This controller turns your Android phone into a portable Xbox

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The RIG MG-X is designed for streaming games from Microsoft, but it will work with almost any game with controller support.

It's not likely that Microsoft will make a portable console. There isn't much need for a product like this between Sony's failure with the Vita, Nintendo's dominance of the market with the Switch, and Microsoft's device-agnostic business model.

That doesn't mean there isn't demand for portable games. The ability to stream games from your own console to your phone has been pushed by Microsoft. It isn't an ideal setup for most Xbox games, even though a surprising number of players are doing this with touchscreen controls.

I wanted to try the RIG MG-X, a mobile controller from Nacon. It is an officially licensed Xbox controller that works with just about any phone, giving it all the buttons you would find on a standard Xbox One pad. It's a good fit for Game Pass games on the go.

You can buy it from Amazon.

There are a number of options for mobile controllers out there, including the recently released Xbox-specific version of the Razer Kishi. The simplicity of the design of the RIG MG-X makes it a good choice for a product category that can be a little awkward. It is nice to not have to think about which icons are mapped to which commands; you can just use the same buttons on a conventional Xbox setup.

There is a gap in the middle of the controller that extends out to connect to your phone. I used it with a phone with a 6.78-inch screen and it worked fine. It does not work with the phone.

I'm okay with it.

This is a big device, and it is wide enough to fit your phone. It feels well-built and I wouldn't have a problem tossing it into a bag when traveling. The trade-off is that the controller can be used with the phone in a case, and that it is compatible with the phone. It means that you have to manually pair the phone with the controller, and then charge it over the internet from time to time.

The RIG MG-X has small but effective controls. The Joy-Con is larger than the analog sticks and feels more satisfying to use. The face buttons are small and clicky, while the D-pad is accurate despite being a little mushier than I would prefer. Over time, I found the RIG MG-X to have good ergonomics, because I have large hands.

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The biggest flaw of the RIG MG-X is its triggers.

When it comes to the triggering, there is one exception. They are difficult to press in all the way, which is a problem for games like racers where you need to hold them down a lot. I was wondering why I was losing so many races in the game when I knew it was okay to make individual squeezes to fire weapons, but I didn't have my foot pressed firmly enough on the gas. You can do it, but it takes more force than any other controller I have ever used, and it is not comfortable for extended play sessions.

It is unfortunate that this isn't a good controller, but it does work well for most other genres. You can use it for non-Xbox games, of course, whether they are from the Play Store or elsewhere, and you even get native Xbox button indicators in the menus.

If you are a fan of racing games, you should know what you are getting into with the RIG MG-X controller. It was disappointing for me, so I would go with the Xbox version of the game. This is a solution that will get you closer to a portable Xbox than ever before, and other than the triggers, I prefer the design of the Kishi. The MG-X Pro is a controller that looks like a standard Xbox controller, and hopefully it will be better.