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Gamestop to market its own tablet, accept iPad trade-ins

The largest North American video games retailer will soon stock used Apple devices and specially branded GameStop tablets

Rumors of a GameStop tablet have been proven true as the video game retailer confirmed its plans Monday.

The Corporation affirmed that it could be re-branding an existing Android tablet lineup as its own instead of creating a new series for itself from the ground up. “I don’t see any need to create a new one with the three hundred or so on the market already,” said a GameStop representative. Still, the retailer is prepared to create its own brand if no existing tablet can fit the GameStop criteria. Exactly what brand of tablets GameStop has under consideration was not disclosed.

As a result, the associated costs and manufacturing would be greatly reduced and the retailer could instead focus on specialized software in order to offer a unique gaming experience. Although GameStop did not go into detail, its upcoming tablet is expected to be able to stream game content as well.

As for the obvious control issues, the GameStop tablet will be coming with a gamepad of sorts, but whether this will be a wireless accessory or external attachment remains to be seen.

GameStop also announced Monday that its retail chains have begun accepting old iPods, iPhones and iPads from customers for trade-in credit or cash. While stores won’t take inoperable iOS devices, they will accept iPod Nanos, Shuffles and even Minis. We don’t expect the trade-in values to be very high, so the service should be most appealing to those wanting quick cash for quick console or PC games.

The GameStop tablet is scheduled to ship late this year for a yet unannounced price and it should only be a matter of time before used iOS devices begin appearing on store shelves. Both moves signify a refocusing on downloadable game content for revenue instead of relying solely on used box game sales.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-09-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)