Samsung Smartphone GamePad

This is the future of mobile gaming

By on December 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

This is the future of mobile gaming

Dedicated portable consoles like Nintendo’s 3DS lineup and Sony’s PlayStation Vita provide gaming experiences that aren’t even approached by today’s smartphones and tablets. But as top video game developers continue to embrace Android and iOS, and as mobile devices get more powerful, will dedicated portable consoles still have a place in the video game market a few years from now? Smartphone and tablet penetration continues to soar but when it comes to gaming, on-screen controls bring serious limitations to the mobile video game experience. The solution for those looking for a better way to game on the go is to spend hundreds of dollars on a separate console — but why not spend a fraction of that on a gaming controller attachment like Samsung’s new Smartphone GamePad? More →

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Nintendo's Wii U GamePad aims to make gaming more social

By on June 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM.

Nintendo's Wii U GamePad aims to make gaming more social

Nintendo Wii U Gamepad Details Unveiled

Rightly or wrongly, gaming has always been viewed as a solitary activity, but Nintendo wants to make sure that Wii gamers never again have to stomp on giant mushrooms or rescue princesses alone. The retooled version of the Wii U GamePad, unveiled by Nintendo during the annual E3 conference on Monday, will be the centerpiece of the company’s effort to make gaming a more social experience. Among other things, the GamePad features a touchscreen that gamers can interact with using either a finger or a stylus, and a built-in monitor and webcam that can be used to conduct video chats with fellow gamers. Most intriguingly, the GamePad opens up the possibility for what Nintendo dubs “asymmetric game play,” where two players can work cooperatively on the same game even as they’re seeing different levels and aspects of it from their own personal GamePad monitor. Nintendo’s full press release follows below. More →

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