesture typing, lock screen widgets and Google Now updates that pull package tracking, hotel and flight details, restaurant reservations and other important meetings and other time sensitive information straight from Gmail. Wikipad owners will find many small improvements that enhance the Wikipad experience, whether you are gaming, using the Wikipad for work, or just browsing the web and having fun.


NEW CONTENT PARTNER
WildTangent Games offers access a host of premium games to consumers with WildTangent’s patented technology. Consumers receive free in-game items as well as free play of premium games courtesy of brand advertisers. In addition, consumers can rent games for a fraction of the retail price, with 100% of rental going toward ownership, or buy them outright.
WildTangent adds to an already impressive list of content partners including Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA's free game discovery app.

As an added bonus, Wikipad users receive six premium games pre-installed:
·         Shadowgun – Madfinger Games
·         Reckless Racing 1 - Polarbit
·         Raging Thunder 2 – Polarbit
·         Sprinkle – Medicore
·         Granny Smith - Medicore
·         Zen Pin HD – Zen Studios

DEAD TRIGGER 2
The update also adds Madfinger Game’s award-winning and visually stunning first person zombie shooter Dead Trigger 2. The original Dead Trigger was a smash hit with more than 23M downloads, and Dead Trigger 2 offers even more bloody action and stunning HD graphics, placing gamers in an apocalyptical world where humanity must make its final stand against the growing onslaught of zombies.

ABOUT WIKIPAD
The Wikipad is the only tablet to possess both the unique combination of a console quality gaming experience with the functionality and portability of a tablet thanks to its award-winning and patented detachable dual-analog controller. Wikipad offers a multi capacitive 7 inch touch screen, 16 GB memory with an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage, together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope. NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor powers Wikipad’s  The tablets ultra-light, super thin chassis and is optimized for cloud gaming with a 12 core Nvidia GPU. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, a 2-mega-pixel front facing camera the Wikipad tablet offers true widescreen HD display and HDMI out.

Consumers will have instant access to entertainment and videogame content of over 1,000,000 apps and games from Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA's free app that highlights the best games optimized for the Tegra processor. When the gamepad controller is detached, Wikipad’s sleek design and full Android 4.2 Jelly Bean functionality make it a powerfully versatile tablet for surfing the web, emailing, enjoying all the latest films, books, magazines and music, conversing via Skype or experiencing the latest apps at home or on the go.

For a full list of retailers, product specs, a comprehensive support page, technical forums, and retailers please visit: http://www.wikipad.com/  

 
There are 12 comments

eain says:

I think whoever wrote that press release wasn't paying attention. Nobody uses "analog buttons" or "analog d-pads".

Missy101 says:

I know the PlayStation has since the PS2. All the buttons (minus start select) are pressure sensitive, and even though a lot of games didn't use this, there are that have like metal gear solid 3 and racing games like gran turismo.

ScottJ says:

Analog refers to the sampling method. Instead of registering 1 or 0 only, analog buttons register a wider range of motion which can improve control. For example in Madden for the 360 if you press the pass button fast then you get a flat bullet pass. If you press it slowly you guys up a high-arc touch pass.

Chocoburger says:

Xbox 360 controller doesn't have analog buttons, since I don't play football games, I'm guessing what they have instead is "quick tap" or "long press" on a pass button for varying throw speeds. And that in itself is not analog, rather the game is looking for how long you've pressed a button down as opposed to how gentle or hard you pressed the button down.

briankurtz79 says:

I think you haven't payed attention since ps2. Analog is exactly what the technology is referred to when a button or directional pad is pressure sensitive.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I'm sceptical that all of those buttons are really analogue, seems like all it would do is put the price up. I believe the last console with full analogue buttons was the PlayStation 2.

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iss407 says:

There must be some inexpensive piezoresistive material that they could use make analog buttons without driving up the cost too much. I would think they'd need to be calibrated to work effectively though.

As long as it works with my Galaxy Tab 3 7.0(best small tab) , I'm happy :). #SammySw@g

return_0 says:

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LB LB says:

Am I the only one who thought of Wikipedia when reading the name of this device?

hmmm says:

I'd like one the size of my phone.

Lekoq Grande says:

have they announced a price yet?