News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 17, 2013.
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Samsung has announced a new Bluetooth-powered Smartphone GamePad that connects with Galaxy devices to provide physical buttons and controllers for a more traditional mobile gaming experience. The GamePad pairs quickly via NFC tapping and Bluetooth to link the phone to the controller. Users can slide in a phone with a 4 to 6.3-inch screen and then begin using the GamePad buttons to control gameplay, freeing up the screen.
A Mobile Console app opens whenever someone taps the PLAY button on the GamePad. The app is a showcase for games that are compatible with the controller, including Need for Speed Most Wanted, Asphalt 8, Airborn, Modern Combat 4, Virtua Tennis, and Prince of Persia among other titles. A total of 35 games are guaranteed to be optimized through Mobile Console but many other games should be compatible.
Samsung also notes that the Smartphone GamePad can connect to a TV through an HDMI cable or use the AllShare Screen Mirroring to play games on a TV and use the GamePad as a controller. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note II, Galaxy S4 and S III, and Galaxy Mega 6.3 are among the compatible devices.
The Smartphone GamePad is launching first in Europe and then other markets early next year. Pricing information has yet to be announced.source: Samsung
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.