Samsung announced its Smartphone GamePad way back when the Galaxy S4 was announced, with no real information released for a very long time. Now, Samsung not only has shown off a full redesign, but has released the device in some European markets.
The new redesign gets rid of the bright colors and white body, opting for an all-black design. The Xbox-like buttons are gone, replaced by four buttons labeled with dots. There are two thumbsticks and a thumbstick-like D-Pad, along with a Play button and two triggers.
The device will work with devices running Android 4.1 or higher, but is optimized for Samsung devices with Android 4.3. It can hold devices ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches, so any device that Samsung has released lately will fit. And to pair via Bluetooth, you can use a tap of NFC.
The software from the Samsung App store that pops up when hitting the Play button will initially offer 35 games at launch, with titles like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 4 and Need for Speed, with more to come.
The device is now available for purchase in a few European markets, though no mention of price was made. Samsung says that the device will be released in more markets “in the coming weeks,” so we may see it here in the US soon. What do you think of this new device? Is it a useful accessory, or has the MOGA already done this long ago? Leave a comment!