Turn your Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a games console with Ice Cream Sandwich

Turn your Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a games console with Ice Cream SandwichThe Samsung Galaxy Nexus is sounding pretty sweet (er, depending on the price), and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) only sweetens the deal.

We’re still learning about the new features in Ice Cream Sandwich, but Android engineer Romain Guy has proclaimed that one in particular (combined with HDMI output) can effectively turn your Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a games console. Of sorts.

A tweet from Guy declares: “With Android 4.0 you can use USB gamepads and HDMI to turn your Galaxy Nexus into a video games console!”

So, in theory, you could connect an Xbox 360 controller (for example) to your Samsung Galaxy Nexus and use the HDMI out capability to project the display on your TV.

Am I the only person who thinks that’s a tad redundant? I mean, I do the majority of my mobile gaming on the train, on the couch or in the can. Rather than go to the trouble of faffing with HDMI, I could just fire up the Xbox 360 or PS3.

Sorry, Romain. I didn’t mean to put a downer on your tweet. I'm sure it'll be great.

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corgi74  Oct. 25, 2011 at 09:17

If only there were some games worth playing on it.
Although it might be good for emulators

JohnnyUtah  Oct. 25, 2011 at 10:59

I'm sure I have already seen vids on YouTube of people doing that with the SGS2 on Gingerbread.

Fields25  Oct. 25, 2011 at 11:21

N64 emulators and the like. Hardly going to play angry birds with an xbox controller are you!!?

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 11:33

NOVA HD, would look brilliant on a tv and be a much better experience with an Xbox controller.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 25, 2011 at 12:30

Why would you want to play NOVA HD on TV? Sound like masochism to me. Try Rage or Portal instead.

Stelph  Oct. 25, 2011 at 13:35

Hmmm still involves wires tho, id say apple is still ahead on this one with iOS and Appletv/airplay


Mind you it is iPhone 4S and iPad 2 only :-p

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 25, 2011 at 13:57

Look very nice, but I cannot justify having multiple iPhones/iPads for this. Very expensive. I hope I don't have to buy a game for each device separately.

Stelph  Oct. 25, 2011 at 15:55

Haha true, I imagine the developers were thinking more along the lines of you and your friends would own an iPhone or iPad themselves and would come round to play it together rather than one person buying all the devices! :)

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 25, 2011 at 16:06

Hahahahaaha, what a waste of technology. Anyone over "drinking age" coming to play games to friend's house needs to see a shrink immediately or ask Siri what do to. Anyone under drinking age cannot afford Apple products anyways.


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