There are a lot of people who play games on their phone, but one of the complaints we hear coming from the “hardcore” crowd of gamers is that smartphone controls just aren’t a suitable replacement for more traditional controllers. PowerA is looking to combine the best of both worlds with its new MOGA Android gaming controller. Officially called the MOGA Mobile Gaming System, it’s available at a ton of AT&T stores across the nation today.
To get a little more specific, MOGA is available at 1,150 AT&T stores along with AT&T’s website. MOGA is compatible with phones running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or newer, so it should work with a vast array of Android devices. If you don’t have plans to pick up a new smartphone from AT&T (or you’re not an AT&T customer), you can pick up MOGA at a number of other places, including GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, and PowerA.com.
The MOGA features all of the things core gamers crave in a controller, including a pair of shoulder buttons, dual thumb sticks, four face buttons, and finally, start and select buttons. It connects to your phone through Bluetooth and even features a cradle to hold your device. PowerA was touting the number of companies it has making MOGA-enhanced games for Android, which includes the likes of Gameloft, Sega, and Namco Bandai.
Developers who would like to make their games compatible with MOGA can hit up PowerA for a MOGA SDK, while gamers who need to find games compatible with their new gaming peripheral can download MOGA Pivot, an app that shows you all of the MOGA enhanced games on offer. Even better is that the MOGA Pivot app is a free download from Google Play [download link]. Finally, MOGA comes with a price of $49.99, which isn’t too bad considering that first-party controllers for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii all cost around the same price. Are you going to pick one up?