Samsung launches Smartphone GamePad for Galaxy devices


Devices ranging from four to 6.3-inches can be used with the product, turning smartphones into a mobile gaming console

Samsung has launched the Smartphone GamePad in a move it said transforms a compatible device into a mobile gaming console.

The GamePad (pictured) is is compatible with Android 4.1 and above, with devices ranging from four to 6.3-inches slotted into a steel frame. They can also be connected through Bluetooth pairing.

The GamePad has an eight-way D-Pad, three analogue sticks, four in-play buttons, a ‘Select’ and a ‘Start’ button.

Features optimised for devices running Android 4.3 and above, such as the Galaxy S III, S4, Note II and Note 3, include connectivity to the GamePad via an NFC tag and quicker access to games via the ‘Play’ button.

The ‘Play’ button enables users to access the Mobile Console app, which users to browse and buy supported games. There are 35 games available at launch, with more to follow next year. The app is available to download for free from Samsung Apps or by pressing the GamePad’s ‘PLAY’ button.

Samsung said the GamePad will be available in the UK “in to coming weeks”, and will confirm pricing and retailer availability in due course.