With things like the upcoming Ouya console, companies are starting to realize the potential for Android as not just a mobile phone platform, but a gaming platform. Hell, people use their Android and iOS phones more often for games and apps than making phone calls anyway, so Archos is taking the phone part out and using Android as just a game and software platform.
It’s a good thing Archos has smartly figured out how to automatically map the touchscreen controls of many Android games to work with the GamePad without any configuration on the user’s part. According to Archos Founder and CEO Henri Crohas:
“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 expects to sell the GamePad for 150 euros (about $187) in Europe and the U.S. in October.