Back at the end of August, Archos announced an innovative new tablet called the GamePad. As its namesake suggests, it's built with gaming in mind - complete with on-board controls. In the announcement, Archos claimed the 7" device had "automatic gaming recognition and mapping tools" - the big question was, however, how's that going to work?

We now have a better idea of what to expect from the GamePad, as ArmDevices.net has gotten some hands-on time with the device. The first couple of minutes in the video are the most enlightening, as that's where they show off the button mapping tools. From there, it's followed by around five minutes of gameplay, which includes Cordy, and a couple of emulators. Even if you don't make it through the entire thing, it's still worth a watch just to see how Archos implemented the control aspect - it actually looks like it works pretty well.

[Arm Devices]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/disengageauto Andwele

    Too Bad Archos's build quality and long term support is garbage

    • Zaatour36

      wish Asus or Samsung do something like this

      • ari_free

        It could be HTC's way into the tablet market but they are more interested about the latest Windows phone that nobody will buy.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Don't let the armdevices dude hear you. He's madly in love with Archos.

      • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

        What's wrong with you? Why do you hate innovative companies so much?

        • raindog469

          First of all, if you're gonna put yourself out there in videos on the Internet, you really need a thicker skin.

          Can't speak for Artem, but speaking for myself, I hate Archos because
          I've owned two of their products in the past, with an experience that completely fits Andwele's statement... and "innovative companies" is a hilariously big stretch to describe them. I asked my girl to apply electrical shocks if I ever think about buying their attractively-priced garbage again.

          • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

            Just go ahead and electrocute yourself.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I really don't. But it's hilarious how blindly you're in love with them, defending everything they do all over the web.

  • James Jun

    Looks pretty cool. Now, if this was just the gamepad, that would be something else. Those mapping tools would make it compatible with every single game out there.

    • GraveUypo

      sixaxis controller works just like that and yep, it works on pretty much any game you can imagine... except mass effect infiltrator

    • GraveUypo

      sixaxis controller works just like that and yep, it works on pretty much any game you can imagine... except mass effect infiltrator.
      of course the built-it controller is always nice.

  • PINJ

    The Dudes Awful.... At Everything

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      hahahaha.... I loled.

      • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

        you suck.

    • Zaatour36

      I totally agree

    • Beltet

      Yeah he is. Painfull

    • onpoint G

      lol lol

    • fucker

      Pinj, go to hell with an iphone 5 in your ass please .. :)

  • Zaatour36

    He freaking oversell every Archos product, and he makes this as a SUPER NEXUS GAMING TABLET!

    Every announcement he made was fales, and not even overpriced for the specs and quality.

    I hate him when he announces any new product from Archos, because I know its going to suck!

    • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

      You suck.

      • Zaatour36

        and why?

        • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

          because you don't understand anything. And Archos devices never suck. Archos PMA400 was released in 2005. Archos 604 WiFi was released in 2006. Archos 605 was released in 2007. Archos 5 IMT was released in 2008. Archos 5 IT was released in 2009. Archos Gen8 in 2010. Archos Gen9 in 2011. Each and every single time, Archos products are way beyond anything else on the market in terms of features, price for money, which is the only thing that counts.

          • raindog469

            Thank you for exposing yourself as an Archos shill masquerading as a mobile device reviewer.

          • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

            Any real geek is an Archos fan, you're just some anonymous troll with dog and 69 in your username.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            @raindog469:disqus He's just Archos' biggest fanboy.

  • http://profiles.google.com/charitojohn John charitos

    usb/bt joystick center 6 does the same , but you will need to have root availble if anyone is looking for a similar experience

  • Abhimanyu Seth

    also uses mapping for games. Though I like gamepad's mapping better...

  • http://www.facebook.com/mr.e.cameron Earl Cameron

    if you want to see more video go to my blog http://blog.thinkteletronics.com/?p=454

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    if it only had tegra 3 :(

  • http://twitter.com/danlocker Daniel Locker

    I'll just stick with my Vita.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    We need devs working on that now!!!! @archon810:disqus there should be an XDA bounty on mapping button app

    • Blake

      It's Called Sixaxis Controller, it's in the play store.

      • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

        why am I missing this! thanks ;D

  • br_hermon

    I'll admit the mapping is awesome and all in all it looks like a good implementation and system but the Archos Rep.... the guy's a total schmuck. "Uh... How do I jump up there?" "How do I, uh... start the game? Oh... I'll try something else." I could go on and on LOL If you're going to impress people and demo a unit, know what you're doing. Jeesh...

    • http://ARMdevices.net/ Charbax

      you go to Hong Kong with your own money to bring other people 100 videos of awesomeness and know what you are doing. If you don't like my style of picking up games that I've never played before to show how a device works, don't watch it.

      • Anodin

        I think br_hermon thought the aim of the vid was to explain pepole how to play a game... Don't blame him, he's improving...

  • ari_free

    I'm just surprised nobody else thought of this first. Wikipad doesn't count because that is too big.

  • ari_free

    Problem is you still have the stupid virtual controls hogging up the screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    Anyone else want to smack that idiot? "Nintendo will be joining Android" no they wont "Sega will be joining Android" they already have "Next is Microsoft, Microsoft will be joining Android" Again, they already have.

    He doesn't know how to play the games he's showing off and is advertising the device by playing on emulators!

    • Anodin

      Man, you realy didnt understand what the video was about... poor you

  • yod

    Check out the Nintendo64 emulation on the Archos Gamepad :

  • grellanl

    I actually think the device looks really nice. I hate onscreen controls, and there's way more games on the market now that support gamepads. I presume the controls act as a standard gamepad for games that support it, so you don't have the overlay onscreen?

    I've heard people doubting Archos quality though, so I'll wait until the reviews of the final product come out...