Tuesday January 31, 2023

This controller turns your Android phone into a portable Xbox

It seems unlikely that Microsoft will ever create a portable Xbox. It seems unlikely that Microsoft will ever make a portable Xbox. This is due to the failure of Sony’s Vita, Nintendo’s dominance in the market with Switch, and Microsoft’s device-agnostic business models. Microsoft has been pushing cloud gaming strongly with Xbox Game Pass and the ability to stream games directly from your Xbox console to your smartphone. Even though many players are using touchscreen controls, I know of people who swear by the touch version Hades. It’s not the best setup for most Xbox games.
The RIG MG-X mobile controller from Nacon was one of the reasons I was so interested in it. It’s an official Xbox controller that can be used with almost any Android phone. It has all the buttons you would find on a standard Xbox One pad. This makes it an ideal fit for Game Pass games on-the-go.
Mobile controllers aren’t a new concept. There are many solid options for Android, such as the Razer Kishi and a recently released Xbox-specific model. The RIG MG-X has a simple design that is appealing for a product category that can sometimes be a bit awkward. This makes it easier to use the Xbox buttons. It’s nice to not have to think about how icons correspond to which commands. You can use the same buttons as you would on a traditional Xbox setup.
The middle of the controller has a gap that allows you to attach it to your phone via Bluetooth. It should work with any phone running Android 6 or higher with a screen of up to 6.7 inches. I used it mostly with a Vivo X70 Pro Plus, a large phone with a 6.78 inch screen, and it worked fine. It does not work with iPhones.
It is quite heavy and bulky. It’s not a bad thing. It feels sturdy and it would be easy to pack into a bag for travel. Bluetooth is a better option than a USB-C connector. It allows for more compatibility and the controller can be used in a case. However, you will need to manually pair the phone with the controller and charge it over USB-C occasionally. Nacon estimates that the controller can last around 20 hours.
The controls of the RIG MG-X are small, but they work well. Although the analog sticks aren’t as large as full-size Xbox controller’s, they’re larger than a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con’s and feel more comfortable to use. The buttons on the face are small, but clicky and tactile. The D-pad is accurate enough, though it’s a bit mushier than I would prefer. I have large hands and found the RIG MG-X to be reasonably ergonomic for most games.
The RIG MG-X’s triggers have been its greatest flaw. However, there is an exception to this rule. It’s unusually difficult to press the triggers in all directions, which is a problem for games like racers, where you have to hold them down very tightly. Halo Infinite is a game where you have to make individual squeezes to fire weapons. However, I was puzzled why I was losing so many races on Forza Horizon 5. I realized that my foot wasn’t pressing down hard enough on the gas pedal. It’s possible, but it requires more force than any other controller that I have ever used and is not very comfortable for extended play sessions.
Although it isn’t a great Forza Horizon 5 controller, you might have heard it’s quite good. However, it works well for all other genres. It can be used for non-Xbox titles, regardless of whether they are from the Play Store or not. I played a lot Fortnite with it and the menus have native Xbox button indicators.
The RIG MG-X controller is a decent one with one big flaw. If you are a fan racing games, you need to be aware of what you are getting into. I am a fan of racing games so this was disappointing. I would prefer the Xbox version for that reason. This is a solid solution for many other Xbox games. I also like its triggers better than the Kishi. The MG-X Pro was also announced by Nacon this month. It looks more like a standard Xbox controller, but the triggers will be better.

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