Playing video games on your Android smartphone or tablet is great fun. But, an extended period of gaming on touchscreen smartphones can lead to sore thumbs because they can’t be used a lot. Thankfully there are some great Android game controllers that allow you to control your game with great precision and provide comfort during extended game play.
If you are going to take your Android gaming seriously and dominate the online charts, you’ll need the aid of a good quality Android game controller. This article is about those controllers that make our lives a lot easier and fun.
I’ve been using a PlayStation 4 controller with my Android devices for a long time and they work well. If you have a PS controller lying around, I would recommend you try that first with your Android device. The only downside is that there is no bracket to hold your device and you’ll have to prop it somewhere manually.
But if you’re willing to spend a little bit of cash on a good quality Android game controller, then this list will help you narrow down some of the best options available on the market to date. A point to be noted here is that the list is not in any particular order, not every controller will be for everyone and different gamers have different needs, so select the one that will serve you best.
1. Power MOGA Hero
If you’re keen on striking a perfect balance between usability and comfort, then this is the controller made just for you. The Batman symbol shaped controller is not only surprisingly comfortable to hold but comes with a lot of buttons.
The best thing about this controller is that it comes with a smartphone bracket that can hold even large smartphones like the Galaxy Note series. While the controller may look big from the front, it is actually quite slim and you can easily slip it into your backpack or purse.
One great thing about this controller is that it comes with its own 1800 mAh battery. The battery not only powers up the controller but can also be used to juice up your smartphone in case the gaming session goes unexpectedly long. The dual analog sticks featured on this controller also clickable making them effectively another set of buttons.
2. Mad Catz L.Y.N.X 9
Have you ever wondered how a Transformer would disguise itself as an Android game controller?
Yeah, I thought so too and apparently this thought also kept Mad Catz up at night. This futuristic and robotic looking controller is more of a joke than an actual controller, at least to a middle-class person like me.
In all honesty, I would rather get a Xbox One for $300 than a simple Android controller. But if you have the money to spend and need a strikingly attention capturing Android game controller then, by all means, go for this controller.
It is a modular, foldable controller that fits nicely in your pocket. It even comes with a built-in mic that gives audio for calls and Internet searches using your voice. The controller is actually made up of sturdy materials and will probably last a long period of time but the asking price is way too high for it to be a viable option for many Android gamers.
3. Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R
Mad Catz makes insanely high priced and fairly great PC gaming peripherals, but their venture into the Android waters is not as successful. There are many reasons why the Mad Catz controller is a great one, but there are some annoying problems with it. However, I would rate the cons to be of a very little consequence, especially when the controller feels great to hold in your hand.
They start talking about the best things about the controller; the integrated media buttons are a great way to add remote control functionality to your Android device. It comes with dual mode Bluetooth that ensures compatibility with future devices as well as current funds.
The controller also comes with three gaming modes that allow you a different level of precision and functionality. If you have an Android gaming system like M.O.J.O, you can attach two of these controllers to gain general and couch multiplayer functionality.
4. NykoPlaypad Pro
If you’re in the market for an inexpensive Android game controller, then NykoPlaypad Pro might be the one made for you. But I’ll be honest with you, this one is made from cheap materials and the buttons feel very flimsy to touch. I’ve used it personally and found it to be of a very low quality.
But if you are strapped for cash and need an easily controllable Android controller, then this is a great option. The shape of the controller is directly inspired by the Xbox 360 controller and that is a good thing.
You’ll be able to easily control your favorite tablet games with the controller that optimized HID protocol for NvidiaTegra based devices. There is even a companion app that allows you to customize the controls any way you want.
5. Xiaomi Genuine Wireless Controller
Xiaomi is a relatively new player in the Android peripheral market but it has made a good name for itself. The Xiaomi controller is only recommended for those who are living in Asia because the prices are, quite frankly insane in the United States as well as Europe. So if you happen to visit Asia, especially China then be on the lookout for a relatively cheaper but good quality wireless Bluetooth controller.
The thing is, this is not a dedicated Android controller by any means, and you can use it with smartphones, tablets as well as other Android media boxes. One good thing about this controller is that it comes with a dual motor vibration that really feels great during gameplay. It even has a 3-axis gravity sensor which is yet to be used effectively in any game.
6. SteelSeries Gaming Controller
If space is your concern and you want to take your Android game controller anywhere with you, then SteelSeries has a great option for you. The small shaped controller is easily pocketable and can be carried anywhere with ease. The wireless controller connects via Bluetooth technology and is fully compatible with Samsung Gear VR as well as Smartphones and tablets.
If your PC has Bluetooth, then this controller can easily work with full PC released games as well. The range is touted to be 30 feet but in my experience, it’s more likely to be around 20 feet. However, the range is not the concern in Android gaming because you are actually using your own handheld device.
The minimalistic shape of the controller is great for carrying, but not so great for long periods of gaming. Remember that old Nintendo controller? The one that used to dig into your palms with its sharp edges? This one is also like that but there are no sharp edges, just inconvenience.
This ends our quest to uncover the six best Android game controllers that every gamer needs. If I had to recommend one controller that is both portable and easy to use I would go with the first one on the list here. Some of the companies like Razer also make Android controllers but they are way too flimsy to be even considered good.
If you have any questions about hooking up these controllers with your device or if you have a better option available, feel free to talk to us in the comments. We always love to hear your opinions.