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Thanks to an increased focus on cloud gaming, a number of big brands have begun offering their titles via streaming services, and with phones sporting plenty of stunning display power, these games look great on them. Playing those games though can be a chore, as even the best touchscreen controls can’t compare to tried and tested controllers. Fortunately, there are a number of devices that can help in that department, and we’ve rounded up a few of them that are currently on sale through Cyber Monday deals, including the Razer Kishi–on sale for its best price yet.
Backbone One mobile gaming controller for iPhone
$70 (Was $100)
If the game supports a controller, then the Backbone will work with it. Everything you need from a controller is here, including your regular face buttons with an Xbox layout, clickable thumbsticks, and a 3.55mm headset jack for you to plug your favorite cans into. It’s compatible with the latest iPhones, and you can request an adapter for a better experience on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models. As an added bonus, it comes with a month of Xbox Game Pass on the house.
Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller
Android – $45 (was $80) | iOS – $60 (was $100)
Android and iOS smartphones are great hubs for gaming, but in their default state, they can be a touch uncomfortable to hold onto for an extended period of time. The Razer Kishi mobile game controller is an ergonomic solution to any potential hand-cramp issues, as it provides console-level control to your phone.
That makes it ideal for games like Genshin Impact or anything in the Xbox Game Pass, Stadia, Amazon Luna, GeForce NOW, and Steam Link libraries, thanks to a design that includes analog thumbsticks and familiar face buttons. designed to be comfortable over several hours, the device connects directly to a charging port to provide latency-free gameplay, and it also has a pass-through charging port when your phone needs an electrical refuel.
$60 (was $70)
Officially licensed for Apple devices, the SteelSeries is an attractive controller that comes equipped with a built-in rechargeable battery that can last up to 50 hours on a full charge, satisfyingly clicky D-pad buttons, and every other input you’d expect from a modern gaming peripheral. Using Bluetooth, it can easily connect to an iPad and Apple TV, while its iPhone functionality includes a handy cradle to prop your smartphone up with.
As an added bonus, you’ll get four months of Apple Arcade on the house when you purchase this controller, giving you access to a wide variety of great games like What the Golf, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, and many more.
Orzly Phone Clip
$13.61 (was $20)
If you can’t afford a fancy SteelSeries controller or a Razer Kishi to house your phone in, the Orzly smartphone mount clip is a great alternative that makes good use of what you already have in your home. The clip is an easy-to-use clamp that has an adjustable locking point for your regular Xbox controller, plus the included padding won’t leave any unsightly scratches on your peripherals.
Once your smartphone is locked into place, you can easily tilt it to get the optimum viewing angle, and once you’re done playing, the clip’s lightweight design means that you can tuck it away easily until you’re ready for round two.
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