Nod Labs made headlines recently when the company secured $13.5 million in funding in order to continue developing, manufacturing, and eventually selling their Backspin controller. The reason for the interest in this peripheral is due to it not only being for VR headsets, mainly the Oculus Rift but any will work, but also due to its size, making it very portable, and so it can be used with Android devices.
When Apple finally opened up iOS enough for peripheral manufacturers to make controllers and other devices for the iPhone and iPad, SteelSeries was one of the first companies to announces and release a new controller for iOS gamers to finally get to use. Called the Stratus XL, this controller went on to get a lot of great reviews, being one of the best controllers for iOS. Not like they have a lot of them mind you. Android, on the other hand, has plenty of controllers designed specifically for Android devices including ones from SteelSeries, which we actually have used on a fairly regular basis and reported on back during CES 2013.
One thing there is plenty of at CES every year are headsets, whether the full headband style (with or without mics) or the ear bud kind, there is always a ton of headsets to check out. Most of these are geared towards listening to music and watching video on your smartphone or tablet. However there is also the occasional mobile gaming-centric headset to be found and one of those happens to be Mad Catz’s other announcement.
Mad Catz has officially announced their newest headset for gamers of all platforms called the F.R.E.Q.9. This new wireless headset features surround sound, noise cancelling, and a built-in mic which is something you mobile game streamers might be interested in.
Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour has had an update pushed to it today and while it isn’t the biggest update in the world, if you own a Moga Pro game controller, it is an update that will make you happy. That is because the update now adds support for the Pro version of Moga’s game controller.
So the big Android gaming package we put together to giveaway to one of our lucky readers is over and so now it is time to randomly pick the winner. This person will receive everything that was listed to be part of the gaming package and therefor will be nicely geared up to play as many Android games as they can handle both at home and while on the go.
If you play a lot of games on your Android smartphone then the new XOPAD may be what you are looking for. The XOPAD is a USB-based controller designed to turn your Android phones into a full fledged, portable gaming console. So what makes this controller interesting?
Android gamers have a few options when it comes to controller peripherals which include the Game Gripper, Wiimote support app so you can use your Wiimote with your phone to play games and eventually Zeemote will support Android in the future (it got delayed for some reason so it doesn’t support Android right now). Soon we will also have the iControlPad.