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Best mobile game controllers for Samsung Galaxy phones 2022

Android Game Controllers Roundup
Android Game Controllers Roundup (Image credit: Andrew Myrick / Android Central)

Why would you need a game controller for your Samsung Galaxy phone? Samsung hasn't explicitly jumped into the world of gaming-specific smartphones, but since you're provided with some of the best specs to go along with amazing displays, the latest Samsung smartphones make for a perfect gaming experience. With the best mobile game controllers for Samsung Galaxy phones, you'll be on your way to better gaming.

To make the most out of playing games on your phone, whether they're streamed through Cloud technology or downloaded natively, you'll need a great game controller to pair with it. We've gathered the best of the best in the list below.

Enjoy Xbox Cloud Gaming with the best Galaxy gamepads

Razer Kishi With Phone

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Cloud gaming is the way of the future, and Microsoft is paving the way with Xbox Game Pass. Samsung and Microsoft announced a new partnership alongside the device a couple of years ago, and it's still going strong.

As a result, we've gathered up some of the best devices for anyone looking to try out Xbox Cloud Gaming

xCloud has finally moved out of its "project" status and is officially available on Android as Xbox Cloud Gaming. The partnership between the two companies could prove quite fruitful, as Microsoft confirmed a special version of the Xbox Game Pass app just for Samsung devices. This will give you easy access to games, along with the ability to make in-app purchases for items and DLC.

Gaming is always better with a controller in hand

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The possibilities of mobile gaming continue to expand as more game developers take the time to add controller support. Whether you want better control while playing the best Android games or are keen on checking out Xbox Cloud Gaming, Bluetooth controllers can be a real game-changer for mobile gaming, and there are some really great options when looking for the best Android controllers.

Our top recommendation for the best Galaxy game controller goes to the Razer Kishi, which offers the best value for your money thanks to its ease-of-use, flexibility to be used with myriad device sizes, and its built-in USB-C port for low-latency gaming. There's even a pass-through port so you can keep your Galaxy phone charged throughout those longer gaming sessions. And when you're done, just take your phone out, collapse the controller, and stow away the Razer Kishi for later. 

The adjustable size means that it works well with any mainline Samsung Galaxy phone you've got, even if you're upgraded to one of the newer S20 models.

The Razer Kishi is a great controller in its own right, but there are some compatibility issues with larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. That's where a controller like the Gamesir X2 comes in since it can expand to hold pretty much any phone. 

There are two versions available, one that connects via Bluetooth and one that connects via USB-C. It's up to you but we prefer the USB-C version, simply to cut down on any potential latency problems or signal degradation from interference.

Finally, if you don't want a phone mount but instead are interested in a controller that'll also work well playing games on PC, you can't go wrong with the Xbox controller. The refined design feels comfortable to use, while the triggers and bumpers feel great for whatever you're playing.

Andrew Myrick
Andrew Myrick

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.

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