Unlike the not so interesting name as the Samsung people have so aptly put, the Samsung Smartphone Gamepad has actually quite a lot to offer its gamers. In response to the rapidly increasing global gaming market, Samsung now launches its latest, most appealing gaming accessory; the Samsung Smartphone Gamepad, appealing directly to the growing gaming community. The prototype does look different than the actual one, but one can easily guess that the Gamepad design was heavily influenced from Wiuu and Xbox 360 controller.
Slightly smaller than the PlayStation 3 controller, this device is designed to attach easily to any Android device running equal to or higher than Android 4.1, and optimized to any Samsung Galaxy device running Android 4.3 or higher, allowing a simple transformation to portable gaming consoles. Its small size will prove to be comfortable to the gamers.
The users can also connect their Galaxy devices to the television via an HDMI cable, allowing them a full video gaming experience from their home. The Gamepad easily connects with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth pairing, preferably those running Android 4.3 or higher.
As far as the connectivity is concerned the Samsung Gamepad has covered it all. In all honesty any android device can support dual triggers, dual analog sticks and four buttons in the front but only the new Samsung devices that run on Android 4.3 that tend to make the most of the available controller and especially with the PLAY button located in the center. Its dimensions are 137.78 x 86.47 x 31.80mm and weighs 195g.
This steel framed device comes with a rechargeable 160MA battery.
It is jet black (a favorite color of almost everyone) with metallic accents, equipped with an 8-way D-pad, two analogue sticks, two triggers, four action buttons, a select/start button as well as a PLAY button that comes in use specifically for Samsung devices. The advantage of the PLAY button is that it directly accesses the Mobile Console Application, allowing the user a full view of all available games. What more can you wish for?
This application currently has 42 games available.
Some of the games included are: Ace Surfer (Free), Asphalt 8: Airborne (Free), Critical Missions SWAT ($2.46), Angry Dragons (Free), Bombergeddon ($1.18), Creavures ($1.26), Dead Trigger (Free), Dirt Ride ($1.18), Dungeon Hunter 4 (Free), Army Strike ($1.18), Escape ($2.54) and so on.
Both the Gamepad and the application are currently available in a few select European markets, but according to Samsung, will be available in other regions within the upcoming weeks.Samsung has entered a serious market, and is likely to face competition from other established gaming alternatives such as Nyko, X-box, Moga, iCade etc.
Rumors have it that Apple is also looking into entering the market by July 2014, but the company is yet to confirm whether they are including this on their iOS platform.
I hope that this article proved to be of help to all the gamers who, I know are always pleased to hear about some game device, gadget or tech product coming in to the market.