When we reviewed the MOGA Pocket (then simply called "MOGA") back in October of last year, we loved the controller, but felt it lacked a lot of functionality users want out of a game controller (emulator support, anyone?). Enter the MOGA Pro ($50): a larger, more full-featured version of the MOGA Pocket. With this controller, it appears that PowerA has taken into consideration everything it did "wrong" with the Pocket, and used that to improve things with the Pro. More than just a bigger version of last year's controller, the Pro brings all new functionality to the table, along with a more familiar form factor and extra buttons.
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When it comes to gaming on Android, there's nothing quite like adding a game controller to give the experience a more classic feel. There are several options floating around out there to make that happen, like Nyko's PlayPad/PlayPad Pro or the MOGA Pocket. If none of those float your boat, however, MOGA's newest controller – the MOGA Pro – just hit virtual shelves today.
Unlike it's highly-portable sibling, the MOGA Pro is more of a "full" game controller, with improved grips, dual shoulder buttons, a standard D-Pad, and raised, clickable joysticks. Also unlike the much smaller Pocket, the Pro features a rechargeable battery, which should save you from having to constantly buy AAA batteries.
The PowerA Moga Pro is a step up from the already adequate Moga controller. A little bit bigger, with a better grip and an included tablet stand make this iteration a worthy successor. Assuming you can make do with the limited selection of supported titles (or don't mind working with some key mappers to make it work yourself), that is.
Now, a Slickdeals user (didn't I tell you?) points out that with coupon code "MOGAzombie" (no quotes), you can get 25% off your order directly from PowerA, which brings the price of the controller down to $37.49.
Update 5: It's official – PowerA has run out of free MOGA systems. In a post to Facebook on the matter, PowerA assures readers that "Santa still has something in his bag for you," so we may see another awesome deal soon.
Thank you to all our fans! We have run out of free systems, but Santa still has something in his bag…on.fb.me/TYjALc
— MOGAanywhere (@MOGAanywhere) December 14, 2012
Update 4: Well this has been a roller coaster – it seems the promo code is once again working.
Update 3: It looks like while PowerA is online, the site is no longer offering the MOGA controller deal.
Back at the end of May, a gaming accessory company called PowerA announced a new Bluetooth gaming controller for Android phones called the MOGA. At the time, release date and pricing information wasn't yet available, only that the controller would be released "before the holiday season." Looks like PowerA met that deadline, because it just officially announced the MOGA would be hitting the streets on October 21st for $50.
For those who may not be familiar with the MOGA, it's a game controller that includes a nifty built-in clamp-style holder for your smartphone, essentially turning it into a handheld gaming system.
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.