Gaikai, an OnLive competitor in the cloud gaming space, has announced that it is partnering with WikiPad to make the world’s first gaming tablet. We’ve seen the WikiPad back at CES as a concept Android tablet designed to work with a hardware attachment for full ergonomic gaming controls on the go. It seemed like vaporware at the time, but now with a partnership with Gaikai, the gaming tablet may actually materialize.
Gaikai offers a game streaming service similar to OnLive and like similarly must tackle the issue of providing gamers more ergonomic controls when certain console games are transferred over to the touch-only tablet interface. OnLive sometimes offers a touch-control overlay and also offers a separate Bluetooth controller hardware that can connect to tablets. But the problem of ergonomics remain.
With WikiPad’s hardware design, Gaikai may be able to provide a better solution. The WikiPad has a wrap-around attachment with full gaming controls, including two analog sticks. The tablet itself is also supposed to support both 2D and glasses-free 3D, while an optional accessory will let you use the WikiPad to play games on your TV.