These controllers will charge the Android device while you play.
PowerA said on Monday that its new MOGA Hero Power and MOGA Pro Power controllers are now available for $59.99 and $79.99, respectively, on the MogaAnywhere website, and then later in early November at Best Buy, GameStop, Sprint, Target and Verizon. The Hero Power is a slim, portable form factor, while the Pro Power is a full-sized Android controller.
"We listened to consumers, and the number-one issue that mobile gamers faced was battery drain while gaming on their phones," said Eric Bensussen, President of PowerA. "For the first time ever, MOGA is offering a 2-in-1 device that promises to be the hottest mobile accessory this holiday season-the combination of a precision mobile game controller and mobile phone charger all in one."
According to the specs, the Hero Power packs a clickable analog stick on the top left, a directional pad on the bottom left, the typical ABXY button setup on the top right and a clickable analog stick on the bottom right. In the center resides an arm that can be folded up and expended to cradle an Android smartphone. The device also features L1/R1 and L2/R2 shoulder buttons, a rechargeable 1800 mAh internal battery, and two charging cables.
With the Pro Power, PowerA has taken that configuration and expanded into a full-size console controller that feels rather comfortable in your hands even with a large-screen smartphone strapped in. However, this model provides a larger rechargeable 2200 mAh internal battery, and a folding stand for propping up an Android tablet like the Nexus 10.
"Both controllers include support for multiplayer gaming on the same screen, improved ergonomics, improved Bluetooth radios, seamless support for the growing library of hundreds of MOGA Enhanced and HID-compatible games, MOGA S.M.R.T. Lock Technology to secure the user's phone to their controller, and more," reads the company press release.
The big deal with these two Android controllers is that they feature MOGA Boost Technology, meaning they can charge the user's phone while gaming, allowing for longer sessions without concern for running down their phone's battery. Both MOGA controllers require Android 2.3 or higher, and can be purchased now online.
Stay tuned for our hands-on review of both of these new devices.