Samsung wants to use a certification mechanism to strengthen the game-streaming community surrounding its smart TVs. The business today introduced Designed for Samsung Gaming Hub, which officially designates third-party accessory makers’ products as compatible with the platform ahead of CES 2024 in Las Vegas. Pre-orders are being accepted for PDP’s first licensed gamepad for the program.
Products from hardware partners that collaborate with Samsung under the program will bear the label “Designed for Samsung Gaming Hub.” The business states that the accreditation indicates the controller will offer the “best possible game streaming experience on Samsung Gaming Hub, regardless of the supported Samsung device players choose,” even though Samsung Gaming Hub is compatible with the majority of conventional Bluetooth gamepads. On its smartphones, Samsung says the badge represents “compatibility, quality, performance, safety and security.”
If, on the other hand, you already have a Bluetooth gamepad that syncs with Samsung Gaming Hub and you don’t mind not having specific shortcut buttons, then you should be good to go.
A good selection of game streaming services, such as Xbox Game Pass, GeForce Now, Amazon Luna, Boosteroid, Blacknut, Utomik, and Antstream Arcade, is available with the Samsung Gaming Hub. (That list once included the sadly deceased Google Stadia.) It can also stream media from YouTube, Twitch, and Spotify.
The PDP Replay Wireless Controller is the first certified hardware partner device. Its low-latency Bluetooth connection may be established up to 30 feet away, and its battery life can last up to 40 hours. The TV power and volume buttons are located on it, along with a dedicated button that opens the Samsung Gaming Hub.