Do you have a gamepad for your smartphone?

Do you have a gamepad for your smartphone?
So, smartphones have, no doubt, become capable enough devices to be able to render some pretty demanding games. We've even seen some console-class titles be ported for mobile — XCom springs to mind — and some pretty impressively-looking ones be developed exclusively for tablets and phones.

But there's one thing that makes gaming on a smartphone a living hell and that's the control input. You are limited to a touchscreen, which works for some titles like strategies or puzzlers, but is generally pretty bad for platformers, fighters, or first person shooters. Any person who takes gaming seriously has at least considered buying a controller for their handset once or twice, many actually pull the trigger. And there are those who walk the middle ground — they just use whatever controller they have (Xbox or PS4) and connect it via an USB OTG cable.

So, which side of the fence are you on? Do you have a controller for your phone? Do you use it?

Do you have a gamepad for your smartphone?

Nah, I don't care about mobile gaming that much
No, I game fine without one / play games that don't require one
I just use my PS4 / Xbox controller whenever I need to
Yes, but I rarely use it
Yes, I love my mobile controller!



1. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't play any games seriously enough to require this...

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I have a controller with my VR headset. You really have to have a controller with some VR games and apps.

2. yemkoid

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I don't play games on smartphones. PC only

3. Shubham412302

Posts: 586; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I play games only on PC.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Primarily PC gamer here.

6. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

I don't have a gamepad on my smartphone. The reason: (1) Its rare to see them at electronic stores, (2) Expensive.

7. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Don't even have a game downloaded so little kids won't come up to me and ask "u got any gaems on ur phone?"

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Never take them IAP-infected apps seriously. Most of my gaming is on my Surface Pro, and I use my ancient PSP 2000 as a controler...

9. Justinf223

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

You can't use a PS4 or an Xbox one controller

10. Kevinwoo

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

It's much more fun playing games on a smartphone with controller. I've played Never alone Ki edition, space Marshal, and many psp games as well. It's just much more enjoyable than playing on a touchscreen

11. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

i have 2. ipega and a mocute (full controller layout plus mobile holder) and 2 mini controller with dpad 4button and 2 sholder button but i accualy never use them but have them in my car for if im bored some where. but my full layout controller with phone holder they take dust at home. i only use them for long road trips. (and then even i didnt use it for more then 10min...)

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