As we all know, games are a big part of the Android platform, which is why accessories designed for these apps emerge from time to time. The recently released Samsung Smartphone Gamepad is one fine example that allows Galaxy-branded smartphones turn into portable consoles.
Unlike the company’s Xbox-inspired original controller, this second-gen Samsung Smartphone Gamepad comes with its own unique design. It features an 8-way D-Pad, two analog sticks, and buttons for actions, triggers, Select, Start, and PLAY.
This last button, when tapped, launches Samsung’s Mobile Console app, where dedicated games can be purchased, downloaded, and played. For now, 35 games are available. Popular titles include Need for Speed, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, and Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame. More supported titles reportedly will arrive in 2014.
The Samsung Smartphone Gamepad is compatible with the company’s smartphones under the Galaxy brand, with screens ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches. It requires at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though 4.3 devices are more optimized. This smartphone-gamepad setup can also connect to the TV via HDMI cable or AllShare screen mirroring.
The Samsung Smartphone GamePad is now for sale in a few European territories, with availability to other markets to follow in the coming weeks.