Just a week after announcing the GamePad, Samsung has now launched it in the Indian market, along side the Galaxy Grand 2. The wireless gaming controller is priced at Rs 4,999 and will be available next month.
The GamePad has been crafted to work best with the company’s Galaxy lineup including the Note 2, Note 3, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, with some features reserved for these phones. It can work with other Android devices running Android 4.1 and above as well, and it is attachable to mobile devices with displays ranging from 4 inches to 6.3 inches. However, currently the accessory will be compatible with only select Samsung smartphones.
Laucnhed for Rs 4,999
The GamePad has Bluetooth and NFC support to enable easy pairing with your smartphone. Gamers can also use the HDMI cable to connect it to TVs for a larger viewing area. The Smartphone GamePad works in conjunction with the 'Mobile Console' app that can be downloaded from the Samsung App store. Using the app, gamers can launch, browse and buy supported games. Samsung plans to release 35 supported games at the launch, and will continue to add more games.
Tipping the scale at 195 grams, the GamePad has been embedded with a an eight-way D-pad, four action buttons, two analog sticks, two trigger buttons, Select button, Start button and Play button. The Play button can be used to pair the accessory with the Samsung Galaxy smartphones running on Android 4.3 and with NFC compatibility. The Play button also lets users directly launch the game without touching the display, but this is restricted to Samsung devices at the moment.