Samsung Announces GamePad & Mobile Console App Availability In Europe

Samsung GamePad

Samsung showcased its partial gaming attachment, the GamePad, at IFA 2013 on Friday 6, December, and now the South Korean company has made the product official. In a press release earlier today, Samsung revealed that the GamePad is currently available in select European markets for Android smartphones between 4 and 6.3-inches, and is compatible with handsets running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher, provided they have Bluetooth 3.0 or NFC.

The GamePad comprises of an 8 way D-Pad, 2 Analog Sticks, 4 Action buttons, 2 Trigger buttons, a Select Button, a Start Button and a “PLAY” button (which works on devices running Android 4.3 or 4.4). In addition, the unit features a rechargeable 160 mAh battery and measures in at 137.78 x 86.47 x 31.80mm, so it’s the perfect size to carry around on your daily commutes and will have just enough battery to make it through the day.

With just one tap on the “Play” button, users can instantly be redirected to Samsung’s newly-designed Mobile Console app, where they will be able to conveniently browse and purchase GamePad supported games. According to Samsung, this will save users money as they can enjoy “reasonably priced console-quality games without the expense of additional gaming systems, the Mobile Console app features games across a variety of categories.”

A selection of the high-end titles that are currently compatible with Samsung’s GamePad can be seen below.

  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Asphalt 8 : Airborne
  • Modern COmbat 4 : Zero Hour
  • EA Virtua Tennis Challenge
  • Prince of Persia : The Shadow and the Flame

However, in order to use the Mobile Console app, users will have to download it through the official Samsung Apps Store, which comes pre-loaded on all Samsung devices, it is worth doing as soon as possible if your contemplating buying the GamePad as the Console app offers 35 dedicated games at present, which can be used on the GamePad unit, and the majority of them are currently free.

Samsung also noted in the press release that the GamePad will be available in additional regions in “the coming weeks”.