The android games have been developed with so many standards in recent days. Though most of the games are designed to be played with the touchscreen rather than the traditional controller. But using a controller to play games in Android will give an upper hand to the gamers. There are also particular games which also come with controller setup, these games take the game to the next level when played using controllers.
There are numerous types of controllers out there in the market in different sizes and forms. Portability is one of the main features which we have to look in while choosing a controller, but most of the portable controllers are not that great. A controller has to be a mix of features like size, shape, layout and portability, these are the factors which made us pick these 4 controllers which are listed below. Most of the controllers have almost the same size and shape, most of them have a design based on the Xbox controller. So if you have any Xbox emulators, you can quickly revamp your whole gaming experience.
Let’s have our look around some of the best android game controllers or gamepads to revamp the gaming experience.
Top Rated Android Game Controllers 2016
1. MadCatz GameSmart C.T.R.L
This controller has been designed having both Android and PC in mind. Works flawlessly with most of the leading Android devices. Talking about the design, the controller offers two analog sticks, a d-pad, 4 main action buttons on the face as- A, B, X, Y, start, back, a sync button, two shoulder trigger, and two smaller shoulder buttons. One of the best in the controller is that it has a play/pause, fast forward, rewind, and turn volume up and down on its face. Making this controller eligible to be handy while playing VR games.
The Controller also has a three-way slide switch with three different modes. The mode to the left side is the GameSmart that is the basic mode of using the controller for Android. The mode to the middle is the mouse mode that works with both PC and Android device, giving the fully functional mouse pointer controller using the left analog stick. The controller is packed with AA sized batteries.
The controller feels good in the hand, along with the great functions. As a bottom-line, this controller could be highly recommended if the user wants an extra feature like PC compatibility, mouse functionality and media playback.
2. Steel Series Stratus XL
Steel Series Stratus XL is one of the impressive looking and feel. It packs a media control, a decent phone holder and a solid feel in the hand. The controller has a matte black finish with orange and grey accent colors that give a good look which makes it feel durable. Just like the MadCatz C.T.R.L, this one also looks like a Xbox controller, but has a PlayStation controller like button layout. The d-pad is seen to the upper left, main action buttons (A, B, X, Y) on the face, three unique buttons in the centre, and at the top are the two triggers and two shoulder buttons.
Steel Series Stratus XL is also compatible with both PC and Android. Controller gives an easy connectivity across both PC and Android. The controller has to work with all the Android games that support controllers. They are powered by AA Battery and does not have a phone holder option which limits its portability. If the user wants a high-quality look and feel, then Steel Series Stratus XL the controller for them.
3. Moga Pro Power
Though this controller is few years old, but still its one of the best controller. It’s cheaper compared to both the controllers in the list. The controller packs a rechargeable Li-ion battery and built-in phone holder which gives the gamers to choose this controller among the others as it gives great portability.
The Pro Power comes with two clickable analog sticks, a D-Pad, four action buttons, start and select buttons, two triggers, and two shoulder buttons. Of course, the design is just like the Xbox controller. The moulded plastic material makes the user have a nice grip over it and use it with ease. Its does not look as good as Stratus XL but it is not far from that mark.
The battery life is pretty good over here, if the user runs out of battery they could simply attach the controller to a micro USB slot and charge the controller back without even needs to change the battery. Super cool feature of this controller is that it can charge the user’s phone from its inbuilt battery. Though it might not give a full charge, but still will give a considerable amount of charge which indeed reduce the charge of the controller. Remember, this is Android-only controller unlike the others listed above.
4. Razor Serval
Razer Serval is an Android controller, which also works with Windows and Mac computers. This controller also reminiscent of Xbox controller, with 4 face buttons, 2 analog sticks, two shoulder buttons and two triggers. Two buttons could be found at the bottom which one is a back and another is the home button. There is also a three button located in the middle that can be used for shutting off the controller and to use in certain specific games.
The battery compartment is huge, so its a bit awkward while using, but never the less this is one gives a great feel in hand to play with. But whole plastic build makes us feel its cheap compared to the others in this list. Battery performance is really good.
This controller is slightly on the expensive side, considering the other controllers in this list which feels and looks better. But this is a great controller to play games on Android or computers (Windows and Mac). The back and home button integration for Android makes it the best choice and never to forget the phone holder which clips the phone easily.
Wrapping it up,
The Above shown are the few of the best Android game controllers out in the market. These controllers brings the game to life which makes the gamers play in another dimension of gaming. If there are other good controllers in the market, please let us know in the comment session below.
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