Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich includes support for gaming controllers

Oct 24, 2011
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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich includes support for gaming controllers

Devs digging around in the Android 4.0 SDK have found something that fans of Android gaming will really appreciate. The devs have discovered that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS will have integrated, native support for game controllers. That means you will be able to connect game controllers to the tablet to play your favorite games rather than relying on touch or motion control. That would be a really cool thing for controlling some of the old school arcade game ports that are out there.

I wonder what sort of game controllers will be supported. I would assume that Bluetooth and USB controllers would get the nod. That might allow you to just plug your Xbox or PS3 controllers in and play away with a much better control system. This won't be the first time a game controller has been usable on Android, there was a hack for the Wii remote a long time back.

I think the idea of real gaming controllers on the tablets coming in the future with better graphics, HD resolution gaming, and Tegra 3 power is very interesting. It would make for some very good mobile gaming on road trips.

[via Android Community]


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