GameStop to sell Android tablet in 2012

GameStop is going to be selling its own Android-powered tablet at its stores next year. Pre-loaded with mobile games, the company is calling it a "GameStop certified gaming platform."

While its initial focus will be to offer Android-based tablet games, it will eventually take advantage of GameStop's streaming platform to bring console games to the device, and will even include a controller for non-touch based games.

The vision for the tablet is ambitious. GameStop is hoping that it can stand out from the fiercely competitive market by offering "a few benefits that you're not going to get elsewhere." By focusing on gaming, the company is angling on territory that Sony is focusing on with its "PlayStation Certified" Android tablets.

With its Spawn Labs-powered streaming tech, gamers will be able to stream console-quality games to the device. And with an external controller, gamers will actually be able to play them as well. "We've created a controller that we're testing to really allow for immersive gameplay. It's hard to imagine how to stream a game - let' say Modern Warfare 3 - onto a tablet and then play it with your finger," GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamesIndustry.biz.

Streaming is of utmost importance to GameStop. It recently had a tiff with Square Enix, due to the inclusion of coupons for a streaming competitor, OnLive.