Android apps have arrived on Chromebooks, and that means access to a huge catalog of games. While you may not be able to play the latest AAA megahit on your Chromebook (yet!), there’s no shortage of older PC and console hits as well as current mobile gaming sensations. The only thing keeping you from enjoying a first-class gaming experience on your Chromebook is the lack of a gaming-friendly control method.
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You can overcome this hurdle by purchasing a Bluetooth or USB controller with support for Android games. Chrome OS recognizes many controllers, and both wired and wireless pairing couldn’t be simpler. USB controllers should work automatically once plugged in over USB, and wireless controllers can be paired like any other Bluetooth device, from the system tray.
The MOGA Pro Power features a familiar layout, with dual clickable analog sticks, four action buttons, a directional pad, and L1/R1 shoulder and L2/R2 trigger buttons. The controller is comfortably large and works with most Bluetooth-enabled computers and smartphones, including Chromebooks.
What separates it from traditional PC and console wireless controllers is the MOGA S.M.R.T. Lock Arm, which attaches the controller directly to your smartphone and allows you to continue playing no matter where you are. Inside the controller is a large 2,200 mAh battery, which not only powers the controller itself but can also charge your smartphone via the included USB cable. The only thing the MOGA Pro Power lacks is vibration feedback, which is something the next controller on this list excels at.
The GameSir G3s is a versatile, elegant wireless controller with the PlayStation controller layout and great multi-platform support. You can connect it to any Android smartphone or tablet, to Windows computers, to the Samsung Gear VR mobile virtual reality headset, and even to the Sony PlayStation 3.
The GameSir G3s features a fast 32-bit MCU chip for stellar accuracy and a Realtek Bluetooth 4.0 chip for strong and stable wireless connection. The A/B/X/Y buttons are LED-backlit, and under each palm rest is a powerful vibration motor for realistic and immersive feedback when playing games. The controller runs on a 600 mAh battery, which can keep it alive for up to 18 hours.
Even if you don’t see yourself as much of a gamer, the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R offers many compelling arguments why it makes sense for you to spend money on it. The C.T.R.L.R has three modes: GameSmart mode for controlling Android devices, PC mode for computer gaming, and Mouse mode for using the controller as a mouse. The C.T.R.L.R also features a row of dedicated multimedia buttons that you’ll appreciate when relaxing in front of the TV on the couch.
The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.R comes with a detachable smartphone holder for competitive gaming on the go. The holder can fit smartphones up to 3.17 inches wide. Instead of a built-in battery, the C.T.R.L.R runs on AAA batteries, which can keep it powered for up to 40 hours.
The L.Y.N.X.9 from Mad Catz looks like a Transformer because that’s essentially what it is. This somewhat pricey controller has been designed with modularity in mind. You can clip in your smartphone and use the controller as you would any other gamepad. You can also split the controller into two halves and attach each half to your tablet. You can even use the supplied PlayBig cables to connect your tablet or smartphone to your HDTV to mirror games and apps onto the big screen.
The frame of the controller is made of metal, all buttons have been tested by Mad Catz for long-term durability and accuracy, and the integrated microphone offers crystal-clear audio quality. Included with the controller is an optional QWERTY keyboard for web browsing and communication, and the L.Y.N.X.9 smartphone app allows you to customize the controller to your heart’s content.
The BEBONCOOL Bluetooth gamepad is a great controller with an attractive price. Built using many of the same hardware components that can be found inside much more expensive gamepads, the BEBONCOOL gamepad keeps the price low with its plastic construction that, although making it feel slightly cheap, doesn’t make it any less functional.
The manufacturer offers a handy companion app, which features hundreds of compatible Android games for your convenience. Instead of randomly trying which games work great with the controller and which don’t, you can simply turn on the app and instantly see everything that’s available. The controller has a built-in 400 mAh battery, which should provide up to 8 hours of gameplay.