GameSir G8 Galileo is a phone game controller with a proper joypad feel
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Controllers for mobile phone gaming are all the rage and the new G8 Galileo from GameSir is up there with the best of them.
They grey unit is purposefully designed for universal compatibility, featuring an extendable bridge from 110-185 mm in length and plenty of rear space to accommodate a wide range of phone models.
That means you can strap in any iPhone 15 model or pretty much any Android device to its USB-C connector. The port itself is moveable to allow for even more connectivity.
Unlike some of its contemporaries, the G8 really doubles down on that proper console controller feel, and is very similar to a classic Xbox joypad in the hands.
It’s grippy too, which is good for long sweaty stint in cyberspace, but also a little too plasticky to the touch to feel fully elite.
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The ABXY buttons and D-pad all sit full-sized and comfortably in the right places and there are a couple of bonus mappable buttons on the back too for extra ease.
The thumbtacks are Hall effect, meaning there’ll be none of that dreaded stick drift you get with the likes of Nintendo’s Joy-Cons.
They offer 360° seamless pinpoint control, which gives a precision and durability to gameplay.
It works on controller-compatible games instantly but for those that aren’t immediately connectible you can overlay the free-to-download GameSir App to customise and map your button combos to touchscreen controls.
That means you’ll quickly be blasting baddies in Call of Duty mobile or scoring Ronaldo-style goals in eFootball.
There are interchangeable thumb sticks with different heights to them in the package, which allows you to game to your particular preference, and you can interchange magnetic detachable faceplates.
It has pass-through charging for your device of choice, meaning one charger for both units, and a 3.5mm headphones jack for on-the-go earphone sound.
Overall, a strong entry in the mobile controller genre with a classic joypad feel and wide-ranging compatibility.
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