Samsung wants to turn your Android smartphone into a gaming console

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics has introduced the Smartphone GamePad and Mobile Console app to enhance the gaming experience on the company's popular line of Galaxy devices.

Launched in response to the rapidly expanding global mobile gaming market, the GamePad provides consumers with a fun, convenient, and advanced gaming experience anytime, anywhere, according to the electronics giant.

The GamePad instantly transforms the user's Galaxy smartphone or tablet into a portable gaming console - mobile devices ranging from 4in to 6.3in are supported.

The GamePad easily connects with smartphones and tablets through Bluetooth pairing. For Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 such as Galaxy Note 3, S4, Note II, and S III, users can easily connect with the GamePad via NFC tag for quicker access.

Also, users can also connect their mobile device to a HDTV via a HDMI cable or wirelessly via AllShare screen mirroring to make the system work like a gaming console.

With just a tap of the Play button on the GamePad, users can access the Mobile Console app, Samsung's new integrated game launching app that allows users to conveniently browse and purchase supported games.

The 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 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 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 and as of press time we are unable to confirm if it will make it here.