Controller enhances the mobile gaming experience.
One of my favorite games to play is Lego Star Wars. I remember getting it for Xbox 360 many years ago and playing the heck out of it. It’s entertaining and you can play a few rounds without getting too invested. It’s a great game and I would love to pick it up again. The easiest place for me to play would be on my iPhone, but it’s just not the same experience without a standard, hand-held controller. This is where the GameSir X2 Lightning Mobile Gaming Controller comes in handy. It provides the same type of gaming experience as a console system, but in a much more portable fashion. In fact, this controller really gives the Nintendo Switch a run for its money.
The GameSir X2 Lightning Mobile Gaming Controller is designed to work exclusively with the iPhone by virtue of the fact that it uses a Lightning connector. There are several X2 gaming controllers available from GameSir including Lightning, Type-C, and Bluetooth versions. The X2 Lightning features a lag-free connection thanks to its built-in Lightning wired connection. The controller features pass-through charging and is powered by a connected device. It has a classic ‘stretch design’ and supports iPhones with a length between 100-179mm. The X2 Lightning supporters MFi games, Apple Arcade games, and cloud gaming. The device has a rotatable Lightning plug that makes it easy to place or remove the iPhone from the controller. The X2 Lightning also features soft rubber grips, 3 million click microswitch buttons, and clickable L3/R3 buttons. The controller comes with a travel case and silicone thumb grips as well as a user manual.
Getting started with the X2 Lightning is very easy. You just plug your phone into the Lightning plug and clamp it into the holder part of the device. The X2 is spring-loaded so it’s easily adjustable. I was using my iPhone 12 Pro with it and didn’t have any problems with the fit or installation of the controller. Once my phone was locked into place, I was very surprised at how much the X2/iPhone combination reminded me of the Nintendo Switch. That said, I actually feel as though the X2/iPhone pairing is much easier to handle than a Nintendo Switch. It’s just a little easier to grip for me. I have average size hands and have always felt the Switch was a little unwieldy. The X2 with iPhone attached is perfect.
At first, I was slightly confused about the operation. I have used other mobile gaming controllers and they usually require a third-party application or utility in order to operate the device. So, I was expecting the same experience with the X2 Lightning. As it turns out, it is quite literally a plug-n-play operation and the controller is recognized by the game once it has started up. For example, I plugged my phone into the X2 and started up Lego Star Wars. I did have to use touch screen controls until I got to the main menu of the game. Once I did, there was a line item that said, “controller connected,” and I was able to use the controller at that point to control the game. No extra software was needed.
I played several rounds of Lego Star Wars using the X2 and found it to be incredibly responsive. When I pressed keys on the controller or used the joysticks, my character on the screen responded right away. It’s actually a very impressive device and it really does enhance the mobile gaming experience.
I think this is a great item for mobile gamers. I wouldn’t consider myself a ‘mobile gamer,’ but I definitely enjoy playing when I have downtime and this controller helps me make the most of my gaming experience. It’s well worth the purchase price and I much prefer this type of mobile gaming controller to the type that essentially mounts your phone to the top of a hand-held controller.