The PowerA MOGA brings console-like game controls to Android phones
By Nick Moore
June 3, 2012
The PowerA MOGA is a Bluetooth game pad that brings traditional console controls to your Android smartphone. Set to launch in late 2012, the MOGA controller features dual analog sticks, as well as two triggers and a full set of face buttons, in an overall design that is reminiscent of the Xbox 360 controller, minus the directional pad. Most importantly, the MOGA has a grip to hold any Android smartphone up to 7.8 cm (3.07 inches) wide, allowing you to keep your thumbs on the control pad at all times.
Smartphone games have grown increasingly complex, and often times a touchscreen is unable to provide sufficient control. Much like the Gametel, the MOGA controller aims to solve the touchscreen dilemma with physical buttons, but unlike the Gametel, the MOGA features dual analog sticks that are a must for gamers interested in 3D games such as shooters.
From a design perspective, the MOGA is a tried and true game controller. The button layout is similar to that of the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, and the analog sticks bear a resemblance to the circle pads found on the Nintendo 3DS. PowerA is also launching a MOGA Pro controller, which features more robust analog sticks, a directional pad, and is larger in size.
The MOGA will come with a companion app called MOGA Pivot, which will direct players to games that support the MOGA controller. Additionally, because the controller uses Bluetooth to connect, the MOGA is also compatible with most Android tablets. PowerA claims the MOGA controller can run for 24 hours on two AAA batteries, meaning your smartphone will likely run out of juice long before your game pad.