This story was originally published 2020/04/15 7.45 a.m. HAPle 15 Apr 2020 and last update 2020/04/19 1:53 p.m. PDT19 Apr 2020.
As phones become more efficient, mobile games become more complex. To play something like Fortnite or Dead Cells on your phone, you will probably want something a little more precise than touchscreen targets. Fortunately, Android is compatible with a wide range of Bluetooth gamepads. Here are some of your best options.
No need to get used to the feeling of a new controller: if you have a current generation game console, you already have a gamepad for your phone. The owner controllers for PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One are all capable of pairing with Android devices, although the compatibility of individual games varies.
8BitDo Sn30 Pro
The Sn30 Pro is a versatile Bluetooth controller that can connect your phone, your Switch and your PC. It's modeled after the iconic Super Nintendo gamepad, which means it's pretty slim and mobile – but it has all of the inputs of a modern controller thanks to the addition of clickable sticks and a second pair of shoulder buttons. It's great for platform games and old-fashioned fighting games, but it works just as well for shooters and the like. It also charges via USB-C, which is always great. You can get it for $ 45.
If you care more about ergonomics than portability, there is a version with larger handles for $ 5 more.
SteelSeries Stratus Duo
Many mobile players swear by the SteelSeries Stratus Duo. The controller has a familiar layout and Android-compatible home and return buttons, and it lasts about 20 hours on a charge (via Micro USB, however – ew). The gamepad can also pull dual use as a Windows controller. You can find it for $ 50 $ 60 on Amazon or directly from SteelSeries.
(This phone holder pictured above is not included with the controller, unfortunately – it's an extra $ 10.)
MOGA XP5-A Plus
The terribly named XP5-A Plus from Moga is a well-equipped multi-device joystick that looks and feels like a normal controller. It also charges by Micro USB, which is far from ideal considering its decidedly off-budget price of $ 65. But it has a pair of additional programmable buttons on the back, and unlike the SteelSeries, it Is comes with a phone clip. You can buy one from Target or Amazon.
If you're really serious about mobile gaming and cost isn't an issue (a peak case, sure, but who are we to judge), check out the Razer Raiju. The controller has all the subtleties you would expect from a mobile gamepad and more: USB-C charging, integrated universal phone holder, and additional triggers that can be configured in a companion app. These premium features come at a price – the Raiju costs around $ 150. Like most Bluetooth controllers, it is also PC compatible, if that helps you justify the price.
the Junglecat is another high-end option from Razer, although it does require a phone compatible with a specialized case. The next Kishi is a similar concept that works with more devices, but its release date is still to be determined.