Words with Friends, Pokemon GO, Candy Crush, even Flappy Bird: Whatever tickles your fancy, there’s a mobile game for it. It’s hard to overstate just how popular mobile games are these days. In 2016, for example, mobile games generated more revenue than either console or PC games for the first time, an impressive $36.9 billion.
Unfortunately, trying to play games on a tiny smartphone touchscreen isn’t always the greatest experience. The good news is that you can fix that — there’s plenty of ways for you to get your hands on a mobile-enabled gaming controller that you can have with you while you’re on the go, at work or just lying in bed. Here’s how to find the perfect controller that will make your gaming experience so much better.
The One You Already Own
If you’re already a console gamer, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily use your PlayStation or Xbox controller together with your Android smartphone or tablet. Here’s a rundown of your options:
PS3: You can connect your PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 controller to your device via Bluetooth using an app called Sixaxis Controller. Note that you’ll need root access on your device, as well as a mini USB cable to connect the controller with your computer.
PS4: PlayStation 4 controllers can also connect via Bluetooth, but the process is much simpler; all you have to do is use your device to scan for the controller.
Xbox 360: Connecting an Xbox 360 controller only requires the use of a plug-and-play USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable.
Xbox One: As with the PS4 controller, connecting an Xbox One controller just requires you to scan for it using Bluetooth. One caveat: Although games with button mapping will work just fine, your results may vary when using the controller on other games.