9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

As smartphones become increasingly well-equipped for gaming, many of us have become true mobile gamers. Whether you prefer PUBG or Clash of Clans, these must-have gadgets will improve your small-screen sessions.

9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers
  • What are the best smartphones for gaming? If you’re serious about gaming, check out the specialist phones from Razer, Asus and Red Magic.
  • Can you use a console controller with a smartphone? Absolutely. For instance, you can use your Xbox One controller with any Bluetooth-enabled Android phone.
  • Can you play mobile games with a Chromecast? Yes, although only a few (such as Angry Birds) offer full support.

For many gamers, sitting down in front of the TV for three hours is an impossible luxury. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some outstanding gameplay. These must-have gadgets for mobile gamers will help you make the most of your small-screen adventures.

Gamevice iPhone Mobile Controller

Gamevice iPhone Mobile Controller - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

Gamevice turns your iPhone into a portable console

This neat peripheral turns your iPhone into a fully-fledged handheld console. You get dual joysticks, plus a D-pad and four action buttons. The companion Gamevice app provides access to over 870 games.

Price: $79.95 USD

Kanex GoPlay Sidekick iOS Controller

Kanex GoPlay Sidekick iOS Controller - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

Play on the move with GoPlay Sidekick

This pocket-sized controller offers all the controls you would expect on a home console handset. It comes with a neat phone stand, and you get 20 hours of play on a single charge.

Price: $59.95 USD

Red Magic Gaming Smartphone

Red Magic Gaming Smartphone - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

The Red Magic smartphone is great for gaming

Need more power under the hood? The Red Magic phone comes with 8GB of RAM and an Adreno 540 GPU. It also has a stunning six-inch touchscreen and 128GB of internal storage. Oh, and it has a 24MP camera too.

Price: $442.82 USD

Asus ROG Android Gaming Phone

Asus ROG Android Gaming Phone - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

The Asus ROG phone has incredible power under the hood

With no fewer than eight Kryo CPU cores, the Asus ROG is an Android gaming beast. The processor clocks all the way up to 2.96GHz, while the Adreno 630 GPU delivers beautiful HDR graphics. The modular design also means you can add a variety of gaming peripherals.

Price: $1099 USD

Razer Phone 2 Gaming Smartphone

Razer Phone 2 Gaming Smartphone - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

Experience 120FPS on the Razer Phone 2

While the Razor Phone 2 isn’t quite as powerful as the Asus ROG, it’s the first smartphone with a true 120Hz screen. This means you can enjoy smoother gameplay and view 120FPS footage from the rear cameras.

Price: $799.99 USD

VR Smartphone Goggles by Merge

VR Smartphone Goggles by Merge -- 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

Merge Goggles make VR affordable

This super-affordable headset allows you to enjoy virtual reality gaming through your phone. The Merge Goggles work with both Android and iOS, with built-in buttons that allow you to interact with your environment.

Price: $29.99 USD

MagiMask High Definition AR Headset

MagiMask High Definition AR Headset - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

MagiMask does VR and AR

MagiMask is another great phone-powered headset. The difference is, this one can also do augmented reality. Using the supplied “trackers”, you can manipulate digital objects in your hands.

Price: $89 USD, pre-order

Mophie USB-C Powerstation Plus XL

Mophie USB-C Powerstation Plus XL - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

Keep playing with the Powerstation Plus XL

One big problem for mobile gamers is battery life. But with the Powerstation Plus XL in your pocket, you can play for 45 hours straight and still have 100% battery on your phone.

Price: $99.95 USD

Wanle Retro Gamers Console iPhone Case

Wanle Retro Gamers Console iPhone Case - 9 Must-have gadgets for mobile gamers

Go retro with the Wanle console case

This brilliant iPhone case adds a Gameboy lookalike to the back of your Apple device. Using the built-in controls and LCD screen, you can play classics such as Tetris, Formula One Racing and Tank.

Price: $19.95 USD

Gadgets for mobile gamers

Whether you’re a mobile gaming veteran or just getting started, these gadgets should improve your experience.

What’s your favorite mobile gaming accessory? Share your recommendations in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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