For a while now, we here at Phandroid have been discussing the future of GameStop and its plans to jump into mobile. At one point or another we fully expected them to jump into the mobile space be it through applications or hardware of their own.
Looks like the latter will be the case as they’re rumored to be coming out with an own-branded tablet. Presumably, Android will run on it and GameStop will look to provide service comparable to that of OnLive’s.
Evidence of GameStop gearing up to offer a games on-demand service surfaced when GameStop admitted to taking coupons for OnLive’s service out of Eidos’ Deus Ex: Human Revolution. GameStop purports the opened the new games to remove the coupons because Eidos didn’t disclose that they had included those
GameStop may play it off, but it’s clear they’re targeting OnLive as a competitor as they get ready to enter this space. We’d hope for the GameStop tablet to be a dual or quad-core beast, but it’s plausible they could be introducing an affordable tablet with less-than-stellar specs.
OnLive proved you could play demanding games on weak hardware and GameStop may have found a way to employ that same technique. I haven’t been moved to buy anything GameStop branded in the gaming sector but do you guys see yourselves seriously considering whatever GameStop may be bringing to the forefront? [GamesIndustry.biz via TIMN]