There has never been a better time to dive into the world of mobile gaming. Although most people associate video games with a console or computer, smartphone gaming is growing rapidly.
In recent years, competitions have popped up that are specifically geared towards mobile gamers and offer massive prize pools. For those that aren’t quite as competitive, playing games on your phone is a great way to pass the time without investing in expensive hardware.
However, that doesn’t mean that mobile gaming is perfect. Playing games on a phone definitely has a learning curve and isn’t always the most comfortable. Fortunately, there are some mobile gaming accessories out there that make it even better. The Burn-In has rounded up five of the best ones that will heighten your experience whether you’re a new player or a budding pro.
Gamers who play on an iPhone should consider the Gamevice controller. This nifty gadget essentially turns your smartphone into a fully-fledged controller. It is compatible with every recent iPhone model and slides onto both sides of the phone.
Gamevice gives players all of the classic controls they need, including dual analog sticks, a D-pad, A/B/X/Y buttons in the Xbox layout, bumpers, and triggers. The device plugs directly into the phone’s charging port so there aren’t any latency issues. Better yet, there’s no need to charge it. Gamevice features ergonomic handles that are far more comfortable to hold for hours at a time than the sides of a smartphone. It also keeps your fingers off the screen so you can see more of the action.
The Gamevice controller is compatible with more than 1,000 titles, including the likes of “Fortnite,” “Minecraft,” “Street Fighter,” and more. Arguably the only downside is that it isn’t compatible with Android phones.
Turtle Beach Battle Buds
It goes without saying that over-the-ear headphones will always deliver better performance than earbuds. However, it’s hard to beat the portability and convenience of a pair of the latter. When it comes to mobile gaming, the whole point is to not be tethered to a desk full of gear. Still, that doesn’t negate the need for high-quality audio and a microphone.
Fortunately, Turtle Beach Battle Buds combine the portability of earbuds with the performance of a full gaming headset. They are lightweight, comfortable and deliver great sound through 10-millimeter speakers.
Meanwhile, a high-sensitivity microphone lets players communicate with teammates clearly and smoothly. As a bonus, the microphone can be unplugged from the earbuds when not in use to make them even more portable. Gamers will still be able to use an inline microphone.
Finally, since the Turtle Beach Battle Buds are designed specifically for mobile gaming, they are universally compatible.
This one might sound a little bit contradictory. After all, what’s the point of playing mobile games if you aren’t actually looking at the screen?
Well, it can be fun to play “Fortnite” on a phone for a few rounds. After a few hours, though, the eye strain will start to build up. For mobile gamers that play for longer periods, a portable projector is an awesome investment.
Akaso’s mini DLP projector offers two hours of use between charges and connects directly to a smartphone either wirelessly or via HDMI (with an adapter). It weighs just 0.46 pounds and measures 5.5” x 2.7” which means that it can go just about anywhere. All players need is a flat wall to turn their mobile gaming experience into something way better.
The projector features extremely bright RGB LED lights, meaning that it can be used indoors or outdoors. Plus, it could come in handy for work or school projects as well when its finally time to take a break from mobile gaming.
HyperX ChargePlay Clutch
For those that don’t want to give up the feel of playing on a touchscreen but are tired of holding their phone, there’s a perfect option. The ChargePlay Clutch from HyperX is an ergonomic controller grip for mobile gaming.
Players simply slide their phone into the grip and get started. It is adjustable to fit smartphones up to 172mm in length so it is compatible with just about all models. The grip features handles on either side reminiscent of a console controller. They make holding a phone far more comfortable.
Meanwhile, the grip can actually keep a phone charged up throughout a long play session. It has a built-in Qi Certified wireless charger that delivers power as you play. A detachable 3000mAh power bank magnetically attaches to the back of the grip so you have power when you need it and portability when you don’t. For those who don’t have wireless charging capabilities on their phone, the power bank can also connect with a cable as the right side of the grip has a cutout to make it compatible with headphones and chargers.
Silver Fiber Thumb Cover
As mentioned earlier, not everyone takes mobile gaming seriously. However, those who do look for any advantage that they can get. One thing that isn’t as big of a problem for gamers using a controller is sweaty fingers. When playing on a touchscreen, a sweaty fingertip can quickly derail a game.
That’s where some silver fiber thumb covers come in. These breathable finger sleeves are designed to make interacting with a touchscreen more intuitive. Mobile gamers will find that their taps are more precise and that they can slide across the screen with ease. The covers are also sweat-resistant to make playing a breeze.
While this is an accessory that isn’t needed for everyone, it is certainly beneficial for those who are serious about their mobile gaming.