If you remember, at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung promised the world a gaming controller that will allow Galaxy owners to transform their smartphones into portable gaming consoles with a full sized controller for an enhanced gaming experience. A few months have passed and the prototype has become a real thing, which Samsung is launching in Europe.
The aptly named, but somewhat uninspired, Samsung GamePad is now ready and comes as a premium controller optimized for Galaxy devices, but able to support any Android device running Android 4.3. Since the announcement of the device, it has seen some modifications, especially in terms of looks. Whilst then, it resembled an Xbox 360 controller, the finished GamePad has a more unique look.
Mobile gaming at a new level
The GamePad is a very cool gadget for mobile gamers who wish to up their game, especially since iPhone users have had this type of controllers for a while now. Although Samsung has optimized the device for Galaxy smartphones running Android 4.3, such as the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Note 2 or Note 3, the GamePad will work with any Android device which has Android 4.1 or above installed, but the “Play” button will only work with Galaxy devices which have Samsung’s Mobile Console app.
Additionally, Galaxy owners can hook up their smartphones to a TV via HDMI and mirror their screen on the TV and use the GamePad to play their favorite games like they would with a console. This is done with the help of Samsung’s AllShare service.
In terms of hardware, the GamePad has a solid build, thanks to the steel frame that surrounds it. The device can hold smartphones which have a range of sizes, from 4 inches and all they way up to 6.3 inches and it connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth or NFC.
For controlling the games, users will have at their disposal an 8-way D-pad, 2 Analogue sticks, 4 action buttons and two trigger buttons, Select and Start buttons as well as the Play button for Galaxy devices. The entire body fits comfortable in the hand, having a body that is 137.78 x 86.47 x 31.80 mm and weighs in at 195 g. Samsung’s GamePad is powered by a 160 mAh rechargeable battery and for the moment, it only comes in black coloring.
There is no word on pricing revealed by Samsung for the GamePad, but we do know that it will be available in a few Europe countries, with a US version coming up in a few weeks. On launch, the GamePad will be supported by 35 games, with more to come in 2014. Here are some of the titles that you can play with the GamePad:
- Need for Speed Most Wanted
- Asphalt8 : Airborne
- Modern Combat 4 : Zero Hour
- Virtua Tennis Challenge
- Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia : The Shadow and the Flame