PowerA’s MOGA Power Controllers Charge Your Phone While You Game
Mobile gaming controllers have a sizable presence at E3 this year, and PowerA’s booth is no different. The MOGA line, which hit the market in 2012, has been refreshed with two new models, the Power Pro and the Power Mini.
There are a few design and ergonomic changes between the new Power models and the original MOGA lineup, particularly when it comes to the Power Mini. The Mini’s body flares out more, giving your hands some additional grip area, the buttons have been raised out of the chassis, and the joysticks are now “real” joysticks, instead of those pesky PSP-style slider sticks. The larger Power Pro is a new take on the original MOGA Pro, and it sports new joysticks, triggers, and buttons.
Both new Power controllers share a number of other additions, including baked-in multiplayer support — up to four MOGA controllers can connect to one tablet or phone. Assuming your device is connected to a larger TV, it should make for a decent mobile multiplayer/co-op experience. Both have also done away with the game mode/HID toggle switch; the controllers can now auto-detect and set up accordingly.
The greatest feature, however, is that both Power controllers use a battery pack instead of AAA batteries this time around. Once your phone is hooked up to the controller, the 1,800 mAh battery can charge your phone, whether the controller is connected to a wall outlet or not. That’s enough juice for roughly 1.5 full phone charges, making the Power controllers into the most unique battery backups around.
Both controllers will be available in the fall, but specifics on price and release date are still TBA.