It’s official: GameStop is selling Android tablets. Last fall, the company did a soft roll-out to 200 of its stores, and based on the feedback received from that, it seems that expanding the selection to 1,600 of its stores (about 1/4th of the total at last check) is a good idea. As tablets aren’t commonly known to be gaming devices, GameStop is pre-bundling select titles as an added bonus, and also sells special bundles that includes a game controller (we haven’t been able to figure out which one).
According to one commenter at Engadget, the way that GameStop bundles in these games is a little questionable. It seems that they are side-loaded, rather than accessed through Android’s Play Store. This means that none of the bundled games can ever be updated – a potential major problem. GameStop could have gotten around this by including codes for the games instead, in order to allow you to tie them to your Android account. The fact that this wasn’t done likely means GameStop got a better deal bundling them like this.
Pricing aside, are a couple of bundled games that can’t be updated enough to get you to buy a tablet from GameStop?