It appears unlikely that Microsoft will ever make a conveyable Xbox. Between Sony’s failure with the Vita, Nintendo’s dominance of the market with the Swap, and Microsoft’s device-agnostic enterprise mannequin, there isn’t actually a lot want for such a product.
That doesn’t imply there’s no demand for transportable Xbox video games, although. Microsoft has been pushing cloud gaming exhausting with Xbox Recreation Cross, in addition to the flexibility to stream video games immediately from your personal Xbox console to your telephone. And despite the fact that a surprising number of players are doing this with touchscreen controls — I do know individuals who swear by the contact model of Hades, imagine it or not — it’s not an excellent setup for many Xbox video games.
That’s why I used to be to strive the RIG MG-X, a cell controller from Nacon. It’s an formally licensed Xbox controller that works with nearly any Android telephone, giving it all of the buttons you’d discover on a normal Xbox One pad. This could make it a superb match for Recreation Cross video games on the go.
Cellular controllers aren’t a brand new concept, and there are strong choices for Android on the market already like the Razer Kishi — together with a recently released Xbox-specific version. The RIG MG-X, although, has an appealingly simple design for a product class that may be a bit of awkward, which makes for a sleeker strategy when coupled with the Xbox buttons. It’s good to not have to consider which icons map to which instructions; you possibly can simply naturally use the identical buttons you’d have on a standard Xbox setup.
The controller has a niche within the center that extends out to clamp round your telephone, which connects over Bluetooth. Nacon says it ought to work with any telephone operating Android 6 and above with a display screen as much as 6.7 inches; I principally used it with a Vivo X70 Professional Plus, which is a big telephone with a 6.78-inch display screen, and it really works superb. (It doesn’t, nonetheless, work with iPhones in any respect.)
That is fairly a chunky gadget, and it’s wider than an Xbox controller even earlier than you lengthen it to insert your telephone. That’s not essentially a nasty factor — it feels well-built and and I wouldn’t have an issue tossing it right into a bag when touring. The usage of Bluetooth as an alternative of a USB-C connector is a trade-off I’m okay with, as a result of it makes for a extra appropriate design and ensures the controller can be utilized with the telephone in a case. It does imply that it’s important to manually pair with the telephone, although, and cost the controller itself over USB-C on occasion; Nacon quotes round 20 hours of battery life.
Total, the RIG MG-X’s controls are small however efficient. The analog sticks aren’t as large as a full-size Xbox controller’s, however they’re greater than a Nintendo Swap Pleasure-Con’s and really feel extra satisfying to make use of. The face buttons are additionally fairly small however tactile and clicky, whereas the D-pad is correct sufficient regardless of being a bit of mushier than I’d desire. I’ve large palms and I discovered the RIG MG-X to have fairly good ergonomics over time for many video games.
There may be one exception, although, in relation to the triggers. For some purpose they’re unusually tough to press in all the way in which, which is an enormous drawback for video games like racers the place you should maintain them down rather a lot. A sport like Halo Infinite the place you’re usually making particular person squeezes to fireside weapons is okay, however I used to be questioning why I used to be shedding so many races in Forza Horizon 5 earlier than determining that I didn’t have my foot pressed firmly sufficient on the fuel. You are able to do it, but it surely takes extra power than every other controller I’ve ever used, and it’s by no means snug for prolonged play periods.
It’s unlucky that this isn’t a superb Forza Horizon 5 controller — you may have heard that it’s a pretty good game — but it surely does work properly for many different genres. You should utilize it for non-Xbox video games, in fact, whether or not they’re from the Play Retailer or elsewhere — I performed plenty of Fortnite with it, and also you even get native Xbox button indicators within the menus.
The RIG MG-X is an honest controller with a single large flaw, so simply know what you’re stepping into if you happen to’re a fan of racing video games. I occur to be one, in order that was disappointing for me, and I’d personally go along with the Xbox model of the Razer Kishi for that purpose. However for plenty of different Xbox video games, this can be a strong answer that will get you nearer to a conveyable Xbox than ever earlier than, and apart from the triggers I desire its design to the Kishi. This month Nacon additionally introduced the MG-X Professional, which seems far more like a normal Xbox controller — hopefully the triggers are higher.