10. OUYA Android Game Console
Android games have come a long way. From closing the gap between console and mobile graphics, to playing Android games on a console itself. That’s where the OUYA comes in. While Android gaming has boomed, the Android home game console market is still fledgling at this point. If you’re in the market for a home console that you can play your Android games on though, look no further than the OUYA. With a fairly large list of games optimized specifically for the OUYA, and a controller that is comfortable and responsive, this is one gift idea that is sure to please any Android game fan. You can pick up the console for $99, which nets you the Console itself, a matching wireless controller, two AA batteries, the power adapter and an HDMI cable. You can also pre-order the limited edition White console for $129.99 which comes with 16GB of storage instead of the standard 8GB.
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9. Mad Catz R.A.T.m
Gaming mice are fairly commonplace in the PC gaming world, but were just starting to see bluetooth enabled gaming mice that are compatible with Android devices. The R.A.T.m from Mad Catz is just what you need if you use apps like Splashtop HD to sync up to your PC and play games on your tablet. Of course, you’ll most likely need a bluetooth keyboard to go with it. As all types of Android games become more popular, we’ll most likely start to see some that are compatible with devices like this one so you can game in a familiar way. The R.A.T.m comes in hot with a true 6400 dpi laser sensor(epic precision), an adjustable palm rest for comfort, and 10 programmable buttons. For the truly hardcore gamer, the R.A.T.m could be yours for about $130. Steep for a gaming mouse sure, but the R.A.T. line of gaming mice is synonymous with quality, so this is unlikely to disappoint.
8. Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E.m Gaming Keyboard
What would any bluetooth gaming mouse be without a proper gaming keyboard to match? Nothing cause it would only end up as one half of a whole that you need to play your games. That’s where the S.T.R.I.K.E.m from Mad Catz comes in. It was developed for use with the upcoming M.O.J.O. Android gaming console in mind, but that’s not the only device it will work with. It pairs via NFC or Bluetooth, so you can connect how you want. With games like Heroes of order and Chaos and other MOBA style games beginning to hit Android, and a plethora of RPG and FPS titles, it’s no surprise that we would see a company like Mad Catz make something like this that has dedicated WASD keys and MACRO buttons. It’s unclear at this time what the actual release date and pricing will be for this particular gaming peripheral, but Mad Catz says in time for the holidays. So expect to see it on amazon sometime before christmas along with everything else in this guide.
7. Braven BVZ650 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
No game experience is complete without excellent quality sound. There are plenty of wireless speaker sets out there, but Braven speakers are among some of the very best and should definitely be at the top of anyones list who is in the market for a product like this. Experience high fidelity audio and room filling sound wrapped up in a sleek little package. It even comes with a powerbank to let you charge external devices for up to 12 hours. The Braven is pricy at a retail of $189.99, but the price is worth what you get. Play on.
6. Razer Ferox Mobile Gaming Speakers
You’ve seen the wireless option for mobile gaming audio, now check out the wired option. Razer is renowned for their gaming equipment and rightfully so. Their products are amazing. These portable little speakers pack a ton of sound into a neat little design. They sport 360 degree omnidirectional sound for room filling audio while you play your games. Play for up to 8 hours before you have to charge these bad boys. Even if you lose track of time you’ll know when to plug them in. Yep. Razer thought of that. Just watch for the Dual-Color LED battery indicator to tell you when the speaker batteries are running low. These will run you $59.99 at retail. They would make great stocking stuffers too.(If you have a monster sized stocking).
5. Nvidia SHIELD
Nvidia knows games. That’s why they developed the Nvidia SHIELD, which is a portable Android gaming unit. Its designed kind of like an Xbox 360 controller with a flip up 5 inch multi touch display. It houses the latest Tegra 4 chip for powerful gaming sessions of all your favorite Android games. The gamepad on it comes equipped with all the buttons you’d expect to find on a normal controller, integrated stereo speakers with a built in mic, and 16GB of storage for all the games you love to play. Perhaps the coolest feature of the SHIELD though, is the ability to play games from your Steam library. Given you have the compatible equipment of course. If you want a truly awesome gaming experience on Android, the Nvidia SHIELD for $299 is a portable gamers dream.
4. SteelSeries Free Mobile Controller
SteelSeries is also well known for their gaming peripherals. That’s why the SteelSeries Free Mobile Controller is worth a look. Its got a full suite of buttons, and is arguably one of the lightest mobile gaming controllers out there making long sessions comfortable. It has a rechargeable battery with approximately up to 10 hours of battery life. It has a classic controller layout with two joysticks, a d-pad, 4 button layout, start, select, and two bumper buttons. The only things it’s missing are the two trigger buttons. All in all its a great little controller for proper mobile gaming with a console gaming feel. The retail on this will run you $59.99 , and comes with a nifty carrying pouch to safely store your controller during travel.
3. SteelSeries Flux Luxury Edition Mobile Gaming headset
The perfect partner to your brand new SteelSeries Free mobile gaming controller. The Flux Luxury Edition headset comes equipped with an easy to tote foldable design for portability. It has super comfortable leather cushions to keep your ears nice and cozy while you play. It has an omnidirectional in line mic with mute controls, and the cable is even detachable for easy travel packing. If you feel so inclined, you can even share your sound with your friends by letting them jack in to the available port on the headset, so they can hear what you hear. You can pick up the Flux Luxury Edition for $89.99, which is not a bad price for such a versatile gaming headset that works on multiple platforms.
2. Nyko Playpad Pro
The Nyko Playpad Pro is arguably one of the best bluetooth gamepads out there. It’s extremely lightweight, so playing games for longer sessions isn’t cumbersome. It has a built in rechargeable battery that you can power up via a micro usb. Its designed with Tegra in mind and works with a tegra optimized HID protocol for tegra devices and games, but it works with any Android device that supports bluetooth gamepads(Android 3.0+). You’ll find all the right buttons here. Dual joysticks, d-pad, start, select, 4-button ABXY layout, left and right bumper and trigger buttons up top. The Nyko playpad pro is made with serious gamers in mind, and you can pick one up for around $35 making this mobile gaming controller a steal!
1. MOGA Pro Power Gaming Controller
The MOGA Pro Power is everything you could want in a mobile gamepad. It has dual joysticks, 4-button ABXY layout, a d-pad, left and right bumper and trigger buttons, and start and select. On top of having the usual controls, the MOGA Pro Power has a leg up on every other bluetooth gamepad with Power A’s patented SMARTLOCK clip that holds your android phone for you so you can play your games anywhere. You’ll also love the extended play time thanks to the MOGA boost tech that will charge your phone while you play from the built in 2200 mAH battery. The MOGA Pro Power is made with serious gamers and extreme comfort in mind, and definitely the #1 Android gaming accessory that should be on everyones list this year. You can grab one for $79.99.