Ask almost anyone you know and they will probably agree: all good controllers have at least one button. Who can disagree with this? No one to trust – plus some manufacturers, including well-known brands like Anker and HyperX, have started making controllers for your phone that have no buttons at all.
These weird new gadgets won’t make controlling games through on-screen controls any easier, though they’re not completely useless for people playing PUBG and some other mobile hits that do not have official controller support.
Anchor PowerCore Play 6K controller is essentially a 36 6,700 millionAA power bank that is shaped in the form of a control. Look at everything you want and you will not find a single button. But Anker, after starting to make banks with affordable energy, relies on the battery side of things, so you do not have to worry about low performance during the game.
The 6.700mAh extra charge should give your phone two to three recharges, and supports up to 15W output on Android phones via its USB-C port and up to 12W on iPhone or any other device you want to charge with its USB-A port. Given that playing games can make your phone heat up, it has an integrated fan to remove heat. This is ok, but I think I would like some buttons please.
The HyperX ChargePlay Clutch is another device in the form of a controller that only deals with holding your phone on top and making it more comfortable to hold during play. Unlike Anker, this supports Qi wireless charging in addition to wireless charging.
Plus, the 3,000 mAh battery in the ChargePlay clutch is magnetically attached and can be removed, which is a nice touch as I can not imagine that many people would like to carry around a boomerang-shaped battery when not playing. That’s $ 59.99, and that’s a lot for a buttonless controller. But if you value its removable battery instead of the Anchor built-in fan, it might be worth checking out.
As I mentioned before, these gloves have different models that give more advantage than battery life, especially for those who mainly play games that do not have solid support of the local controller. If you want to see some of the other monsters on Amazon, just look for “radiator gamepads” and get ready to see some great art presenters, like the one below showing your phone exploding.
Granted, some of these options from brands I would never have heard of actually go one step further than the claws of Anchor or HyperX by joining in an energy bank, a cooling fan and trigger from each side pressing on the screen of your phone just for you by clicking on them. (Buttons, what a concept!) How substantially limited, as some of these faux controllers with few or no buttons, are currently no other controller on the market that can match the intensity of this model containing the realistic pistol grips and triggers .
These gloves look like they were made for another time. This kind of thing would have been a pleasure 10 years ago when phones started behaving with popularity and keyboard games first started legitimizing Android and iOS as gaming platforms.
They make less sense now that Google Stadia and Microsoft XCloud are ready to bring true keyboard-quality experiences with complex button layouts to phones that work with controllers like the Xbox One and DualShock 4 via Bluetooth. Plus, gaming keyboards like the PowerA XPA-X attach to your device with a sturdy phone clip, providing a full display of buttons, and provide extra juice all at once. If you want elegance, the Razer Kishi is set there, albeit definitely at a higher cost.