Power Vessel is the ultimate multi-platform controller
Most gamers play on multiple devices nowadays. Power Vessel is a small multi-platform controller that works with your phone, your tablet, your streaming box and your computer. It also doubles as a mouse and keyboard.
- Is it worth buying a controller for phone games? Absolutely. While some titles are best played with touch controls, others are much better with a joystick.
- Can you use a mouse with tablets? With some, you can. It’s also possible to use accessories with directional buttons in place of a standard mouse.
- What is the best controller for mobile and PC gaming? Power Vessel is a multi-platform controller that does it all. This thing lets you play, type, work, and control your music.
Mobile gaming has risen sharply in popularity over the past five years. Originally, it was the casual appeal of Angry Birds and Flappy Bird that drew the crowds. In 2019, it’s titles such as Fortnite, Clash of Clans, and PUBG that find favor.
While these games are perfectly playable with touchscreen controls, committed gamers might want to invest in something better. Power Vessel is perhaps the best option currently available. This multi-platform controller offers 20 dedicated buttons and a joystick. It also works as a compact keyboard and mouse for mobile and desktop devices.
Why you need a controller for mobile gaming
Every iOS and Android game is designed, first and foremost, to be played with touch controls. This is how the majority of mobile gamers play, after all. However, on-screen joysticks and buttons just aren’t as precise as their physical equivalents.
Power Vessel makes mobile gaming more like console gaming. This compact keyboard provides an array of buttons, along with a D-pad and a joystick. This means you can easily strafe in FPS games and guide your Asphalt car through the apex of each corner.
But Power Vessel does more than a standard smartphone gaming accessory. This multi-platform controller also works with Windows and Mac games (incl. Steam), iPad titles and Apple TV.
You can get 8–12 hours of play time on a full charge, which takes around 1.5 hours. The battery life extends to 20–30 hours if you switch off the backlight and audio.
More than games
Even when you’re not in the mood for gaming, Power Vessel makes itself useful.
For replying to messages quickly, the device has a backlit QWERTY keyboard that is optimized for thumb typing. In addition, the joystick works as a replacement mouse for your computer or tablet.
Power Vessel also has buttons for controlling your music playlist, and a dedicated selfie button. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, you can even use this device as a wireless audio receiver. The controller has an AUX out port, into which you can plug your headphones.
“Power Vessel Mini Gaming Keyboard is the ultimate portable wireless accessory. A gaming controller, handheld optimized keyboard, Bluetooth music player and hub, computer mouse and universal remote – Power Vessel covers all your controller needs in one pocket-sized device!” — FUNDIAN Team on Indiegogo
It’s impressive how this one peripheral provides an instant gaming upgrade for all your devices. Furthermore, it’s useful for chatting, working and binge-watching.
A few limitations
Bear in mind that the gaming controls and mouse mode have limited support on iOS. You can still play, you just won’t be able to use all the buttons and custom features.
– Kickstarter: Until July 28
– Pledge: $52 USD
– Delivery: August 2019