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Wikipad Just Got Disappointing, no Stereo 3D Support for Now

July 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment · General 3D News

After promoting for so long the Wikipad tablet as the first gaming tablet to come with autostereoscopic 3D display built-in and a physical game controller that attaches to the tablet, now there is information coming directly form Wikipad in an interview with them that the initial models will not feature stereo 3D support. Furthermore the 3D display may be available in future models, but that is not sure yet, it is certain however that the first Wikipad powered by Tegra 3 should be released sometime later this year.

With this turn of events the company behind the Wikipad could just instead go for making their physical game controller that attaches to the tablet an accessory for other popular tablets as the Wikipad tablet itself is apparently not going to be anything special in terms of specifications compared to what other manufacturers of tablets are already offering. I don’t know about you, but I’m really disappointed from this turn of events and am not waiting with interest the release of the Wikipad anymore, transferring the high expectations for the OUYA…

Now, why did Wikipad decide to ditch the 3D display for now is not yet clear. But we can easily speculate that it may be due to the fact that the Tegra 3 does not have native support for driving autostereoscopic 3D displays and the cost of a good 3D display along with the implementation could make the tablet too expensive at the moment. As for the stereoscopic 3D support for games, the Tegra 3 platform is already ready for that, though there are still a very limited number of games optimized for it that support stereoscopic 3D mode. The lack of enough 3D-ready content could be another reason for dropping the stereo 3D support on the platform for now and last, but not least they could have gotten scared by the information in the media that the 3D is loosing popularity. Either way I’m sure that there are a lot of people disappointed by the fact that the Wikipad isn’t going to be the first stereoscopic 3D-capable gaming tablet on the market.

Read what will be the specs of the WikiPad gaming tablet if you are interested…

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WikiPad:3D – an Autostereoscopic 3D Gaming Tablet Coming Soon

January 12th, 2012 · 8 Comments · General 3D News

WikiPad:3D is claimed to be the first autostereoscopic 3D Android 4.0-based tablet with an attachable video game controller designed to offer maximum comfort and designed especially for mobile gamers. The device made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and while there is still not too much information about it yet, it has clearly drawn a lot of attention and is turning to be a product generating a lot of interest in the stereoscopic 3D community. The device has been designed for portability (it is a tablet after all), using an 8-inch autostereoscopic 3D touch screen with a claimed resolution of 1080p (or capable of playing back 1080p video, although some sources talk about 1280×800 resolution?) and should come with Android 4.0 OS. The resolution in stereo 3D mode however is probably less than the claimed 1080p or the higher resolution is most likely only available in 2D mode. The WikiPad video game controller can be attached directly to the tablet, making the device almost like a portable gaming console, but with a bigger display and with some extra capabilities like the stereo 3D support. And while you should be able to play games directly on the tablet it seems that the makers of the device plan to support new cloud gaming services on it, so you could be able to even play PC games on your portable device with much higher graphics quality that the tablet’s hardware could normally offer.

The WikiPad should be available for purchase in March this year with a price maybe of around $249 USD, and hopefully we are going to be seeing some more information about the device including detailed technical specifications and a list of all the features it is going to offer.

Visit the official WikiPad website, although there isn’t much info on it yet…

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