Mobile gaming is a huge industry, with people spending billions every year on mobile, touch-screen games and their myriad micro-transactions ever year. Pity touch-screen controls for the most part suck. It makes sense for platform holders to really support gaming though; Apple’s recently included support for gamepads in it’s mobile operating system, and now, Samsung’s done the same.
Meet the terribly uncreatively named Samsung Gamepad. It’ll hook up to your existing Android devices by way of Bluetooth, though newer devices can connect via the magic of NFC. It reminds me a little of the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive controller, with a dash of analogue controller thrown in.
It does, naturally, require an app, called the Mobile Console that allows you to browse through a catalogue of supported games, download them and start playing. Yes, games need to be made to support the device – but that’s ok, because a bunch of titles will have Gamepad support, including Need for Speed™ Most Wanted, Asphalt8 : Airborne,Modern Combat 4 : Zero Hour and more.
In addition to that, you’ll be able to use the thing to control your device if it’s hooked up to a TV via HDMI, turning it into a mini console. the very sort that prognosticators believe will take over the role of the traditional gaming console in the future.
For now though, I still think it’s a bit silly. I like simple phone games for the fact that they’re with me wherever I go, and are great, simple time-wasters. If you’re playing more complex games, and you’re intent on lugging this thing around, why not just get a decent handheld like a 3DS, Vita or hell, an Nvidia Shield?
No word on price or release date just yet.[Thanks to Llewellyn Crossley for the tip]
Last Updated: December 17, 2013