Lookout emulator fans, a new detachable controller for your mobile device has just been announced by non other than WikiPad. The gamepad, dubbed the Gamevice rocks dual analog sticks, an analog D-pad, four action buttons and L1/L2 and R1/R2 buttons on top. In other words, it’s an SNES controller with analog sticks and a few more top buttons.
The Gamevice attaches to your Android or Windows 8 mobile device hot-dog style, or horizontally if you will. The D-pad rests on the left side of your device, while the action buttons land on the right. It’s still not clear what pricing will be on the Gamevice, or when it will be unleashed upon the world as it is still in development. We’re sure to hear more about it at CES next week.
Wikipad has also announced a OTA update for its Wikipad gaming tablet, which brings a host of games as well as Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Wikipad owners can now map buttons to the devices controller as well.
Wikipad has partnered with WildTangent Games, and has added the following games to the Wikipad for free:
- Shadowgun – Madfinger Games
- Reckless Racing 1 – Polarbit
- Raging Thunder 2 – Polarbit
- Sprinkle – Medicore
- Granny Smith – Medicore
- Zen Pin HD – Zen Studios
Dead Trigger 2 is also included in the update, bringing Madfinger’s popular FPS zombie shoot-em-up to the Wikipad.
Wikipad owners, look for the update to be rolling out OTA soon. make sure you’re connected to WiFi and get ready for some zombie blasting action!
Press release follows below.
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.
Press Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cn8dqnc9bknc48j/coTOo2pk55
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:
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.
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 sur?ng the web, emailing, enjoying all the latest ?lms, 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/