Frequent Android gamers know that the newest AAA titles are insatiable power hogs, and more than a few are made infinitely better with the addition of hardware controls. Until someone comes out with an Xperia Play MAXX (seriously Sony, get on that), the MOGA Power series might just be the best way to address these issues. The controller/external battery combos have been a long time coming, but now they're finally available for pre-order on Amazon.
The MOGA Hero Power is the more compact option, similar to the original portable MOGA in size, but with quite a few improvements. In addition to a slightly larger and more ergonomic shape, the dual thumbsticks now have actual sticks, so they should have much more responsive movement. There's also a real D-pad, bringing the full layout in line with PlayStation and Xbox console controllers. Naturally the whole thing is rechargeable, and you can boost your phone's battery from the internal 1800mAh unit. The MOGA Hero Power costs $59.99.
The Pro Power is designed to emulate the full console experience with a big, beefy controller and larger buttons all around, including full shoulder triggers. The design is basically unchanged from the older MOGA Pro aside from some aesthetic shifts and an adjusted grip. The Power Pro includes a larger 2200mAh internal battery, and it's going for $79.99.
Both controllers are set to ship on November 14th with Prime-eligible shipping discounts, which is stretching the original "fall 2013" target a bit. (For what it's worth, the Power A MOGA site says that orders placed with the official store will ship in mid-October). I've got an original MOGA and I'm pretty pleased with it, but the prices are definitely crawling into uncomfortable territory for a gaming-only accessory. I wish MOGA had made some non-power versions available for $20-30 less. Even so, I'm eager to see how the new Hero Power feels while gaming.