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Samsung Announces the Smartphone Gamepad, a Bluetooth Gaming Controller That is Coming Soon

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Most of you probably won’t remember it (I barely do), but during our coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4 back in March, we managed to get a hold of a Bluetooth gaming controller that Samsung was also hyping at the time. In fact, we took it for a spin in a quick hands-on video during the big GS4 press event. Yet here we are in December, about to leave the year 2013 behind, and Samsung is just now announcing availability. The controller has changed quite a bit though, and is now known as the Smartphone Gamepad

In terms of appearance, this new Gamepad looks almost nothing like the previous model. Well, the buttons are laid out in a similar pattern, however, the white shell and colorful accents are long gone. The new Smartphone Gamepad is all black, with metallic accents throughout. You are looking at an 8-way D-pad, 2 analog sticks, 4 action buttons, 2 triggers, select/start, and a PLAY button that works specifically with Samsung devices. Like other Bluetooth gamepads, the SG has an arm that extends to hold devices up to 6.3-inches.

The press release leads us to believe that the Gamepad will work with almost any Android device running Android 4.3+, but there are special services reserved for Galaxy Phones. For example, the PLAY button allows users to quickly open a “Mobile Console” app to see titles that can be purchased. Samsung says that there are 35 dedicated games, tweaked specifically for the SG, ready for launch.

At this time, we do not know the price of the Smartphone Gamepad. It is currently available in select European markets and will branch our to other regions over the coming weeks.

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Press Release

Samsung Enhances Consumer Entertainment Experience with Smartphone GamePad and Mobile Console Application

Samsung enables users to enjoy advanced console-quality games with their mobile devices at home and on-the-go

December 17, 2013

SEOUL, Korea – December 17, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today introduced the Smartphone GamePad and Mobile Console app to enhance the gaming experience on Samsung’s popular line of Galaxy devices. Launched in response to the rapidly expanding global mobile gaming market, Smartphone GamePad provides consumers with a fun, convenient, and advanced gaming experience anytime, anywhere.

The Smartphone GamePad instantly transforms the user’s Galaxy smartphone or tablet into a portable gaming console or even a home console. Through its premium, easy-to-carry design and durable steel frame, GamePad is attachable to mobile devices ranging from 4-inches to 6.3-inches, allowing users to play games wherever they are. Users can also connect Galaxy devices to their TV through an HDMI cable or AllShare Screen Mirroring for video game console experience from their living room.

GamePad easily connects with smartphones and tablets through Bluetooth pairing. The most convenient features optimized for Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 such as Galaxy Note 3, S4, Note II, and S III enable easy connectivity with GamePad via NFC tag and quicker access to games via the “PLAY” button.

With just a tap of the “PLAY” button, users can easily access the Mobile Console app, Samsung’s new integrated game launching app that opens in conjunction with GamePad to allow users to conveniently browse and purchase game pad supported games. Users can save money by enjoying reasonably priced console-quality games without the expense of additional gaming systems, as Mobile Console features games across a variety of categories including traditional racing titles such as EA’s Need for Speed™ Most Wanted and Gameloft’s Asphalt8 : Airborne, first-person shooter titles such as Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4 : Zero Hour, sports titles such as SEGA’s Virtua Tennis™ Challenge, and action titles such as Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia : The Shadow and the Flame. The Mobile Console app is available for download through Samsung Apps or by tapping the GamePad’s ”PLAY” button, and offers 35 dedicated games at launch with much more to come in 2014.

The GamePad is is currently available in select European markets and will be available in additional regions in the coming weeks. The availability of the GamePad varies by market.

  • http://www.shopbychoice.com/ ShopByChoice

    Samsung is No.-1 brand to manufacture consumer electronics product in the world . Samsung announced
    Smartphone Gamepad, a Bluetooth Gaming Controller that is coming soon . These accessories helps the users who like playing game on smartphone .

    http://www.shopbychoice.com/computer-and-it-products/it-accessories

  • PiquePique

    You can connect the Samsung smart dock and use this gamepad as well to play games on a larger monitor or hdtv. Here is a demo of the smart dock connected to the Note 3:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCPCY9PSfSk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWN43pnkg0s

  • FknTwizted

    I really wish there was a way that we could get these gamepad manufactures to have the ability to use six-axis app (btw main reason I root still) so that it doesn’t matter what game you have you can just plot it on them..

  • Blue Sun

    With device restrictions like this (again), the S Gamepad is likely to sell even worse than the Gear did.

  • Artune

    They lost me at BT 3.0. I need that Low Energy baby!

  • RaptorOO7

    Seems like a decent product offering, but the “Coming Soon” crap has to stop. Why bother announcing a product that likely never makes it to the US to begin with. So many of the GS4 accessories still aren’t for sale. Total joke.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    bluetooth 3.0? grow up.

  • Jamen Tyler Lang

    the 8 bitty from think geek is the only controller I’ll ever need.

    1.) I got it for 10 dollars shipped.
    2.) It has a real dpad and 8 buttons.
    3.) It fits in my pocket.

    Think geek made it difficult to use on purpose to sell their icade games, but the bubblesoft/Gnes made a driver available and now a ton of emulators support it. Gnes, Drastic, Jnes, MyBoy just to name a few (That list is already GB/GBC/GBA NES SNES and DS emulators that are supported)

  • http://www.jmillionnyc.com/ Jason Million

    definitely looks different then when i 1st seen it. reminds me of a Sega Saturn controller.

  • gcforreal

    So called d pad seems weird plus with the moga power series out already this needs to be priced competitively to b taken serious but knowing Samsung accessories pricing history it’ll be severely over priced for no good reason

  • moe6

    This being Samsung, they’ll probably make just a hundred of these. *grumble grumble gnex car dock grumble grumble*

    • michael arazan

      And it will only work for apps and games that are in the Samung store and will not work with anything in Google play.

  • mechaphil

    Honestly, the only downside for me is that the battery is so small and there aren’t two shoulder buttons each for last-gen console emulation. That d-pad looks pretty friendly for sweeping motions in fighting games and the rest of the controller looks pretty attractive.

  • Spencer Walker

    Moga pro power ftw go home Samsung your drunk

    • Adrynalyne

      Your drunk, what?

      Your drunk BT controller? ;)

      • Spencer Walker

        Yeah apple slipped a little something something in there punch but seriously Samsung stop making crap and focus on what matters like getting amazing camera on the s5 or bendable screens

  • Adrynalyne

    Prepare for the first BT controller to include jank as a feature.

    • Andy Stetson

      Galaxy Jank!

  • Ed Cerqueira

    Kinda thought more or less everything would be Bluetooth 4.0 by now, wonder why they went 3.0 instead……

  • EgySisi

    Here are 3 MotoX codes, Expire in a couple hours. Couldn’t us them myself. Enjoy.

    H2DM-NKHU-QZN9-MOVG-R7OG

    H2DM-GNTT-66GK-QIDF-EKLE

    H2DM-IW4A-M4GV-H23F-PGP5

    Edit: Please reply when you have used these codes, and which one, so that I know which ones are used.

    • kolson76

      Who would vote this down?……

      • zwade

        People who think you shouldn’t hog codes which were hard to get then give them away just a few hours before they expire. I didn’t down vote him, but I’m guessing this was why someone did.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Why would you get 3 codes in the first place?

  • Razma

    3 thumbs necessary

  • YourFriend

    Mobile gaming is a joke.

    • deadpenguins

      Not for emulators, it isn’t. That’s exclusively what I’d use this for.

  • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

    Samsung trying to be “apple-like” is what’s gonna hurt them the most.

    • AbbyZFresh

      What’s wrong with that?

      Samsung has the resources, the public fanbase, and the loyalty from investors to do whatever they want at this point.

      • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

        And so did Nokia, back in the day :P

        • AbbyZFresh

          Different standards, different climate.

          Even as recent as 3 years ago who would’ve thought Blackberry would come to fall so quickly in the future.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Much nicer than other ones.

  • JoshGroff

    For comparison, a stock PS3 controller has a 570mAh battery, and you can get larger capacity replacement batteries off Amazon. (1200-1800mAh at a glance)

  • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

    What’s the price….?

  • cody

    Dat Battery

  • TSON1

    Completely awful looking with a completely awful name. Ouch.

  • David Allen

    What a terrible looking d-pad.

  • litobirdy

    Um where is this so called d-pad? I see 3 analog sticks

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I believe it’s the middle circle.