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Samsung Multimedia Dock: Turning Your Android into a Powered Games Console

Hey there! You may have remembered last month I reviewed the Samsung Multimedia Dock for the Galaxy Note 2. It’s back! And this time we’re going nuts for games.

In the review, I mentioned you could plug-in a USB game controller such as a PS3 sixaxis controller, and use it to play various games. Here, we’re going to have a look at exactly how versatile this combination is, turning your precious phone into a pocket-sized console.

You will need…

  • A Samsung phone compatible with the multimedia dock
  • A compatible USB controller (I’m using a standard PS3 control pad)
  • Samsung Multimedia Dock
  • A big TV
  • A selection of your favourite games that are compatible with a gamepad
  • Optional: Root
  • Optional: Sixaxis Controller app
  • Optional: USB mouse

Lets begin with the basics. To set up, plug your dock into your tv and connect your phone. To make the dock display as full screen, connect a USB mouse. Connect your USB controller and open up your favourite game. Vector Unit have some great games compatible with a controller such as Beach Buggy Blitz and Shine Runner. Those of you that prefer FPS games could always get Dead Trigger or Shadowgun from Madfinger. Playing Shadowgun on your tv makes your Xbox want to cry.

Got a favourite emulator? Yea we all do. Open that up and enjoy Pokemon or other classics on your big screen. You can use emulators such as FPSE to play your favorite PS1 games like Final Fantasy 7 like you did all those years ago….. I’m starting to feel old now.

Here’s the killer part…. If you’re an Onlive user, you can use your phone to play games such as Assassin’s Creed and Saint’s Row 3 on your TV. In short, using the Multimedia Dock effectively turns your phone into a gaming monster. Imagine how many wires and connectors you’d have in the corner near your TV if you had a NES, SNES, Megadrive (Genesis), PS1, N64, Atari etc… Or you could have your phone and maybe 3 wires, and with games such as Dead Triger 2 on the horizon, things can only get better.

Just so you know, you can achieve a similar experience using any phone capable of using an MHL adapter, and a wireless controller, I just happen to have a Galaxy Note 2 and Multimedia Dock handy, so that’s what I’m using.

Can you think of any other cool ways to enhance your gaming experience on your phone? Let me know in the comments below

About Chris Summerfield

Chris is the Android gaming nut of the team. He's probably got more games under his belt than is possible to complete in a year of 24 hour non stop gaming. He currently repairs phones for a living to feed his 2 young boys. Chris runs his entire digital life from an Android device opting to use a Samsung smartdock and galaxy note 2.