Kenny Foster on Wednesday, May. 22nd
The Moga Pro game controller for Android devices aims to take mobile gaming to the next level. The Pro brings a more traditional-controller feel with its dual analog sticks and rubber like grip when compared to its predecessor.
Not everything is a step forward though. Holding the controller in my hands for the first time was really unsatisfying. As a Playstation gamer, I'm used to having my joysticks made of actual "rubber," it makes a big difference. The joysticks were also difficult to keep steady while I was playing the first person shooter game Battle Bears.
The Moga arm in the middle of the controller flips up, gripping your Android phone. It even adjusts to grip the bigger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The only problem with this is the weight of the phone throwing off the balance of the controller, but after awhile, you get used to it.
For those of you with Android tablets, the controller is Bluetooth enabled, allowing you to play on a bigger screen. You can even connect your device to a TV for the ultimate gaming experience, giving it the same feel as a gaming system.
This is where I thought the controller shined. I played Grand Theft Auto Vice City on the Galaxy Nexus tablet and the next thing I know three hours had flown by. Stealing cars with Tommy Vercetti on mobile was just not doing it for me until I tried it with the Moga Pro.
So all I need to get the same feel from the good ol' PS2 days, is the Moga Pro and my phone. It was really nostalgic.
The MOGA Pivot App enables gamers to easily browse, find and play a list of MOGA Enhanced Games in one convenient location. MOGA Pivot App is available free via Google Play. Its catalog of games is decent for now; I'm guessing they will continue to add more.
So even though it took some getting used to, I can't lie: I had fun using the Moga Pro. At the end of the day it does upgrade the mobile gaming experience by 10 fold. If you have an android tablet I highly recommend you invest in one.
The Moga Pro gaming controller is now available online or at your local gaming store for only $50.
DISCLOSURE: a Moga Pro unit was provided to TurnstyleNews by Power A for the purposes of this review