Gamevice

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Wikipad
Wikipad Logo, small, Sept 2012.jpg
Developer Wikipad, Inc.
Type Tablet
Release date June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)
Introductory price US$249
Operating system Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean"
CPU 1.4 GHZ Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S quad-core
Storage 1GB internal, 16GB flash, microSD expandable up to 32GB,
Display 7" IPS panel touchscreen, 1280x800 resolution, 16:10 ratio, scratch-resistant Gorilla® glass screen[citation needed]
Graphics 12-core GeForce ULP GPU
Controller input Detachable
Connectivity Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0
Online services Google Play, PlayStation Mobile
Website www.wikipad.com

Gamevice (previously Wikipad) is a Los Angeles, US based tablet and tablet peripherals manufacturer specialising in gaming products marketed to gamers.

The debut product was the Wikipad 7, a proprietary Android tablet hardware engineered for mobile gaming, which featured a detachable controller. The Wikipad dropped the Android tablet and came to market with a peripheral only product which supported the Apple range of mobile phones and rebranded under the name of Gamevice. The Gamevice is available worldwide through Apple stores and retailers.

Wikipad was founded by James Bower, Matthew Joynes and Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR).

Release[edit]

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 10, 2012, the Wikipad was shown with both a 2D and a glasses-free 3D-enabled device, although 3D is no longer mentioned on Wikipad's website.[1] In May 2012, Gaikai, a Cloud gaming service which Sony acquired a month later in June 2012, partnered with Wikipad, Inc. to integrate its streaming service to the tablet.[2] On September 26, 2012, Wikipad's president of sales, Fraser Townley, said that mobile and cloud gaming streaming service would be the new norm and replace the present structures around game buying.[3] The Wikipad was released in 2013 with a price tag of $249 with the same specifications as the 10 inch tablet but in a 7-inch form factor.

Wikipad announced Gamevice for ODM manufacturers to bring mobile console gaming to all OS platforms for smartphones and tablets,[4] and a Game Mapper tool to automatically map all touch screen controls to the included hardware, allowing games such as FIFA 14 (EA), Mortal Kombat (Gameloft) and Call of Duty (Activision) to be played using the integrated controller.[5]

The Wikipad features an included detachable controller with standard controller D-pad, triggers, buttons and dual analog sticks.[6] The controller is a dock that allows the tablet to slide in and lock, so the device retains the form factor of a standard tablet.[7]

Reception[edit]

Eurogamer praised the design and open nature, but noted the lack of compelling Android games and launch price.[8]

IGN gave the Wikipad poor reviews taking into consideration the lack of games in its library, flimsy construction, and software that was considered dated, even at the time of the device's release. It concludes that "The Wikipad is a mostly failed attempt at turning an Android tablet into a gaming handheld."[9]

An aggregation of reviews done by Engadget shows the average review score of the Wikipad to be 59/100.[10] Most reviewers praised the concept of a tablet built for gaming, and the ability to remove the controls was well received. While the design of the tablet was generally viewed as positive, many found the build quality to be lacking. Due to the delays in manufacturing, the Tegra 3 processor was also viewed as "last-gen" compared to the newer Tegra chipset Nvidia had announced before the final launch of the Wikipad. In the end, the Tegra 4 release was ultimately delayed and Nvidia apologized to Tegra 3 OEM.[citation needed]

Legal[edit]

In August 2017, Gamevice filed a lawsuit against Nintendo in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that the design of the Nintendo Switch conflicts with its patent on the design for the Wikipad. The lawsuit sought damages on existing Switch sales and banning further sales of the console.[11] The lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed by Gamevice on October 23, 2017.[12]

However, in May 2018, Gamevice initiated a second patent infringement lawsuit on Nintendo related to a different set of patents. Gamevice also sought action through the United States International Trade Commission related to patent infringement under the Tariff Act of 1930, and was seeking to block imports of the Switch into the country.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WikiPad ties up glasses-free 3D with game controls, all in a happy Android ICS package". Retrieved 7 May 2018. 
  2. ^ Tweet (2012-05-02). "Gaikai partners with Wikipad tablet | GamesIndustry International". Gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  3. ^ "OnLive and Gaikai functionality still on board for Wikipad". Retrieved 7 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Robert Nelson. "Wikipad Gamevice controller teased for Android and Windows 8". SlashGear. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Wikipad drops to $199 in the U.S., adds game control mapping tool". Android Central. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  6. ^ Gyko Games. Geeky Gamer: June Edition. 
  7. ^ "Wikipad announces detachable mobile controller, Gamevice". Polygon. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  8. ^ McFerran, Damien (2013-09-15). "Wikipad review •". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  9. ^ Clark, Matt (4 September 2013). "Wikipad Gaming Tablet Review". Retrieved 7 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "WikiPad 7-inch review". Engadget. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  11. ^ "Nintendo faces lawsuit over the Switch's detachable controllers". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  12. ^ "Gamevice, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. et al". insight.rpxcorp.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  13. ^ "Nintendo faces Switch patent infringement investigation in the US". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  14. ^ "Nintendo sued by peripheral maker alleging Switch design infringes patents". Polygon. Retrieved 2018-05-26.