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PowerA's Moga Pro controller brings a console-style feel to Android gaming

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PowerA Moga controller
PowerA Moga controller

There are plenty of Android gaming controllers here at this year's CES, but one of the better options we've seen comes from PowerA. To lend an even stronger console feel to Android games, the company has announced its new Moga Pro controller here at the show. The peripheral improves on the original Moga by adding full-sized rubber grips, triggers, a d-pad, larger action buttons, and a rechargeable internal battery; it looks identical to one of PowerA's Xbox 360 controllers. Whereas the other model, which runs on AA batteries, is focused more on portability and aimed at casual gamers, the Moga Pro incorporates the full array of buttons and analog stick sensitivity "hardcore" players yearn for.

The controller syncs with Android devices via Bluetooth, letting you ignore the touchscreen and play a growing list of titles like Gameloft's Modern Combat 4 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City the old-fashioned way. We're still not convinced developers will embrace options like this en masse, however. Interestingly, the Moga Pro was being demonstrated at the MHL booth; the company is promoting the idea of hooking up an MHL-enabled smartphone or tablet to the TV and controlling the experience with Moga Pro, essentially recreating the console experience without hardware from Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo. Of course the graphics won't be on par with those devices; it's only a controller and not Project Shield we're talking about, after all. Moga Pro will be available sometime this Spring, though PowerA has yet to confirm a final price.