There’s no doubt that even amid the explosive growth of the entire video game market over the past two decades, the surge in mobile gaming has been particularly noteworthy. Last year, mobile games pulled in over $49 billion in revenue, accounting for 60 percent of the entire global gaming annual take.
But while more and more of us are playing games on our smartphones, it’s not exactly the best gaming experience. Between the tiny screen and the microscopically small buttons, gaming on your phone can often feel like you’re trying to watch a blockbuster film through a keyhole. You lose a lot of the spectacle and basic functionality at that miniscule size.
The Dragon X5 Bluetooth Gaming Controller ($39.99, 29 percent off) isn’t afraid to open things up a bit, giving your hands more room to move and more responsiveness to execute game maneuvers more like console or PC gaming.
In fact, the Dragon X5 looks and feels almost exactly like a Playstation controller from your youth, except it’s packed with some decidedly up-to-the-minute new abilities.
The controller syncs easily to your Android or iOS phone, then clips into the Dragon X5 grip to turn your phone into a handheld gaming device, with all the range of ability you’d expect while playing the game on a Playstation or Xbox.
Just as with those platforms, the Dragon X5 has a full selection of analog buttons and joysticks to fight, fly, gather, run, or do virtually anything in your game with precision you can’t get from tiny touchscreen buttons. You can even adjust all your multimedia levels from the controller as well, with volume control features, pause and stop buttons, and more. And just like those platform controllers, this unit also has a turbo acceleration function, enabling you to play like you’ve never played on a smartphone before.
While this instantly elevates your smartphone gaming, the Dragon X5 is also compatible with all other Bluetooth-enabled devices, including everything from tablets and smart TVs to set-top boxes, PCs and even a PS3.
The Dragon X5 Bluetooth Gaming Controller is usually available for $56, but right now, you can get one in either black or white and save $16 off your total, costing you just $39.99.
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