Samsung's smartphone gaming controller will come with 35 games

Samsung Electronics hopes to replace dedicated portable gaming consoles with its phone-controller combination

Samsung's Smartphone GamePad is now available in Europe.

Samsung's Smartphone GamePad is now available in Europe.

Samsung Electronics will ship 35 games with its Smartphone GamePad gaming controller, which can be attached to most of its Android-based Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung pitches the Smartphone GamePad as an alternative to portable consoles like Sony's PS Vita or Nintendo's 3DS. It has a directional pad, two analog sticks, four action buttons and two trigger buttons.

Android games have to be customized to work with the controller. The first batch of compatible titles includes "Need for Speed Most Wanted", "Asphalt 8: Airborne", "Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour", "Virtua Tennis Challenge", and "Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame", Samsung said.

The controller has been optimized for Samsung's own Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 or newer. Owners of products including the Galaxy Note 3, S4, Note II, and S III can connect using an NFC tag by clicking on a button labelled "Play" on the controller. The device can also connect to Samsung devices running Android 4.1 using Bluetooth, but in this case the "Play" button won't work.

To get started users first have to download Samsung's Mobile Console app from the company's Apps store, or click on the "Play" button if they have a compatible device. Users can also connect their GamePad-equipped Galaxy smartphone to a TV using an HDMI cable or AllShare screen mirroring.

The controller measures approximately 138 x 86 x 32 millimeters and weighs 195 grams. That means a Galaxy S4 with its 5-inch screen plus the controller weighs about 325 grams. That compares to the Sony PS Vita which weighs about 279 grams with 3G and Wi-Fi. It too has a 5-inch screen.

Samsung said the GamePad is currently available in select European countries and will be available in additional countries in the coming weeks.

However, finding a site where it was on sale on Tuesday was difficult. Via online retailers such as UK site Mobilefun, the controller was only available for pre-order. The site priced it at £89.95 (US$147) including VAT.

In Sweden, the GamePad will go on sale in two to three weeks and cost 900 Swedish kronor (US$137) including VAT, a Samsung spokesman said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Mobile gamesAndroid OSconsumer electronicsgaming peripheralssmartphonesSamsung ElectronicsgamesAndroid

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?