The new MOGA controller aims to make gaming on Android device better by adding joysticks and buttons, and it already has big supporters like Gameloft.
Like most Android or iPhone controllers the MOGA is a Bluetooth device with a clasp to hold mobile devices in place. Smaller controllers like the 8 Bitty tend to lack any way to secure devices, but the MOGA aims to keep Android phones portable while adding extra controls.
The MOGA controller adds two joysticks, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons to any Android device. The layout of the buttons is reminiscent of the Xbox 360 controller, though the shape of the MOGA is different from any modern game controller.
The MOGA will work with any Android device running Android 2.3 or higher, and uses two AAA batteries for a charge. The clip can hold just about any Android smartphone including the massive Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Gameloft is one of the many game developers that support the MOGA, and it currently has eight games that support the controller. Those games include the Action Adventure game Wild Blood, racing game Asphalt 7, shooter NOVA 3, The Dark Knight Rises, and real Soccer 2013. Gameloft also promises more games will support the controller in the future.
EA Games also supports the MOGA controller with at least one game: Need For Speed Most Wanted. With the MOGA controller Need For Speed plays almost like a console game thanks to its fantastic graphics. The controls take some getting used to, but seem much better than virtual controls.
PowerA includes its own MOGA Pivot App to help users find apps that support the controller. The device also comes with a free download of Sonic CD by Sega and Pac-Man from Namco.
The MOGA is available now for $49.99 through PowerA’s website, and is also sold in T-Mobile stores for the same price.