MOGA Android Gaming Controller Launching This October
Hardware manufacturer PowerA announced today that their upcoming Android controller accessory, the MOGA, will be available in online and retail stores in the U.S. on October 21. The MOGA will come with the pivot phone/tablet application, a soft case, and two free games: Sonic CD and Pac-Man – all for $49.99.
For those unaware of what PowerA is attempting with this add-on, the MOGA is a Bluetooth attachment for Android phones and tablets that offers you traditional controls with which to play games from the Android Market. This means you’ve got two analog sticks, four face buttons, and even two triggers at your disposal to use with games like Virtual Tennis Challenge, Death Rally, The Dark Knight Rises HD, Asphalt 7: Heat HD, Dungeon Hunter 3, and even old Atari titles.
With publisher support from Gameloft and a slew of big names like Atari, Namco Bandai, Sega, and Remedy Entertainment, several games have already been updated with support for the MOGA controller, and many more in development with it in mind.
“Gamers are already walking around with phones with exceptional screens and fast chips,” said Eric Bensussen, president of PowerA.
“For under $50, they can clip that phone into the MOGA controller and finally get console quality gaming experiences anywhere.”
The MOGA’s idea is not a new one, that being the application of buttons to touchscreen-focused devices, but it’s definitely one of the best attempts available on the market. We’ve played with it a number of times this year, and have so far been impressed with what it’s shooting for.