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One of the best ways to game on Android is finally affordable with this Amazon deal

One of the best ways to game on Android is finally affordable with this Amazon deal

Listen, mobile games: you gave it the old college try with touch-screen controls. Sometimes, sure, it worked OK, but more often than not we found ourselves craving the sort of responsive input you only get with a proper, physical controller. Luckily there are plenty of solutions available to Android gamers, and one of the better ones is Razer's Kishi. Normally retailing for $80, earlier this week we spotted it for a much more reasonable $55, and if you haven't jumped on it yet, that deal's still available.

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8BitDo's new Pro controller lets you remap its buttons from your phone

8BitDo's new Pro controller lets you remap its buttons from your phone

8BitDo has become, in a very low-key way, one of the best gaming accessory companies out there. Its last high-end controller design was praised for its ability to rebind controls on both the PC and Nintendo Switch. With the upgraded model, christened the 8BitDo Pro 2, you can now do that reprogramming without needing a full-sized computer.

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Gaming with a controller could be way more immersive in Android 12

Gaming with a controller could be way more immersive in Android 12

Android's gamepad vibration functionality is so rudimentary, you could be forgiven for not knowing it's there at all. Last month, though, our friends at XDA spotted signs that the situation could be improving soon — and today, with the release of Android 12's first developer preview, we've got even more concrete evidence.

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The nearly universal Razer Kishi mobile gamepad is $66 ($14 off) right now

The nearly universal Razer Kishi mobile gamepad is $66 ($14 off) right now

Android supports basically every popular Bluetooth gamepad you can buy, including those made for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. But those aren't super portable, and you'll either need a clip or some kind of kickstand to comfortably use them. Razer's Kishi gamepad, on the other hand, folds down to a size that'd comfortably fit in a jacket pocket and clips onto your phone for easy use. If that sounds up your alley, you're in luck: it's on sale for $66 today, $14 off its usual price.

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Nvidia Shield TV can now use PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers

Nvidia Shield TV can now use PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers

The Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 started arriving on store shelves a few months ago, but both consoles have been incredibly difficult to find. If you've been lucky enough to score one, or you just have the controllers, here's some extra good news — you can now use your shiny new controller with Nvidia's Android TV boxes.

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Razer Kishi review: This is probably the best way to play games on your phone — if you can afford it

Razer Kishi review: This is probably the best way to play games on your phone — if you can afford it

As phones get more powerful, mobile games get more complex: Snake and Brick Breaker have given way to fully-featured PC and console ports, to say nothing of cloud gaming. A lot of these games require a controller to fully enjoy, but mobile gamepads are generally clunky things. Enter Razer's newest controller: the Kishi attaches to phones of many different sizes to turn them into sleek portable consoles. It's really cool — but it's also really expensive, and it doesn't fit some of the most premium devices available today.

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The best game controllers for Android smartphones

The best game controllers for Android smartphones

As we do more and more gaming on our more and more powerful smartphones, mobile games themselves are getting more complex. To play something like Fortnite or Dead Cells on your phone, it's almost suicide to go in against your foes with touch controls, and a proper, hardware gamepad can be practically mandatory for a play experience that won't leave you endlessly frustrated. Thankfully, Android is compatible with a wide range of Bluetooth gamepads, including those from game consoles like the PlayStation 4. Here's a list of some of the best controllers you use for any kind of gaming on Android, from shooters to old PC ports.

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OUYA Owners Get A $50 Discount On Razer's Forge TV Controller Bundle, Plus $10 Cortex Store Credit

OUYA Owners Get A $50 Discount On Razer's Forge TV Controller Bundle, Plus $10 Cortex Store Credit

The dream of OUYA was not to be. It turns out that overturning a decades-old industry by disrupting it with mobile hardware and open-source software is a tough row to hoe, and adding on a semi-exclusive game market (you know, that thing that consoles do that's already universally hated) wasn't the best opening move. So OUYA floundered in the maturing set-top box market until Razer snapped it up in the hopes of bolstering its own Forge TV, which had been on the market for months and was already known as the worst option in an extremely limited field.

Huh. Maybe they just wanted some company to commiserate with. 

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Unannounced Asus Game Box Controller Breaks Cover With Image On Bluetooth SIG Site

Unannounced Asus Game Box Controller Breaks Cover With Image On Bluetooth SIG Site

There were some rumblings last month about yet another Android gaming device headed for the market, this time from Asus. Now the device appears more concrete than ever with a controller for the "Asus Game Box" showing up on the Bluetooth SIG website.

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The listing claims the wireless controller is for an "Android system for gaming markets." It runs on USB 3.0 and will pack a 430mAh rechargeable battery for 12 hours of gameplay. The image shows a pretty traditional controller design with dual thumbsticks in a PlayStation-ish layout. The system should be available worldwide, according to the Bluetooth filing.

Leaked benchmarks previously pointed to the device packing a Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage running Android 4.3.

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Ouya Official Launch Version Review: No.

Ouya Official Launch Version Review: No.

The Ouya bandwagon was overloaded when it exploded onto Kickstarter. A $99 game console running Android with a wireless controller? It sounded too good to be true. People threw cash at the company, begging to have a developer unit bestowed upon them. Even then, as Ouya was rocketing toward its eventual $8.6 million haul, there were murmurs of concern. Could this really work? Would developers embrace this odd little device and free us from the hegemony of traditional consoles?

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Early reviews were not very favorable, but now the device has arrived. Is it any better now that you can buy it?

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