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PowerA Intros New MOGA Android, WP8 Controllers at E3

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These new controllers will power your connected device.

With a day left before hitting the Los Angeles Convention Center floor for E3 2013, PowerA has announced that a new line of MOGA Power Series game controllers will be revealed during the show. Even more, they will hit the market this fall and feature MOGA Boost technology which will actually charge the user's mobile device while they play.

Previously the company released the MOGA Mobile and MOGA Pro Power Series controllers, designed to work on Android tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth. It comes packed with an extendable "S.M.R.T. Lock" arm on top that docks a smartphone directly to the peripheral. There's also a free MOGA Pivot app that configures the controller for the Android device, and highlights games listed on Google Play that's compatible with both controllers. Throw in HDMI output, and users have a portable Android console.

PowerA wasn't exactly talkative about its next-generation controllers, only boasting about how gamers will play longer without concern for running down their phone's battery thanks to the MOGA Boost technology. The new batch will also include support for multiplayer gaming on the same screen (Bluetooth Smart?), improved ergonomics, and improved Bluetooth radios. This latter feature should help connectivity issues not related to a stressed tablet/hardware set and/or unoptimized game engine.

PowerA said on Friday that the controllers will also be compatible with Windows Phone 8 devices. "Both Power Series controllers will be cross-platform compatible," the company said. "MOGA officially supports more installed devices than any other mobile game controller on the market. Not only is MOGA the only mobile game controller system that works with Android devices all the way back to version 2.3, but it will now include support for Windows Phone 8. The MOGA SDK for Windows Phone 8 is available to over 400 active MOGA developers."

PowerA said that it has also redesigned the smaller MOGA Mobile controller. It now features clickable analog thumbsticks, shoulder buttons, a D-pad and an improved form factor.

We'll have a closer look on Wednesday, as PowerA is our first scheduled session for the day, so stay tuned.

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    falchard , June 10, 2013 12:41 AM
    Moga unveils uncomfortable controller.
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    rwinches , June 10, 2013 1:20 AM
    $30-35 sure OK
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    outlw6669 , June 10, 2013 2:01 AM
    Well, this is quite a blatant swipe at nVidia Shield.
    Personally, I find a controller such as this much better than a dedicated device like Shield.
    At least I could undock my device when not gaming and still have a normally functioning phone.
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    CaedenV , June 10, 2013 6:35 AM
    I was under the impression that WP8 did not support controllers, but was adding proper controller support with the GDR3 or Blue updates later this year.
    Anywho, glad to see that the platform is popular enough to gain a little support! Finally found my first WP game that I am getting into (Doom and Destiny, which is a hilarious FF and nerd culture parody), and I could see where having even a basic controller would be nice for long gaming sessions.
    I would really love to see a controller with a nice fat battery in it and a USB connector to keep my device charged while gaming as even simple games can drain the battery fairly quickly.
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    CaedenV , June 10, 2013 6:36 AM
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    Well, this is quite a blatant swipe at nVidia Shield.
    Personally, I find a controller such as this much better than a dedicated device like Shield.
    At least I could undock my device when not gaming and still have a normally functioning phone.

    Not sure how I didn't see that at first, but you are totally right!
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    somebodyspecial , June 10, 2013 8:45 AM
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    Well, this is quite a blatant swipe at nVidia Shield.
    Personally, I find a controller such as this much better than a dedicated device like Shield.
    At least I could undock my device when not gaming and still have a normally functioning phone.

    Not sure how I didn't see that at first, but you are totally right!


    How so? Does this thing play pc games on it or to tv? Does it run tegrazone games (well if you have a tegraphone I guess)? You still need a phone+contoller and a contract for said phone. NV shield has no 2yr contract costing $1500. I'd say shield has this beat to heck. Shield is to replace your console and handheld with pc streaming to tv as a bonus, plus all android apps & games. It's not meant to compete with a 2yr contract phone. It doesn't even have a modem that I'm aware of yet (See how well Vita 3G sells for an idea of how badly that will go if they try it).
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    WithoutWeakness , June 10, 2013 1:23 PM
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    Well, this is quite a blatant swipe at nVidia Shield.
    Personally, I find a controller such as this much better than a dedicated device like Shield.
    At least I could undock my device when not gaming and still have a normally functioning phone.

    Not sure how I didn't see that at first, but you are totally right!


    How so? Does this thing play pc games on it or to tv? Does it run tegrazone games (well if you have a tegraphone I guess)? You still need a phone+contoller and a contract for said phone. NV shield has no 2yr contract costing $1500. I'd say shield has this beat to heck. Shield is to replace your console and handheld with pc streaming to tv as a bonus, plus all android apps & games. It's not meant to compete with a 2yr contract phone. It doesn't even have a modem that I'm aware of yet (See how well Vita 3G sells for an idea of how badly that will go if they try it).


    This isn't a swipe at SHIELD. MOGA controllers have been out for 8+ months now. They were on display at E3 last year. I got my MOGA for $30 and I play emulators on my phone. It even fits my Note II in it's case. For handheld gaming on the go MOGA DESTROYS Nvidia's SHIELD. Sure, you need an Android phone to use a MOGA but you can drop in any phone you like, including a phone you may already own. I already have a phone with a strong CPU/GPU. MOGA cost me $30 and SHIELD would cost me $350 for the same experience. If you're going to factor in the yearly cost of a contract for a phone to use with MOGA then you also need to factor in the cost of a gaming PC with a newer Nvidia GPU and a TV to use SHIELD's features AND your cell phone and contract because we're counting that cost as well. You actually don't even need a contract to use MOGA; you can go buy a used Android phone without a contract and grab a MOGA and have all the standalone functionality of SHIELD for a third of the price. If you want to play PC games on your TV, an Xbox 360 controller and HDMI cable can be had for $30. Just fire up Steam Big Picture Mode and play directly on the TV with zero lag and an actual controller.
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    somebodyspecial , June 12, 2013 4:34 AM
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    Well, this is quite a blatant swipe at nVidia Shield.
    Personally, I find a controller such as this much better than a dedicated device like Shield.
    At least I could undock my device when not gaming and still have a normally functioning phone.

    Not sure how I didn't see that at first, but you are totally right!


    How so? Does this thing play pc games on it or to tv? Does it run tegrazone games (well if you have a tegraphone I guess)? You still need a phone+contoller and a contract for said phone. NV shield has no 2yr contract costing $1500. I'd say shield has this beat to heck. Shield is to replace your console and handheld with pc streaming to tv as a bonus, plus all android apps & games. It's not meant to compete with a 2yr contract phone. It doesn't even have a modem that I'm aware of yet (See how well Vita 3G sells for an idea of how badly that will go if they try it).


    This isn't a swipe at SHIELD. MOGA controllers have been out for 8+ months now. They were on display at E3 last year. I got my MOGA for $30 and I play emulators on my phone. It even fits my Note II in it's case. For handheld gaming on the go MOGA DESTROYS Nvidia's SHIELD. Sure, you need an Android phone to use a MOGA but you can drop in any phone you like, including a phone you may already own. I already have a phone with a strong CPU/GPU. MOGA cost me $30 and SHIELD would cost me $350 for the same experience. If you're going to factor in the yearly cost of a contract for a phone to use with MOGA then you also need to factor in the cost of a gaming PC with a newer Nvidia GPU and a TV to use SHIELD's features AND your cell phone and contract because we're counting that cost as well. You actually don't even need a contract to use MOGA; you can go buy a used Android phone without a contract and grab a MOGA and have all the standalone functionality of SHIELD for a third of the price. If you want to play PC games on your TV, an Xbox 360 controller and HDMI cable can be had for $30. Just fire up Steam Big Picture Mode and play directly on the TV with zero lag and an actual controller.


    Your used phone (at whatever cost) won't have the power of a T4 which I'd argue is the current top gpu at least until A330 gets outed (and I think it will beat that also) or Rogue6 is shown. I don't know anyone that would buy a used phone+30 moga vs. just getting a shield with far better tech. Raise your hand if you don't own an HDMI capable TV (I have 3...LOL)? I see no hands, everyone has one so not a cost; if you'd like to do it without cables, ok, miracast is a little different but we'll have to see how that plays out cost wise with many options to implement it. I'd venture to guess all future TV's will have miracast in them this year. It's cheap to implement (open, unlike Widi etc) and even phones as old as nexus4 have it. All new phones this year will have it.

    Not sure how moga destroys shield when it's just a gamepad (so is shield) and as you note requires a phone (or used that's lacking power to play tomorrows games). Just as you may already own a phone, most of us own PC's and 65% of gamers own NV cards already. You won't be able to match the power of T4 with a used 5in phone+Moga for under $350. You just can't. Name a 320 used phone with T4 power please.
    Shield=350
    gtx650=120

    Phone contract $1500 for 2yrs (and that's just basic operations at only $62.50/mo). I should have said more like $1800 as most pay $75+ per month. This product is only good for people who have a phone (expensive) and don't want to fork over for something like shield. Shield is directly aimed at handhelds and consoles, which is why there is no modem. It's not a phone. It's handheld gaming without the phone bill. As tom's showed with the T3 article in Jan Tegrazone games look the best and T4 certainly ups T3's game (6x the gpus and faster cpus). Huge battery life as they noted for gaming. How is Shield not a controller? I'm confused, it's an xbox360 basically with a screen attached. In your version, your PC has to be within cable length of that TV. The point of shield is to avoid this. You only need to be in the room with the TV, not the PC. Xbox/steam big picture needs a PC within 10ft or so for hdmi cables right? It also has to be able to receive signals from the xbox360 gamepad so again either way PC IN THE ROOM. Not so with shield. While you have acceptable solutions for some, it's not as good. Your whole PC situation gives no gaming OUT of the house where shield will go play android, browse on wifi networks etc at mcdonalds etc. An xbox360+hdmi cable do nothing for this. Again you seem to miss this device is aimed at handhelds (gaming out of house) and consoles, pc or android games on TV with lots of bonus features.

    If you think moga beats shield I guess you'd say the same about Vita/3DS as they are only $50/100 cheaper with far fewer features than a shield device. Sure you can get basic functionality the ways you say, but this is all in one shot and the best experience vs. 3ds/vita and possibly console for anyone with NV cards. Steam's big picture mode will work here too supposedly as it was already announced they're working on it (if not done by now, we'll see at launch).
    http://shield.nvidia.com/faq/
    CTRL-F steam :)  Handhelds are dead with this shield unit. The question is how much will they add to damage already done to consoles by phones/tablets as we move toward xmas.

    As for emulators, same can be done on shield, though I'm after the 720p unreal type games coming out now or out already for playing on TV (giving me my console fix a boost with already owning an xbox360 2xPS2's on diff tv's for others in the house). There will be quite a few people who decide they want a 720p handheld that doubles as a console to TV with browsing etc. Movies, games and browsing will look far better on this than 3DS/Vita and neither can go out to TV, not to mention their power is dwarfed by T4.
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    outlw6669 , June 12, 2013 4:53 AM
    somebodyspecial, I think you are reading a little too far into the comments.
    Look at the provided product picture and compare it to nVidia's Shield.
    Optically, they look quite similar, I think you could agree.
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    somebodyspecial , June 12, 2013 5:31 AM
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    somebodyspecial, I think you are reading a little too far into the comments.
    Look at the provided product picture and compare it to nVidia's Shield.
    Optically, they look quite similar, I think you could agree.


    Sure, it's the functionality though that dictates the fun right? I'm sure moga is a fit for people as I noted (already own a phone, don't want added cost of dedicated handheld etc), but it's not nearly the same functionally. I'd say nearly all controllers at just about the same :)  And yes, moga attached to a phone looks similar.

    I'm not reading too much into this:
    "For handheld gaming on the go MOGA DESTROYS Nvidia's SHIELD"

    His statement is, to put it politely, incorrect :) 

    For driving a ford pinto DESTROYS a Lamborghini.

    I'm sure a few Car people would have a few words to say about how ridiculous my statement is correct? :)  Sure they both get you from A to B and both have 4 wheels, windshields, wipers etc etc. But that's about it comparison wise. It's HOW you get there (and how much fun doing it...LOL) that they buy the more expensive unit for :) 
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    Brittany Anthony , June 12, 2013 9:40 AM
    Next generation of MOGA controllers includes Immersion’s advanced rumble technology for mobile games. http://ir.immersion.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=770230