Motorola's Gamepad mod is one of the most obvious application of the company's mods concept, taking advantage of the low-latency input while also acting as a handy battery pack. So it's a bit surprising just how late it's making its debut: we've already seen the release of the Moto Z2 Force, the second flagship in the mod-compatible Z line of phones, but the Gamepad has still not been made available for purchase, despite being announced all the way back in February.
This will change soon, however, as the new mod now has an official release date: August 25. And while this is technically good news, it's undermined by a couple of factors. Firstly, its price is set for a fairly steep $79, and secondly, the mod will be exclusively sold through Verizon (in the United States, at least).
And while we were fairly impressed with the Gamepad's build quality in our hands-on, you can still get a dedicated controller for either the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for less money, and those will also work on your PC and non-Moto smartphone, too. Though, admittedly, they won't double as a 1,035 mAh power bank for your phone, so we'll give Motorola that one.
As for non-U.S. customers, details are still scarce — the Gamepad is listed as "coming soon" on multiple countries' local Motorola websites, but no price or release date info is available yet.