Fructel hopes to brings a universal gamepad to Android devices
Fructel is working on a product called the Gametel gamepad, which is a Bluetooth wireless controller. The controller features a clip at the top for attaching a phone if desired, but still operates wireless for cases where an attached device would not be optimal, such as using a phone’s HDMI out to play on a TV. We are also guessing that snapping this thing onto the bottom of a tablet would be quite awkward.
The Gametel gamepad is said to be compatible with any Android 2.1 and up device with Bluetooth. It utilizes a downloadable driver from the Android Market to replace the onscreen keyboard as the input device. The downside to this approach is that you cannot use the onscreen keyboard and the Gametel gamepad at the same time. Either the gamepad or the Bluetooth module needs to be switched off in order to begin using the keyboard again.
As far as battery life, the Gametel gamepad has nine hours of playtime and features an auto shut down after six minutes of inactivity. It uses a rechargeable batter that is compatible with same micro-USB chargers that most phones use.
Fructel is currently working with developers on compatibility issues. Right now, Xperia Play optimized games are only viewable by Xperia Play owners. Fructel is working to have gamepad-optimized games available to everyone. The Gametel app lists over 50 games available now with notes on any known compatibility glitches for each game.
The UK site, Pocket Gamer, received the first prototype and is reporting that Fructel is aiming to get the Gametel gamepad to market in time for Christmas. They list a suggested retail price of £49.99, approximately $67 in the US, but make no mention of specific dates or regions.
source: Pocket Gamer via Tech Crunch
2. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i love the idea, but the price seems steep for what it is. do they charge for the app as well?
another question i have is if the pad has a micro usb out as well, so that the pad and your phone or tablet at once from a single charger?
3. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
The Idea is awesome, best controller so far that works on several devices, about price since its UK if it ships to US you might see it around 30bux. still not the best deal ever but if my pocket slips i might end up getting one.
the answer to that might be no. it will make charging slower anyways
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2694; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
the idea is great, the gamepad not so much. No "analog" inputs, honestly looks like the xperia play except not as good.
6. Kease (Posts: 36; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Hmmmmmm, hdmi output to play games on a big screen... That odd the most useful idea in this article.