Six Gaming Controllers For Your Smartphones
Smartphones are getting more powerful by the year and they’re no longer just used for communication and simple entertainment, but they have become a mobile gaming console for some. However, the all-screen setup has its limitations and can’t provide that physical satisfaction a real controller can provide. The solution? Game controllers. Check out the six gaming controllers you can use on your Android or iOS device.
Note: Not all games on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store are guaranteed to have full controller support, please make sure that you check the games you plan to play have controller support.
Moga Pro Controller (Android Only)
Moga is a company well-known for creating controllers for smartphones, and the Pro controller is one of the best that the company has to offer. The Moga Pro has an adjustable arm where you could fit up to 6-inch devices and a tablet stand if you plan to use this controller with any device with a larger display. The controller has the layout similar to that of the Xbox 360’s, including the off-axis analog sticks and rear triggers.
It also has Bluetooth support, allowing you to play wireless. Lastly, the Moga Pro controller has a built-in 2200mah battery that you can use as a pseudo-powerbank to charge your phone while gaming. Without charging your phone with the controller, the Moga Pro claims to have up to 18 hours of battery life.
The Moga Pro Controller costs Php5,671 on e-commerce website Lazada.
8Bitdo NES30 Pro (iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux, Nintendo Switch )
Another company well known for making third party controllers is 8Bitdo, the make controller for various platforms. This Bluetooth controller is no exception, as it supports iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux and even the Nintendo Switch. Its design reminds us of the NES controller, but it’s shaped more like the SNES controller. Unlike the previous controller, the layout here is more symmetrical, the analog sticks are parallel to each other, and the controller lacks a secondary set of triggers. The NES30 Pro claims up to 18 hours of battery life.
The 8Bitdo NES30 Pro costs PHP 2,263 on Lazada.
IPEGA 9055 (iOS, Android, PC)
IPEGA is another third party accessory maker, and it’s well known for having a myriad of other accessories, controllers and speakers this one stands out however by being a stretch controller, wrapping itself around the device, giving it a layout similar to a Nintendo Switch or PS Vita.
The controller can fit most devices from 5-inch smartphones, all the way to 10-inch tablets. The Ipega 9055 claims to have up to 10 hours of battery life, and retails for Php2,463 on Lazada.
Sony Dual Shock 4 Controller (PC, Android)
Better known as the controller that is mainly for the Sony PlayStation 4 gaming platform, the Dual Shock 4 controller is one of the best controllers of the new console generation and is a huge step forward compared to the Dual Shock 3. The controller layout is very similar to the other controllers here, as the only difference lies on its new touchpad and the share button which is also used for Bluetooth pairing. The Dual Shock 4 is known to have a battery life of 4-5 hours, and it’s available for Php2,995.
Mocute 050 (iOS,Android,PC)
The Mocute 050 is not too different from the other controllers on this list. Having a similar layout and stand as the Moga power, it is used as a controller for the Freefly mobile VR headset which is sold separately. For Php900, the Mocute 050 claims its battery could go up to 40 hours. You can check the item here.
Gamevice (iOS, Android)
The Gamevice works similar to the Ipega 9055 in the way that it wraps around the device. The one thing that makes it stand out is the 400mAh battery inside that could extend your phone’s battery life for a few more minutes, unlike other controllers on this list. It does not connect via Bluetooth but with the a built in connector to the device’s port. Take note, however, that the Gamevice has several versions of the controller for different smartphone models so make sure to check for compatibility.
The Gamevice costs Php5,490 and you can find it on Beyond The Box.
And there you have it — six controllers to amp up your mobile gaming experience. We hope this helps in your next purchase decision. Do you have other controllers you can suggest? Leave them in the comments section below.