The mobile gaming has grown to be a profitable business both for game developers as well as for players all over the world. Nowadays, we have plenty of options and new features waiting for us to give them a try. In this respect, if you want to take the gaming experience at a higher level through a dedicated device, NVIDIA has the Android-powered Shield or, as an alternative, there are plenty of smartphone game controllers from various manufacturers such as MOGA, which can easily help you. Samsung has decided to be a part of this gaming group, and it announced its Android GamePad.
Samsung’s GamePad is made of a steel frame, even though it looks to be all-plastic on the outside. In the same time, as the name indicates, it has a directional pad, actually a circle that can offer less accurate input in some cases. Alternatively, the pad comes with two analog sticks, four face buttons and two shoulder triggers.
If you happen to be aware of PlayStation controllers, you will see that the layout of Samsung’s GamePad is pretty similar. Compared to other game controllers, Samsung decided to rotate the face buttons and place them into a square formation rather than a diamond. In the same time, Samsung’s controller is a bit smaller than the PlayStation 3 controller is despite the fact that they have the same weight.
GamePad was designed to improve the gaming experience on a smartphone from 4-inches to 6.3-inches. It is expected to work on almost any Android device running Android 4.1 or higher with Bluetooth 3.0. As a matter of fact, the controller has been optimized to run even on high-end devices such as Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 or higher. Users can even use AllShare Screen Monitoring through an HDMI cable in order to play games on a bigger screen.
Samsung also announced that the company will unveil a companion Samsung Mobile Console app, which will introduce users with more than 35 games including Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Virtua Tennis Challenge and the famous Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame.
The GamePad and the official console app are only available in certain European Markets and on Google’s Play Store. However, the big South Korean manufacturer has announced that both the controller and the console app will come to additional regions in the coming weeks. However, the company did not mention anything regarding the pricing.