If you typically do a lot of gaming on your Android device, you know how frustrating some control schemes can be on a smaller touch screen. To remedy that, MOGA released their handheld Bluetooth game controllers for Android devices, which bring console-style controls to a portable device. As a follow-up to the original MOGA controllers, the company unveiled a new line of controllers at PAX Prime that bring a unique spin on gaming controllers for phones; namely, the ability to charge your phone while it’s cradled in the controller.
Lets face it, gaming on an Android device (no matter how big the screen is) can be quite challenging, especially if you’re playing first-person-shooters or even games from an emulator. Wouldn’t it be a dream to use a console’s controller to play these games with, perhaps a PlayStation 3 controller? A Reddit user by the name of TheRealBigLou has done just that by creating his own homemade PS3 controller dock for his Samsung Galaxy Nexus where he’s able to play his Android games with the wonderful controls of a PS3 controller. You may think this feat took some complicated contraptions to make, but it actually only took a couple of Boston clips, some rubber bands, an NFC sticker and a creative mind to achieve this amazing creation.
TheRealBigLou was also kind enough to give a description of how he made this:
An app called Sixaxis Controller is now in the market that lets you pair you PlayStation 3 Sixaxis or dualshock 3 controller to your Android phone or tablet. It allows you to use your controller with many of you favorite games and applications via wireless Bluetooth.
You will need to be rooted and unfortunately all devices are not supported. The app costs $1.65, but the developer has a free device compatibility checker to see if you phone or tablet is compatible before purchasing.
- Up to four Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controllers supported at once
- All 17 buttons on the controller can be mapped to any key press in Android
- Analog sticks emulated as digital key presses
Android Market Link – Device Compatibility Checker
Android Market Link – Full Version
Are you a big fan of music at your parties? If so, you may have heard of Sonos, a system that allows you to play music in multiple room, different speakers, etc.. The system works over wi-fi, and now, the Sonos controller app has come to Android. The app will not only allow you to use standard controls, but also to use the handset’s volume buttons to adjust the speakers’ volumes.
What do you think of the Sonos system? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and check out the app here.
What’s the biggest complaint on gaming with your Android device? Besides the occasional freeze up, it’s having a rough time using whatever controls may be available. Now, however, the Dell Streak has gotten an upgrade – of the retro kind. Hardware hackers have created an SNES controller dock for Dell’s tablet-ish device, and it looks pretty darn cool.
The secret of the SNES controller dock lies in the Streak’s ability to connect to a standard USB keyboard. Add in some hardware modding inside a controller and a USB board, and – bam! You’ve got yourself the coolest controller dock around. Hit the break to check out a video made by modder “oTheRaino”, the genius mind behind the hack, and let us know what you think in the comments!