The tablets are available now at 1,600 of their stores. Each device is pre-loaded with content including free games, the Kongregate Arcade app and a digital copy of Game Informer magazine.
The retailer will sell tablets from a variety of manufacturers, including Asus, Acer, Toshiba and Samsung. GameStop also sells refurbished models of Apple’s iPad.
The move is part of GameStop’s broader effort to expand beyond selling traditional video game devices and games. Earlier this year, the retail giant started selling used Apple products, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Diversification is the key to longevity. With that likely in mind, GameStop just announced wide-spread availability of Android tablets throughout its chain of retail stores. This comes after a 200 store trial that started last October.
These aren’t ordinary Android tablets, though. GameStop is preloading the Samsung, Asus, Acer, and Toshiba with extra gaming titles such as Sonic CD, Riptide, the Kongregate Arcade app and a free issue of GamStop’s gaming mag, Game Informer. Thanks to these extras and with prices that are inline with other stores, GameStop actually has a chance to capture a bit of the tablet market.
GameStop has recently been bulking up its non-game retail stock in a likely attempt to stop the bleeding. While brick and mortar locations still focus mainly on video games, the website offers headphones, tablet accessories, even refurbished iPods and iPads. The company started testing selling Android tablets last October. Today’s announcement states loud and clear that GameStop sees a future in Android tablets even if no one else does.