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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer with Android 3.1 Supports Xbox360 and PS3 Controllers

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, May 31, 2011.

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    Gaming on your ASUS Eee Pad Transformer just got even better. Apparently, the newest update to Android Honeycomb, version 3.1, gives the tablet the ability to use a plugged in Playstation3 or Xbox360 controller. Couple this with the HDMI output on the tablet to output to your home TV screen, and you have a recipe for some serious fun.

    I can envision a future where tablets are the dominate gaming console. With their ease of portability, as their graphics technology and multi-player inter-connectivity continue to improve, it will make it much easier to have a LAN party for gaming with a large group, or to just casually pop out your device to game with a buddy. What do you guys think?

    Source: AndroidTablets.net and TransformerForums via SlashGear
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    Wow....Asus is just killing it.

    I hope it's a solid piece of tech because I want them to succeed. They seem to be the only truly cutting-edge mfr out there right now with everyone else trying to be a little different while being afraid to be too different.
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    Dang. I want a Transformer even more now. I always wanted this to work on the G Tablet that I had for awhile.
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    I absolutely love my Transformer. I hooked my ps3 controller up the other day just to try it out. It was pretty cool.

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    * plugs in PS3 controller
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    I think if tablets were to take over in the gaming industry, you'd have to design games that work only with controllers. Not only that, but mobile games aren't as 'engrossing' as console/PC games are. I do however see them as a 'family gaming device'. Family time would take on a whole new take.
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    Technically, shouldn't this work with any Honeycomb tablet with version 3.1 and a USB port?

    Brandon
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    i think you can get it working but i dont have a ps3 or 360 to try it out. or the otg cable for my xoom anyways for that matter lol but i do have a wiimote classic controller that works perfect out of the box. im gonna hit my friend with a ps3 up and best buy tho cause i want that otg cable regardless.
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    Oh great! That just freaking great! Now I'll never get any work done!
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    Works on my Xoom as well

    This is the USB host mode feature included with 3.1 and not unique to Asus
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    well either way... This truly changes everything. Unlike other companies who change the device to make it look boxxier (yeah) and give it a reception problem.
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    Agreed.
    Its nothing special to the Transformer. It's a Honeycomb 3.1 option. I tried it on my Xoom 2 weeks ago and it worked flawlessly.
    Certainly not a newsworthy note specifically for the Transformer. I'm not knocking the device. I'm sure its a great piece of hardware. But why wasn't this mentioned when 3.1 came out for the XOOM?? No Moto love?
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    A tablet will never replace a gaming console...yea it might be more portable but come on...its a 10.1 inch screen and the display under sun wont be very good...also there's way better games on consoles

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    Nintendo seems to think tablets and consoles will work, if current rumors are true.
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    Exactly how often do you play your XBox360/PS3 outside in the sun? Screen size is irrelevant when you can plug it into your TV. Your tablet may have a 10.1" screen but your XBox360/PS3 has no screen whatsoever.

    That being said, I don't think tablets will "replace" consoles for a while until you can get a tablet with 200 gigs of memory (so we're talking what, late 2012 at this rate?) and quad-cores or whatever comes after them.

    Remember that Sony, Microsoft, et al, make no money selling the console, sometimes selling them at losses. They make their money on the peripherals and software. I see no logical reason why Microsoft or Sony wouldn't love to give up making consoles and focus entirely on software and peripherals that work on a multitude of devices rather than only their proprietary system. It seems to me they'd make more sales.
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    I don't play outside, but you know where I was going with that. But at least when you plug your console in to a tv, the screen size will surely be bigger than 10.1 inches right. That way you don't have to have your face right up at that small 10.1 inch screen.



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    It's always been about controlling the home media center.

    Don't hold your breath. Computers have had the capability for some time but MS and Sony aren't porting their console software to PC's.

    Heck, Sony won't even let you dual boot Linux anymore...do you really think they're going to load up their PS3 on Android?
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    Doh no edit....Experia Experia....OK, so maybe Sony or MS will come out with phones and tablets to replace their box. But I'd be skeptical that those would be more than a game-specific purposed device.
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    After seeing what the Sony NGP, now PS Vita, is capable of and it is still in its' infancy I have no doubt that tablets may one day replace dedicated consoles. The nVidia Tegra 3 and other quad core Cortex A9 SoCs are just the beginning. When we start seeing 12nm - 14nm processes and 8 way Cortex A9 or Cortex A15 SoCs married with the latest in mobile multi-core GPUs is when game consoles will start to fade. This won't be for at least another 3 - 5 years but it will come. It's just the natural progression of things. ARM powered devices will replace much of what we have now in the mobile and desktop space. Just look at the Kal-El tablet demo videos that surfaced today. The thing is absolutely amazing and will perform 20% - 30% better than the prototype according to all nVidia reps.
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