The Best Bluetooth Gaming Controllers for Android – November 2017

Here’s a secret not many people will tell you: gaming on Android has actually gotten really good. Between in-depth games like MOBAs, console-entries like Star Wars: KOTOR, and deep RPG action like Ys Chronicles or any of the Final Fantasy ports, there are a tong of games to play on Android that straddle the line between mobile and console-level gaming. And let’s not discount the number of amazing emulators supported on Android, including MyBoy! and PPSSPP for Game Boy Advance and PSP games, respectively. Seriously, it’s a great time to move your portable gaming from the 3DS over to the Android phone or tablet you already own.

There is one persistent problem with playing games on Android: being forced to use almost-universally awful touch controls. The number of control schemes that make good use of touch screen controls on Android can nearly be counted on one hand. But just like the rapid improvement of games on Android, there’s good news on this end too—Bluetooth controller support for Android is actually pretty solid, and Bluetooth controllers themselves have gotten pretty great. There’s a controller for nearly every budget, and a lot of the controllers can double with both console and PCS support included, giving an extra benefit to dropping $40 or $50 on a controller for your phone. And we haven’t even mentioned support for VR headsets yet—if you want to game with a Gear VR or Daydream headset, you’ll want a controller.

We’ve gathered the eight best controllers available below, highlighting the pros and cons of each one, as well as whether you should drop your cash on the product. Do you have a favorite controller not listed below? Let us know in the comments below what we missed, and what you’re using to game on all your devices!

 

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Posted by William Sattelberg on November 17, 2017

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