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The debut product was the Wikipad 7, a proprietary Android tablet hardware engineered for mobile gaming, which featured a detachable controller. Gamevice dropped the Android tablet and came to market with a peripheral only product which supports a range of mobile phones and rebranded under the name Gamevice.
|Developer||Wikipad, Inc. (now Gamevice, Inc.)|
|Release date||June 11, 2013|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Online services||Google Play, PlayStation Mobile|
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 Gamevice's website. 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 into the tablet. 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.
The Wikipad was originally scheduled for an October 31, 2011 release, but was delayed indefinitely on the day it was originally supposed to be released on. The Wikipad was released on June 11, 2013 in the United States with a price tag of $249.
In March 2014, a game control mapping tool was announced for the Wikipad to help map touchscreen game controls to the physical Wikipad controller in an effort to improve gameplay. In June 2014, OnLive cloud gaming support was added to the Wikipad.
Eurogamer rated the Wikipad's screen size and intentions as nice, saying it had "its heart in the right place", but decided that the lack of compelling Android games, high launch price, and outdated specs and software limited the appeal of the device.
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."
In January 2014, Wikipad, Inc. announced a new controller called Gamevice for ODM manufacturers to bring mobile console gaming to all OS platforms for smartphones and tablets. Gamevice is a detachable controller with a classic D-pad; twin triggers; A, B, X, and Y buttons; and dual analog sticks.
On January 31, 2018, a new Gamevice controller was released for the iPhone 7. On February 15, 2018, Gamevice announced and launched a Minecraft-themed controller bundle, which includes a Gamevice controller, a carrying case for the controller and a download code for Minecraft on iOS.
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. The lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed by Gamevice in October 2017.
However, in March 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 Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, and was seeking to block imports of the Switch into the United States.
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