Today in South Korea Samsung has announced a smartphone accessory that will make playing Android games much easier on mobile devices. The Smartphone GamePad is a game controller that is designed to enhance the gaming experience on the company’s Galaxy line of devices transforming it into a robust gaming platform that can be used anytime and anywhere.
The Smartphone GamePad has a premium design that makes use of a steel frame. It can easily be attached to devices with display sizes ranging from 4 inches all the way up to 6.3 inches. Users can also connect their Galaxy device to their TV using an HDMI cable so as to mimic a console experience.
The GamePad connects to mobile devices using Bluetooth 3.0 or through an NFC tag. It has an eight way d-pad, two analog sticks, four action buttons, two trigger buttons, select button, start button, and a play button.
To make sure that users won’t have a problem with compatibility issues a companion app has also been released called the Mobile Console app. This app provides users with game titles that are compatible for use with the GamePad. The app also allows users to easily browse and purchase compatible games.
There are now 35 games that can be played with this game controller which includes popular titles such as EA’s Need for Speed Most Wanted, Gameloft’s Asphalt8 : Airborne, Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4 : Zero Hour, SEGA’s Virtua Tennis Challenge, Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia : The Shadow and the Flame, and more. More titles are expected to be added this coming 2014.
The Smartphone GamePad is now available in selected European markets and will be available in other areas in the coming weeks.
Samsung Smartphone GamePad Technical Specifications
- Compatibility: Android OS 4.1 more (Optimized for Samsung devices with Android 4.3 more)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth v3.0, NFC(Samsung devices with Android 4.3 more) 3.0 class 2, HID
- Control Keys: D-Pad (8 way), 2 Analog Sticks, 4 Action buttons and 2 Trigger buttons, Select button and Start button, PLAY button (Samsung devices with Android 4.3 more)
- Dimension: 137.78 x 86.47 x 31.80mm, 195g
- Battery: Rechargeable 160mA
- Color: Black