Mobile games have finally matured into something serious. However, using an Apple device can make it difficult to find a solid mobile gamepad that actually works. Luckily, we tracked down the best iOS-enabled mobile controllers for all needs.
Back in February, Epic games announced gamepad compatibility for Fortnite Mobile. This is an exciting change for any Fortnite Mobile player, but also a milestone in all mobile gaming. In less than a decade, phone games have leapt from Doodle Jump and Flappy Bird to Minecraft and Fortnite. For the first time in the history of smartphones, dedicated game controllers are a necessity and not a novelty.
However, if you're an iOS user, moving from touch controls to gamepads can be a bit frustrating. Manufacturers tend to focus on the Android market, and in retrospect deal with compatibility with iOS. Most gamepads promoting "iOS compatibility" are a nightmare for iPhones or iPads.
So if you're an iOS player, try buying a mobile gamepad designed specifically for Apple devices. Fortunately, there are a variety of great iOS controllers that look and feel like premium console controllers. Some of them are great for taking away games, others are extremely portable, others are like Xbox controllers for your iPhone.
All controllers work over Bluetooth, but are not guaranteed non-Apple devices. Android users should stick to dedicated Android gamepads, and PC gamers should avoid controllers that are not directly supported by the
SteelSeries Nimbus iOS Gaming Controller ($ 50).
If you're interested in an Xbox Pro gaming controller, consider the SteelSeries Nimbus. It's a solid, Fortnite-enabled gaming controller that connects to your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV via a wireless Bluetooth or Lightning cable.
This controller will not disappoint hardcore gamers. Most third-party controllers (especially mobile gaming controllers) have muddy buttons and awful joysticks. But the SteelSeries Nimbus is really fun. It's nice to hold, the buttons are click-friendly and the joysticks feel appealing.
There is only one thing you should think about before you spend the nimbus at $ 50. It does not have a built-in phone holder. Fortunately, some companies, such as Danislef, are selling attachable phone mounts that fit comfortably on the nimbus.
Rotor Riot Gaming and Drone Controller ($ 50)
If you're looking for an Xbox-style premium gamepad with built-in phone holder, check out Rotor Riot's mobile rotor and drone controls. It has the same key configuration as an Xbox controller (even the same D-pad) and even L3 / R3 keys (the joysticks click). As with the SteelSeries Nimbus, the buttons on the Rotor Riot are clicked and the joysticks respond quickly and reliably.
As you can imagine, the Rotor Riot Gamepad is ideal for on-the-go games as well as a drone controller. It works with some popular drones like the Parrot Bebop, the DJI Spark and the Teal One.
EVO VR Gamepad Pro Flip Bluetooth Controller ($ 17)
Mobile premium gamepads are pretty expensive. If you want to play Fortnite on the go without breaking the bank, try the EVO VR Gamepad Pro. It is a low-cost Xbox-style controller with a flip-up phone holder. It has all the buttons you would expect from a modern gaming controller, and there is a button for switching between iOS and Android devices. In addition, the EVO VR Gamepad works with stand-alone VR helmets like the Occulus Go, so you can make a lot of money for your money. Admittedly, the EVO VR Gamepad is a kind of controller vibe of the early 2000s. In terms of form and function, you can see that this is an inexpensive hardware. However, each controller is better than no controller, and the EVO VR Gamepad is miles ahead of most other mobile gamepads for under $ 20.
SteelSeries Stratus Bluetooth Gaming Controller (25 USD)
You know, for some reason, most mobile gaming controllers are a bit bulky. They can take up a lot of space in a bag and do not fit in pockets. That's why the SteelSeries Stratus is so appealing. It has the same key layout as the SteelSeries Nimbus, but is small enough to fit in a pocket.
You think the ultra-portable form factor of the SteelSeries Stratus would be an obstacle, but that's really not the case. This is a comfortable, easy-to-use controller with responsive buttons and reliable joysticks. It works with all iOS devices, including Apple TV, and costs only $ 25. Not a bad deal.
The only drawback of Stratus is the lack of a cell phone holder. And since it's so compact and rounded, it's not really a candidate for a clip-on holder. However, if you are playing at a table, you can always use a stand, and if you are playing on the back of a car, you can use a headset headphone holder.
GameVice Bluetooth Gamepad ($ 75)
Wireless mobile gamepads are really great, but they all suffer from the same problem. Where are you holding your phone? Yes, controllers like the Rotor Riot have integrated phone mounts. However, these phone holders are not an ideal solution. They force you to keep the controller at an odd angle, and they can add a lot of unnecessary amounts (and fragile parts) to a product that focuses on mobile games.
If mobile gamepads with cell phone holders do not really do that then you should check out the ubiquitous gamevice. It's a really nice controller that turns your iPhone into a Nintendo Switch-like slot machine. It has a familiar key layout with satisfying buttons, triggers and joysticks. For $ 75 you can expect the best.
Note that this controller requires a fixed connection and only works with the iPhone X, 8, 8+, 7, 6, and 6S. Yes, this is almost any iPhone, but it is possible that you can not use the Gamevice when upgrading to a future iPhone, especially if Apple replaces the Lightning port with a USB-C port.
If you like the concept but playing on an iPad, you're in luck, there are Gamvice versions for the iPad Mini, iPad, iPad Pro 10.5 inches and iPad Pro 12.9 inches.