Submitted by TheLyonKing 556d ago | opinion piece

Seen it before? Samsung's game controller looks familiar

The Samsung Bluetooth games controller, which is just a prototype at this point, clips-on to the Galaxy S4, allowing people to play games without using the touchscreen. (Mobile, Samsung)

Irishguy95  +   556d ago
Haha, same D-pad and all. But meh anyway, Nintendo already got there for the carbon copy controller
Ah well, the best is always copied
Snookies12  +   556d ago
I don't consider it the best, it's good, but definitely not the best. I don't think any controller has qualified for that actually. There are always flaws in pretty much every generation of controller, although they're usually small.
Septic  +   556d ago
No controller qualifies as the best of them? Well many will have their own preferences and no one is claiming it's perfect.

There may be flaws in every controller but that doesn't prevent one from being better than the other.
Snookies12  +   556d ago
@Septic - Irishguy95 said it was the best, I'm saying that no controller is the best. It's always an opinion.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   556d ago
Just because a small minority have the same opinion doesn't make it the best available opinion.

If 100 people say the sky is green and everyone else says it's blue, the doesn't mean those 100 people are right just because it's their opinion.

The 360 controller is the most copied controller by 3rd parties. 3rd parties don't even waste their time with DS3 controllers because they won't sell and wouldn't be worth the cost of producing them.

Sorry but Septic is right. "There may be flaws in every controller but that doesn't prevent one from being better then the other."

The 360 controller is most copied by competitors like Nintendo with their pro controller and 3rd party controller makers.

That's just the facts.
Ju  +   555d ago
360 controller...meh.

- D-Pad drives me crazy - ever picked the wrong menu because that thing doesn't go where you want to?
- Weak sticks - much lower precision than DS3 and bigger dead zone
- Buttons just feel cheap and convex rounding makes them slippery
- better triggers, though...

And I didn't even mention the async stick layout for people with async hands...well, but some think its the best controller ever made.

Makes me wonder why nobody clones Sony's controller but I guess this has more to do with patents, probably (?)
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raytraceme  +   555d ago
First of all nintendo's pro controller is as much of a copy as xbox's as xbox's copied the dreamcast controller. Two, I see more of nintendo's design bar the DREAMCAST'S abxy buttons than the xbox's with Samsung's new controller.
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guitarded77  +   556d ago
I smell a lawsuit brewing.
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StraightPath  +   556d ago
360 controller is the most cloned controller. Third party controllers always look like the 360 controller.

i just typed in "ps3 third party controller" in google images and see for your self even PS3 third party controllers are all 360 controller clones.

360 controller is one of the best controllers.
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wenaldy  +   556d ago
And 360 copied Dreamcast controller.. Your point?
ALLWRONG  +   556d ago
wenaldy but we don't see Samsung and Nintendo copying the Dreamcast controller.
trenso1  +   556d ago
i hate when 3rd parties copy the 360 controller, their controllers are often cheaper than the sony ones but i hate they feel the need to copy it and switch the analog stick around as if that is the perfect control scheme. make it bulky like the 360 if you will, but at least make the sticks parallel
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NeoTribe  +   556d ago
Considering the shape of human hands and fingers theres not exactlyto many ways to make a controller so there mostly gonna look alike. Like dude above said, xbox looks just like dreamcast. Its like how all phones are rectancular.... Because it makes sense figurong how are hands are made... Nobodys gonna make a triangular phone just to look different from the competition. Ps4 made there controller slightly larger and now it looks similar to the xbox controller. So all this time the ps3 controller was just like xbox but only smaller...
Gaming_Guru  +   555d ago
At: NeoTribe

You mean the Xbox controller was just a bigger PlaySation controller, PlayStation was out longer. You don't say a child's parents looks like the child, you say the child looks like the parents. As with that comment all together, I don't see how the new DualShock controller - subject to change - looks like an xbox controller.

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Ju  +   555d ago
The DS4 is based off of the DS3 and nothing else. And it improves upon all which made the DS3 great. I had it in my hands and you can feel the heritage to the DS3 - but it feels much better over all. I couldn't test the sticks (no SW running), but the sticks supposedly improved on the DS3, same with triggers; which I can't tell what the precision is, but they feel nice and sturdy while not overly convex to make them feel odd. Angles are about the same, I think they are actually a little smaller than on DS3 but not by much. The grip has improved, it's not just "bulkier" - it's in fact quite the same size - but the material changed and the surface feels softer and has a grip now. So, if anything, the DS4 will be the best controller ever made.
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miyamoto  +   556d ago
"the best is always copied"

You mean this controller?

http://sonic-scene.ru/asr/n... from 1996?

or these?

or this?

or this?


Yeah Nintendo is so original and innovative. :S

If any company is ripped of by M$ it is mainly SEGA:

online multiplayergaming, controller button layout and triggers, etc then Sony comes second.

Wii U Pro Controller is a rip off of a rip off.
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Arkrite  +   555d ago
Takes AGES to be this good
LOL at the first pad ive still got the black version of that it came with "Nights into Dreams" for the saturn still got the game and machine too.
jrbeerman11  +   555d ago
i hate to call controllers "rip offs" of each other as I really don't see much room for innovation....

for instance, what would you do differently on WiiU tablet controller? put the dpad on right side? put the xyab buttons on the left? put the analogs lower?

i guess you could add more buttons, but im pretty sure that the triangle buttons/dual analogs/1 dpad/4 triggers is the way to go.

problem with samsung is they don't even TRY to make it look different, i mean same colors and everything. looks like MS made it themselves.
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Derekvinyard13  +   556d ago
Nintendo nes controller was the best
Gimmemorebubblez  +   556d ago
Samsung the ultimate copy-cat.
HammadTheBeast  +   556d ago
Apple is.
JeffGUNZ  +   556d ago
Didn't apple bring the smart phone the where it is today with it's original iphone?
torchic  +   556d ago
Apple takes ideas and make them infinitely better, like the MP3 player and the touch screen phone.

Samsung takes ideas, put Samsung logos on top and market the living shit out of them.

people give Apple lots of shit when Samsung is the most innovationless company to ever cross the $100 billion market cap.
kwyjibo  +   556d ago

That's complete bullshit. And yes, Samsung is the ultimate copy-cat, because it copies products and then improves on them and kills everyone else in the market.

Look at them in the TV space, if you want a decent panel - you go Korean. Samsung are the reason Sony are in such dire straits.

And the touch screen smart phone? Samsung is on it. Plenty of people find them an improvement.
torchic  +   556d ago

it's 2013, it's not difficult to make an iPhone beating smartphone anymore, an "improvement" as you say. everyone caught up, even Nokia & Sony who were nowhere two years ago. it doesn't change the fact that Apple took an idea that was lousy and cumbersome, revolutionised it and with that revolutionised the mobile phone and how it is intergrated into our daily lives. Samsung took Apple's product (not idea) added a faster CPU, a better camera, a little more RAM, uhm and that's about it. no innovation whatsoever.

companies like Sony, Apple, Microsoft (I won't include them since they are a software company) have innovated products that today, have in their own ways changed, advanced and simplified people's lives all over the world. Samsung has NEVER innovated to anywhere close to that extent. they're simply a copy-cat company, making average to good products with a fantastic advertising & marketing strategy team and some good designers (Sir Jonathan Ive and his team at Apple still take the prize for most beautiful designs in the industry)

your point about Samsung making "kills everyone in the market" products is arguable, only to their smartphones. Sony still best them from a technical standpoint from yes TVs, to audio equipment, cameras, etc. Microsoft currently make the best tablets
I could go on forever.
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adorie  +   556d ago
Maybe. I'm definitely getting a GS4 next month, though. ^^

@Below, if you've seen the screen on my phone, ou may understand my decision.

I loved what I saw and it's a straight upgrade for me.
As for the presentation, it was funny, but nothing award winning. I only watched maybe half of it. After the translator portion, I was sold and stopped watching to do other things.
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kwyjibo  +   556d ago
Maybe I'm still smarting from how much I hated the the GS4 launch presentation. It was horrendously outrageously tasteless broadway bullshit.

But I still think the HTC One is the better device.

Neither of them are going to stop me getting the Nexus 4 though, it just totally undercuts the top tier phones and still performs well.
majiebeast  +   556d ago
Who would copy that dpad its the worst Jerry the worst.
Snookies12  +   556d ago
While I will say it's probably the second worst, the absolute worst d-pad is definitely the Gamecube controller. That thing was awful... The rest of the controller was amazing though lol.
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caseh  +   556d ago
Oh I dunno, the Xbox d-pad in the first few releases is horrendous. Much better in recent revisions though but still not as good as the PS3 d-pad.

With that said, if youw ant a nice d-pad you're better off buying a 3rd party pad like the Hori Commander, epic d-pad goodness.
Zhipp  +   555d ago
I second this. I loved the Gamecube controller, but that D-pad was, quite literally, unusable.
ALLWRONG  +   556d ago
The D-Pad does suck. The 360 controller is near perfect accept for the defective D-Pad.
stage88  +   556d ago
Near perfect?

It's really not. Not by a long shot.
kma2k  +   556d ago
Now what i want more than anything is the option for hdmi output & controller input (controller wireless of course) let me play my emulators on the big screen through my phone. Oh & a secondary port for charging at the same time, thank you :)
WarThunder  +   556d ago
What a stupid article

Seen this before?


Xbox control layout is a Sega Dreamcast copy... But no one said something about it.
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JamieL  +   556d ago
Yea they are just alike...Oh, except the DC controller only had 1 stick. That is a pretty big difference the "Xbox copied the DC controller" camp leaves out. So different I think its grasping at straws. The 360 controller is 10x better, and nothing like it IMO.

Edit: oh yea and no triggers, or sholder buttons. Yea saying that they copied that is a fanboy delusion, nothing more. They couldn't be any diffrent.
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Good_Guy_Jamal  +   556d ago
Pretty sure lots of people did. Including you. Xbox 360 is an evolution of the dreamcast, true, but it brought in a whole lot more like those perfect triggers and snug fit in your hands. Pity about the dpad and shoulder buttons though, those are horrendous!
CC-Tron  +   555d ago
I think the Sega Saturn controller had the best D-Pad ever made and should be copied by all the others.
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edonus  +   556d ago
I like this thing. I would buy that and i'm not even in to all the mobile gaming stuff.

This thing just made life really hard for the Vita and DS.
Hicken  +   556d ago
Yeah, because you REALLY want to be seen using that thing on the side of your phone...

Oh, and you'll be playing all the Mario and Uncharted games on it, too, right?
edonus  +   554d ago
My point is that i already have the phone like most people out there. There are tons of games to download some cheap some pretty deep, I even had a emulator were I played NES games on my old samsung but I stopped playing it because controlling it using the screen controls were just to hard.

This adding a stable control system I can see playing a few more of the games I see released and f I were a dev I would see this as a way to make more controllers taxing games for the mobile market.
maniacmayhem  +   554d ago
"Yeah, because you REALLY want to be seen using that thing on the side of your phone..."

So Hicken, what's the difference being seen with this thing on the side of your phone or being seen holding a Vita?

What makes one more embarrassing than the other? Or did you just take offense to his claim of wanting this over the Vita?

I would really like to get your answer for this question.
Relientk77  +   556d ago
Looks completely original to me

Sarobi  +   556d ago
*Pretending to not see the sarcasm tag*
Obvious Samsung employee is obvious
Animal Mutha 76  +   556d ago
Good idea to create a pad for the new S4 phone. small enough to carry in your man bag too.

I use the icade bluetooth pad with my ipad and iphone. Its great for MAME and general gaming.

And for the me the Xbox 360 controller V2 (with the switchable Dpad) is the best controller Ive ever used in 26 years of gaming. Even better than the Quickshot Maverick joystick that was essential for sensible soccer on the Amiga and was so loved I still have one.

The 360 controller just suits my big hands and with the chat pad is easy to message friends. I prefer the analogue layout and triggers to the competition.

Its no surprise that the pc version of the xbox 360 controller is so widely used and supported. I even use one for Flight Sim X.

Just my own preference sony/ninty fans!
llMurcielagoll  +   556d ago
I've been on the Micro site of the Galaxy S4 just now and saw the accessory.

Someone is going to be sued for Patent infringement, this is assuming if Microsoft actually has a patent for their skettles buttons and the D-Pad on the controller.
TI_21  +   556d ago
Maybe they cooperate with Microsoft for their next gen console. Noone knows - yet.
Xbox 360's controller also looks like something familiar as it looks like something that was made by Fisher Price.
tachy0n  +   556d ago
anybody wants to know what the fusion of the X360 controller and the PS3 look like?

see attached image!

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Masta Kaos  +   556d ago
The Xbox D-Pad sucks....
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Hozi  +   555d ago
I don't like the design of the attachment. It looks kinda fat and ugly...then again this is the early design.
Heavenly King  +   555d ago
the button layout is not pattented by M$??
CEOSteveBallmer  +   555d ago
So we can see guys, If touchscreen is the way to go forward then why is samsung creating a button controller for their smartphone right? So they accept that no matter how technology advances in the games industry, We gamers still want the old classic "Buttons". Im not bashing the touch interface but most core games are better suited for buttons and joystick. I can comment at this because ive been playing Ios games on the Ipod and it really just pisses me off my thumb occluding my screen when I play and sometimes when im touching the virtual joystick in some games like dungeon hunter, hero of sparta, my finger touches sides of it because i can't feel if im really touching the joystick so I need to look at the virtual stick while looking also at the environment and character. So I know you guys get what I mean. casual games are good on touchscreen. Nothing beats a controller. And this is another way of samsung getting "core" gamers to buy their smartphone, Heh pretty smart move? Only if core gamers will get into this. they would probably buy it as a phone but not a gaming handheld.
monkeyfox  +   555d ago
hmmm... that usb connector looks a little loose...
gdguide  +   555d ago
360 controller for me and my hands has been the best so far. PS3 controller for me always felt too small and slipped a bit with shooters like KZ2-3

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