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Mobile gaming has come a long way from for example Flappy Bird and Temple Run. While those titles can easily be played with one thumb, more competitive games these days need a bit of an “oomph” if you want to have any kind of upper hand.
Aside from having a phone with enough power to ensure your games run smoothly without sacrificing your battery life, it never hurts to look at the market to see how your experience can be improved. When it comes to mobile gaming, there are a few accessories that will really take your game to the next level. Whether you enjoy playing good old Fortnite, Duty or Minecraftnone of these games could be played so easily on your phone without a compatible controller or joystick.
Below, we’ve rounded up the must-have mobile gaming accessories you need if you want to take your experience from good to great.
The best mobile gaming accessories to feel like a pro
A mobile phone controller
The first phone accessory is the most obvious: to get around all the tapping, get your hands on a mobile game controller.
The Razer Kishi brings console-level finesse wherever you go. This controller is compatible with cloud gaming services including Xbox Game Pass, Stadia and Steamlink, so you can play all your favorite games and more. The clickable analog thumbsticks provide greater in-game accuracy and ease, so you can shoot them without breaking a sweat. Unlike most mobile game controllers, you don’t have to worry about lag as it plugs directly into your phone’s charging port.
Alternatively, the Backbone One is a great universal option that looks and feels like an Xbox or PlayStation controller. No matter which side of the console war you’re on, this controller plugs into your phone (sort of like a reverse Nintendo Switch) so you can enjoy the familiarity of your favorite D-pad.
Where to buy:
- Razer Kishi:
- Backbone one:
Or a retro-themed Bluetooth controller
If you enjoy the feeling of nostalgia while gaming, you will love this retro 8BitDo Bluetooth controller. Compatible with both Android and various consoles such as your Nintendo Switch, this mobile game controller gives you a vintage feel but with a modern experience.
With flexible joysticks, an ergonomic design and a scratch-resistant ABS shell, this wireless controller gives you a smooth mobile gaming experience online and a nostalgic thrill.
Where to buy: Amazon ($79.95) | Large W ($79) | eBay ($97.95)
Mobile game clip
If you prefer to use your favorite Xbox controller then you can continue with this mobile game clip.
With Otterbox’s sturdy clip, you can safely turn your smartphone into a mini console, so you can play all your favorite shooters on the go.
Where to buy: Amazon ($48.94) | eBay ($39.95) | Otter box ($39.95)
Razer Phone Cooler Chroma
Even if you stream Twitch for hours on end, the back of your phone can start to burn. But if you were to send it into overdrive playing your favorite AAA, you might be on your way to buying a new phone a little earlier than planned. After all, overheating your phone can lead to decreased performance and battery degradation — both things we don’t want to see when we’re at the top of our game.
That’s why investing in this phone cooling clip is such a saving grace. It uses a heat sink to dissipate and dissipate excess heat to extend the life of your phone. While you might assume that attaching a mini fan to your smartphone would make your mobile gaming experience quite noisy, you’d be surprised to know that only minimal noise is emitted from this Razer cooler.
Where to buy: Amazon (100.81) | eBay ($140.19) | Razer ($103.95)
Okay, enough about controllers. If you already know your way around a few mobile games, you know that your fingers can get stuffy at times. We’re talking about how your fingers can sometimes get surprisingly sweaty after a while and leave smudges on your screen.
By playing with a pair of thimbles, you will find that sweat is absorbed immediately and you no longer have to worry about moisture remaining on your phone screen.
Thanks to their non-slip texture, these thimbles are also great for avoiding operating errors, so you can enjoy a smoother gaming experience.
Where to buy: Amazon ($39.08) | eBay ($18.71)
A pair of wireless earbuds
As far as gaming brands go, Razer has established itself as a reliable go-to for accessories. As with many of their products, the Razer Hammerhead wireless earbuds come equipped with all the specs and features you look for in a pair of gaming earphones.
It features ultra-low latency connection, 13mm drivers, a touch interface, voice control, and Bluetooth-enabled auto-pairing. Oh, and it’s water resistant.
Where to buy: Amazon ($116.37) | Catch ($71.89) | eBay ($90)
Razer Anzu smart glasses
Okay, these are pretty cool. Not only do these blue light glasses filter, but if you like yourself a two-in-one gadget, the Razer Anzu doubles as headphones. With low-latency audio, a built-in microphone and speakers, these sunglasses are the perfect accessory when you’re on the go but just want the essentials close at hand.
However, they are on the expensive side, but worth it if you want to spice up your mobile gaming experience.
Where to buy: Amazon ($230.13) | eBay ($199.99) | Razer ($319.95)
A micro SD card
Since most mobile phones have an internal storage capacity starting at 128 GB, you’d be surprised how quickly that can fill up if your whole life is in one device. From your photo library to your social media apps and your extensive game library, a micro SD card is a godsend when your smartphone is giving you the dreaded “Memory is full”.
SanDisk is a fantastic supplier of micro SD cards that allow you to expand your internal storage. The SanDisk Extreme Pro was rated A2 for faster app loading and performance, making it the ideal choice for storing your favorite mobile games.
Where to buy: Amazon ($39.95)
The ASUS ROG Phone 6 “
Honestly, if you’re serious about mobile gaming, you might want to step away from your regular iPhone and pick up the ROG Phone 6.
Zac Kelly, a big mobile gamer and one of our friends at Gizmodo Australia, gave this bad boy his solid seal of approval. While it has a few gimmicks like a “gamer panel” on the back, Zac praised its unbeatable performance, lack of bloatware, great battery life, and cool backlighting. Sounds like a foregone conclusion to us.
Where to buy: Amazon ($1,769.08) | JB Hi-Fi ($1,799)
Other mobile game accessories worth considering
With all that gaming, you’re bound to have hours of screen time. But to make sure you’re protecting your vision, you’ll need blue light-filtering glasses (in case you’re not already nearsighted). You see, prolonged exposure to HEV blue light can eventually lead to blurred vision and eyestrain. Minimize the risk of common gaming problems such as fatigue and headaches with these blue light glasses ($7.49).
Next, it’s a good idea to keep your phone’s screen shiny and smudge-free, especially after hours of sanding. For $9.99 you can get a set of 10 microfiber cloths that are so soft they don’t leave marks or scratches on the glass.