Long gone are the days when Tetris clones, Farmville knock-offs, and Pac-Man lookalikes populated much of Android’s burgeoning Google Play store. Now, Google’s operating system boasts a diverse games library that rivals that of some home consoles. Geometry Wars 3, Minecraft, Fortnite, and remastered titles from the Grand Theft Auto collections are the cream of the current mix’s crop — a list that seems to grow longer every day. But if you game on your phone, you may need one of the best Android game controllers.
Whether you’re a PC gamer or a mobile gamer, there are some games that just play better on a controller. A mouse and keyboard might be more accurate, but are cumbersome to use with limited space or on a sofa. Touchscreen controls don’t require any peripherals, but aren’t accurate or pleasant to use. Bluetooth controllers hit that sweet spot between the two.
But not all Bluetooth game controllers are created equal. Some are designed specifically for Android devices, and others are true console controllers that work across all platforms, like the Xbox One controller. To help you make the decision, we’ve put together a list of the best Bluetooth controllers for Android and PC gaming.