Moto's Gamepad mod to cost $79, available starting August 25 exclusively through Verizon


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.


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9 Comments

1. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Tired of smartphone industry coz it doesn't sell? Well, just go that way, like fake Nokia and poor Sony. Smartphone arena is totally Samsung's now. Just STAY LOW Moto!

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Ease off the Samsung koolaid dude, you're sounding very retarded to say the least.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's patriotism right there in post #1. Delusion at it's best.

2. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Exclusivity in this case is so dumb.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Moto is stupid as hell with this kind of stuff. Low distribution and even then exclusives in the only market they release in.

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Being exclusive to the moto z line instead of being a standard OTG accessory was already a deal breaker, being exclusive to Verizon is just stupid when it's not even a cellular device.

7. BracketLTE

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

Even though its exclusive doesn't mean it won't work on the Moto Z line sold elsewhere.

9. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Exactly. I bought a Moto 360 watch a few years ago from Tmo (Because it was sold out everywhere else) even though I was a VZW customer. It worked just fine. This moto mod will too. If you are Sprint, At&t etc and you want this, just go to a VZW store and get it.

8. sumphatsmack

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

Which is better, this or a PSP?

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