Samsung has today announced the availability of its new GamePad controller in select European markets. The Samsung GamePad is a second-generation product that offers an entirely new design, stepping away from its Xbox controller inspired design roots and bringing a fresh new look to the table.
The smartphone accessory is intended to afford gamers the ability to enjoy "advanced console-quality games with their mobile devices at home and on-the-go". Samsung has also introduced the accompanying Mobile Console app that works in conjunction with the GamePad to allow users to browse and purchase games that are compatible with the controller hardware. If you believe the Samsung propaganda machine, then owners of a compatible Samsung Galaxy device should expect to get a "fun, convenient, and advanced gaming experience anytime, anywhere" after purchasing the GamePad.
With this new device, Samsung has opted for an easy-to-carry design that is built around a durable steel frame. They have also paid attention to the design of the product to ensure compatibility with as many smartphones as possible and can now accept connections from hardware ranging from 4 to 6.3-inches in size.
The GamePad also includes an HDMI input that allows gamers to connect the whole setup directly to a high-definition TV set to enjoy the ultimate mobile experience on the big screen. The option of connecting the GamePad to a Galaxy device using Bluetooth or NFC also exists.
One tap access to the accompanying mobile app allows the user to browse and get access to supported games. Titles such as Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Asphalt 8: Airborne and Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour are already supported by this latest GamePad, with Samsung and developers promising many more to come. And according to the official Samsung technical specifications of the hardware itself, the device is compatible with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above, and is optimized for Samsung devices running Android 4.3 or above.
The front of the device features 2 analog controls, an eight-way D-Pad, four action buttons, 2 trigger buttons, the usual select and start options as well as a dedicated PLAY button that invokes the Mobile Console app. Although it’s available now in certain European markets, Samsung has promised additional availability in the coming weeks.
With the MOGA Ace Power and Logitech PowerShell making waves in the iOS gaming scene, it’s great to see that Samsung is pushing out its own efforts but on Android. We’re certain that more manufacturers will jump on board and we’ll see more premium quality hardware soon.