The Power A MOGA Android gaming controller is conceptually a great idea for hardware for the mobile market. If you don’t feel like dropping major cash on a Playstation Vita or a Nintendo 3DS, the $49.99 price tag is super appealing. However, I’ve had the controller for about 5 days now, and had trouble getting the device to work properly due to software issues.
The controller’s premise is simple enough: using a Bluetooth connection that you can pair up with any Android phone, you clip your device into the controller and start gaming away. Physically, the controller itself is black, super compact, and has a basic button scheme. Despite the sleek look of the controller, I had a lot of Bluetooth connectivity problems with the MOGA Pivot application that would either render the controller completely unresponsive or disconnect a game mid-playthrough.
I wanted to like the MOGA. Really, I did. Instead, due to faulty Bluetooth software, it was frustrating. The controller barely stayed connected long enough for me to get longer than 10 minutes of gameplay over the 5 days I had it. The MOGA is an intriguing idea if you’ve got an Android phone and want to play some serious games on it (Sonic CD, The Dark Knight Rises, Riptide GP) instead of Temple Run and Angry Birds all the time. It’s just too bad that the Bluetooth never works well enough to get a satisfying experience out of it. Let’s hope Power A figures out whatever glitch I was having before the release on October 21st.