Following a trial that started last October with the Asus Transformer at just 200 stores, GameStop is now selling Android tablets pre-loaded with games at more than 1,600 stores across the United States.
In addition to the original Transformer, the retailer will also be offering the Transformer Prime, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 and the A200, and the Toshiba Excite 10. Prices range from $229.99 to $499.99, and all slates come pre-loaded with “valuable extras,” including games like Sonic CD and Riptide. They will also feature the Kongregate Arcade app that offers over 580 free games, and a free copy of Game Informer digital.
While you may find the devices slightly cheaper elsewhere, GameStop is encouraging customers to trade in used merchandise and old devices — including games, consoles, and iOS devices — for store credit, giving you the opportunity to knock a few dollars off those price tags.
If your local GameStop isn’t one of the 1,600 stores receiving Android tablets, you can also purchase the devices from GameStop’s online store.
Although this move is terrific for Android users and those who enjoy gaming on a tablet, it may not be a healthy one for handheld consoles like the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS, which are already struggling at the hands of smartphones and tablet devices.
Do you think this is a good move for GameStop?