During a private demo of the near-final Wikipad
this week, Joystiq was able to grill Wikipad president of sales Fraser Townley about next month's launch. Specifically, we wanted to learn whether OnLive and Gaikai functionality – the former with its recent change in ownership
and the latter having recently been picked up by Sony
– were still planned for the device.
"Yes," Townsley assured Joystiq, to both applications appearing on the device. Speaking on the situation at OnLive, Townsley said he didn't have much knowledge what was happening at the company, but promised that "if [the service is] still running when we launch Wikipad, it'll be there."
While Wikipad will have physical units for purchase in-store through official partner GameStop
, all other major retailers will be taking orders online. When asked what would be a successful launch for the $499 tablet – which comes with the controller dock and 16GB of memory – Townley couldn't provide exact numbers, but said that "a point or two" of total tablet market share would be desirable.