The mobile gaming sector continues to grow and now manufacturers are taking notice and creating gaming-specific devices. The Wikipad is the latest of these devices and we now have an official launch date and price for it. On June 11, the Wikipad will launch for $249 in the US and will be available for purchase at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and TigerDirect.com. The price is certainly fair for the market in which it’s competing as it’s less than its biggest competitor, the NVIDIA Shield, but the same price as the PS Vita.
When we take a look at the specs, we can see that it’s well equipped for mobile gaming with a 7″ 1280×800 display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD card slot, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But what sets the Wikipad apart from other similar 7″ tablets is the dedicated controller accessory. The Wikipad slides into this controller and you’re immediately equipped with a full D-pad as well as the other standard physical buttons. Each Wikipad comes bundled with one of these controllers so you don’t have to worry about an extra purchase.
On the software side of gaming, the Wikipad has the works with access to both PlayStation Mobile and NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone. This combo will certainly give users an assortment of high-end mobile games to choose from as well as offering titles that cater specifically to the hardware of the Wikipad. But we mustn’t forget that even though it’s aimed at gaming, the Wikipad is also a decent tablet at an attractive price. It doesn’t even need to be primarily used for gaming but the function is there if you want it. With that being said, does the Wikipad pique anybody’s interest?