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Gaming on Android has come a long way since the early days - we're even starting to see console-quality games show up for certain devices. However, there is one major shortcoming: touch controls, for the most part, are complete crap. They're a little more manageable on a device like a tablet, but they're downright unusable on a smartphone.

The solution? A controller. This is becoming a more and more widely adopted feature, thanks to things like the Zeemote. Additionally, the Tegra 3 processor's kernel offers USB controller support baked-in.

Now, PowerA, a company known for creating gaming accessories, is trying its hand at a new Bluetooth controller for Android. And it looks pretty promising.

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As you can see, the Moga offers a neat little pop-out holder for your phone, essentially transforming it into a full-fledged handheld gaming system. There's also a companion app that sorts through your installed games and detects which have support for the controller, allowing you to launch them directly from one location.

So, how much is it going to cost? That's the thing - we don't know yet. PowerA has stated that the Moga should be available before the 2012 holiday season, so we'll likely see pricing information show up in the coming months.

[Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Chris Bozsik

    eww. it uses the Xbox styled layout so no freaking buy. horrible controller design in my opinion.

    • Pseudo99

      So you enjoy bumping your thumbs together with the "other" controller design? Get a bit of sweat on those convex analog sticks, then thumb slipping begins? Yes, that's the superior layout.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ElTimablo Timothy John Keighley Robertso

         The Xbox sticks get just as slippery, in my experience, if not moreso. The PS3 controller at least has textured thumb sticks, so if you REALLY bare down on them, you might get a little traction.

        Doesn't change the fact that they both still suck.

    • What

      Xbox controller layout is the best .

  • http://twitter.com/videomap videomap

    Is there space for controller ? mmmmmmm look this:
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2E8D73B9D757086B

  • http://twitter.com/ImSteevin ImSteevin

    It's a pretty clever design considering the differences in device size and shape.

  • Gav456

    Would be nice with a 10k mAh battery strapped to it and micro USB for charging your phone while you play - I'll wait till next year to see how much dev support they get: will have to be more than the XP play b4 I buy one

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    It's clear that there's going to be a lot of these types of controllers coming out.  It's also clear most of them are using their own SDKs and asking developers to include support.  It's also clear that isn't going to work out very well.  What's not clear, when Google will jump in to offer some sort of standardized API.  This is one place where Google needs to take a note from Microsoft's playbook.  DirectX was a godsend to gamers once it caught on, and it solved almost all of the controller-related issues in the early days.

  • guest

    icontrolpad?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.blackmon.921 Joshua Blackmon

    Awesome my favorite Xbox still controlor now don't have to root my phone I'm glad I dint omg that thing beats all controlors buys good job were can I get one of those .that thing looks awesome I will never buy a PSP or ds ever agian .make me some apps for that thing I wanna take it for a spin

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