Handheld gaming has been the norm these days especially after witnessing some great titles that were released this year and also those that are scheduled to come in the coming years as well. With that said, company’s are trying to come up with unique and innovative ways to make gaming all the more fun and exciting. This year we saw a few devices that were launched for Android gaming one of them being the Nvidia Shield handheld Android gaming console as well as a few others. Its now time for Samsung to enter this race as well.
The South Korean tech giants have officially announced the launch of their “Samsung Game Pad” which as the name suggests is not a dedicated gaming console, but just a companion to accompany your everyday handheld gaming fantasies. The Game Pad is said to be available in most parts of Europe starting from today with other regions soon to follow as well. The Samsung Game Pad is compatible with any Samsung Galaxy device, smartphones, phablets and tablets and can easily connect to your Galaxy device over Bluetooth and pair with NFC, which ever way you like. The device can also be used on TV’s through HDMI or screen sharing apps. Once connected, you can use the controller from a far as you would using a conventional gaming console.
As far as the aesthetics are concerned, the Samsung Game Pad has a steel frame that also gives a firm and durable feel to it. There is also a small “Play Button” on the controller that is designed to launch straight into the customized app made specifically for the Game Pad, called Mobile Console. Once in Mobile Console, you will have access to apps that are compatible with the Game Pad. You can purchase apps or browse the apps that you have already purchased earlier. Other buttons include a 8 way D-Pad, 2 analog sticks, 4 action buttons, two trigger buttons, a select and start button along with the aforementioned Play Button. The device will come equipped with a 160mAh rechargeable battery and will connect to any Samsung device through NFC or Bluetooth.
Samsung have also given us a heads up on the games that would be available at launch including 35 mega hit titles that would comprise from EA’s Need for Speed Most Wanted, to Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour to Prince of Persia: The Shadow and The Flame and many more to follow throughout 2014. The Game Pad (currently available in only black) is compatible with any Samsung device running Android 4.1 or higher. So would this be the next item to be struck off your Christmas shopping list or are you contended with the way you have been playing games on your smartphones so far? Do share your views with us. Cheers and happy gaming !