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Ice Cream Sandwich Will Support USB Game Controllers

by Emily Price | October 22, 2011October 22, 2011 2:25 pm PST

It looks like one of the new features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be the ability to support USB gamepads.

Android engineer Romain Guy tweeted late yesterday that “With Android 4.0 you can use USB gamepads and HDMI to turn your Galaxy Nexus into a video games console!”

You’ll need to get an adapter to get your full-sized USB controller working on the micro-USB port supplied on your phone, but afterwards, native controller support means much smoother gaming times when you want to play a mobile game with a traditional controller. Honeycomb already offers USB controller support, but Ice Cream Sandwich will be the first time support is built-into Android smartphones.

What do you think? Can you see yourself using a USB game controller to play a game on your phone?

[via PocketNow]

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...