PowerA will unveil the MOGA Mobile Gaming System at the E3 Expo next week and is poised to bring console quality gaming experiences to mobile phones and tablets. This is a novel concept and there maybe a place in the market for something like this but quality and price point will be paramount to making this work. It has to be in the sub $99 range I think, otherwise you might as well buy an actual handheld like the Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita but we’ll see.
To empower this advance in mobile gaming, MOGA combines three key innovations into a single powerful system. The MOGA Controller is the first state-of-the-art, full-featured controller designed specifically for mobile devices. Pocket-sized, portable and connected via Bluetooth, the MOGA Controller features the controls that console gamers and developers demand: dual analog sticks, two shoulder buttons, four action buttons and standard home, start and select buttons. In addition, the MOGA SDK provides mobile game developers with greater precision, robust control and enhanced display abilities while enabling fast, efficient development of rich new game titles and MOGA enhancement of existing titles. Finally, the MOGA Pivot App enables gamers to easily browse, find and play a library of MOGA Enhanced games in one convenient location. MOGA Pivot will be available free via Google Play.
At E3, PowerA is also announcing support for MOGA from top game publishers. Industry leaders Gameloft, MachineWorks, Namco Bandai, SEGA, Atari and Ratrod Studio Inc. have committed to deliver new and classic favorites such as N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Six-Guns, Dungeon Hunter 3, Painkiller: Purgatory HD, Duke Nukem 3D, Sky Gamblers: Rise of Glory, PAC-MAN by Namco, Virtua Tennis Challenge, Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II, Atari’s Greatest Hits (including Centipede, Asteroids and Battlezone) and Mike V: Skateboard Party to MOGA this year. With the support of these publishers and others, MOGA will feature top games from every genre, including shooter, racing, sports, arcade and more.
In addition to the pocket-sized MOGA controller, PowerA will also release a MOGA Pro Controller for those gamers who want a full-sized, console-style controller design. More details will be released on this product later in the year. MOGA system will initially support Android 2.3+ mobile devices, and be available during the second half of 2012.