Samsung has officially released its very own controller which has been optimized for the Samsung Galaxy series. Unfortunately, the naming team couldn’t come up with anything clever to call it, so it’s simply called the Smartphone GamePad.
Unlike the iPhone and third party controllers, no direct connection is needed to attach the GamePad to your device since Bluetooth will handle that for you. Any Android device can support the dual analog sticks, dual triggers, and four buttons gracing the front, but it is only Samsung devices running at least Android 4.3 that will make the most of the controller, specifically with the “Play” button located front and center.
The Smartphone GamePad also has an app to accompany it called the “Mobile Console app,” which will allow easy access to the games that support the controller. Thirty five games currently fully support the controller, including:
- Need for Speed Most Wanted
- Asphalt 8: Airborne
- Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
- Virtua Tennis Challenge
- Prince of Persia : The Shadow and the Flame
Currently, the controller is only available in Europe, but other markets will be following in the coming weeks. No price has been mentioned yet.
Third-party controllers have been appearing left and right to support the iPhone and iOS7, so it seems Samsung has been preparing an answer all along. If this is the first-party smartphone controller we’ve been waiting for, how long until we begin to hold it with reverence over the piles of third party smartphone controllers, like the way we do with consoles?