Console gaming giants are no longer the only players with designs to make themselves an integral part of your home entertainment hub. We're starting to see mobile/smartphone gaming platforms starting to make bid for your quality couch time too, as evidenced in the drive for devices like the upcoming OUYA. French consumer electronics manufacturer Archos now tosses its own hat into the ring with the newly announced "GamePad", an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet PC designed to cater to gamers.
Archos' GamePad tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen with control buttons and analog sticks on each side, and as an Android device will naturally have access to the Google Play online store for all your Android gaming needs. In addition to the 1.5GHZ dual-core processor and Mali 400mp quad-core GPU, Archos is touting the GamePad's patented automatic game recognition and physical control mapping tools which will "ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game." Archos also promises tighter touchscreen/button control response with the GamePad compared to other Android devices like smartphones.
The Archos GamePad is currently scheduled for an October 2012 launch in both Europe and North America, to be priced at "less than €150 ($188 USD).