Samsung announces GamePad for Android smartphones

Samsung announces GamePad for Android smartphones
Mobile gaming is big business, and there are more and more options coming out to expand the gaming options. If you want a dedicated device, NVIDIA has the Android-powered Shield, or there are smartphone accessory game controllers from a number of makers like MOGA. Now, Samsung wants to be part of that latter group with its newly announced Android GamePad.

The GamePad has a steel frame, but looks to be all plastic on the outside. It has a directional pad (sadly, it is a circle, which usually offers less accurate input), two analog sticks, four face buttons, and two shoulder triggers. The layout is similar to a PlayStation controller with the analog sticks parallel to each other, rather than an Xbox controller where the sticks are off-set. Oddly, Samsung also decided to rotate the face buttons so they are in more of a square formation rather than a diamond. 

The GamePad is a bit smaller than a PlayStation 3 controller, but about the same weight. It is designed to sock a smartphone anywhere from 4-inches to 6.3-inches. It should work with any Android device running Android 4.1 or higher with Bluetooth 3.0, but it has (obviously) been optimized to run on a Samsung Galaxy device running Android 4.3 or higher. Interestingly, you can even use AllShare Screen Mirroring through an HDMI cable to play games on your TV. 

There is also a companion Samsung Mobile Console app, which will launch with 35 games including Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Asphalt8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Virtua Tennis Challenge, and Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame. Samsung is promising "much more" in 2014. 

The GamePad and app are available now in select European markets, and Samsung says it will be coming to additional regions in the coming weeks. No word on pricing. 


source: Samsung

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25 Comments

1. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

I already feel sorry for Nintendo.

2. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

And I feel sorry for you :) so what? it is compatible with the device which is powerful enough to handle upcoming games. I'd say it is a smart move.

5. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Wow, you must be a moron. Read again. It's *Nintendo* I feel sorry for.

3. keyboardwarrrior2014

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

you sound pretty dumb to me.

6. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Your nickname fits you like a glove, dumb a$$.

7. jankernel

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

you should feel sorry for the PS VITA

8. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

I do, too, but Sony can afford that loss while Nintendo can't.

16. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

There are already lots of android compatible gamepads available in the market from ages, which never been a problem for ps vita.. I don't think this can create..

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What, just now? Nintendo might be taking hits, but their problems go deeper than just another mobile game-pad. Also, last time I checked, Samsung isn't producing the likes of Pokemon, Zelda, and Mario, so I think Nintendo will continue to do just fine in the niche it's made for itself.

12. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That is the one area where Nintendo has nothing to worry about. They destroy the handheld game market. Plus Samsung has to worry more about their handsets not overheating after 15 minutes of gaming and battery drainage before they can even think about making a play against the DS.

20. amrdiaa

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

What battery drainage? Take a look about the note 3 battery

25. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I've been using the S3 and S4 for years and my phone burns through battery and my hands when trying to play games for extended periods of time. Haven't tried the Note 3 but heard it's a lot better in those aspects.

4. techpro2014

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Nice design and quite cool it is to work with Note 3 for the above mentioned games. Among other game controllers available right now, I prefer this one than the rest, just my opinion though. Cheers!

9. Ikechukwu

Posts: 250; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

sorry for my ps vita? what a joke

15. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

There are already lots of android compatible gamepads available in the market from ages, which never been a problem for ps vita.. I don't think this can create..

11. sabres0809

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

All of you have the maturity level of maybe sixth graders

13. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I know you are but what am I :p jk lol

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

While companies like Moga are making awesome gamepads for the iphone, Sammy decides to make gamepads if noone chooses to do it

17. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Oh, Samsung - what won't you produce? They are like MomCorp in Futurama, but for the real world!

18. vkvarun9840

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 17, 2013

Check out Samsung GamePad Video at cutiepep.com

19. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

now you know why Samsung doesn't allow wired native dual shock support ( only 35gbp/40usd/HK$350/JPY4000) which other androids allow, ie, xperia ( has also wireless on 2013 models), nexus and asus, plus, Samsung experience in gaming is next to none ( apart from licenced Korean ver of pc engine, megadrive, Saturn and 3do), thus, mostly crap design, if hori had a bluetooth pad, they would be the best for precise control am skeptical that this is good, seems like the s4 ver didn't sell very well and it's in premium prices such as ios7 Logitech powershell and ios7 moga

21. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

sweeet. now all i need is to wait for the 3ds emulator

22. oleaug

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

I need this for my new Galaxy Note 3!

23. wilsong17 unregistered

i been using the ps3 controller on the note 3

24. Blazers

Posts: 741; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Same here. But the device needs to be rooted which many don't want to do.

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