Archos just introduced its new Handheld Gaming console, namely the Archos GamePad which was created as a stand alone gaming console and it runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Archos has designed their GamePad to include a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, it has physical control buttons together with analog sticks and automatic game recognition and mapping tools. The new Archos GamePad is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a quad-core Mali 400 MP GPU, it comes with access to Google Play and is also Google certified. Henri Crohas, ARCHOS Founder and CEO explains:
“Thanks to the mapping and automatic game recognition systems included on the GamePad, we already have over a thousand android games compatible with the ARCHOS GamePad’s physical controls, including back catalog titles that originally didn’t include physical controls,”
Archos has also be in contact with the leading Android game developers to make sure games are compatible with the physical buttons and sticks. The handheld device is expected to be launched in Europe for the price of under €150 ($188) but no pricing on other markets.