MOGA Hero Power vs Pro Power
In 2012, PowerA had been trying to change the market with MOGA and MOGA Pro controllers. Both of the controllers can be improved, and the Hero Power and Pro Power released this year are a great demonstration of how the MOGA controllers had been improved. Hero Power costs $60 while Pro Power costs $80. So, are the two controllers worth buying?
MOGA Pocket, the original MOGA, had been redesigned to create the Hero Power – and this new version is a thousand times better than the 2012 controller. Here’s why:
- PowerA had fixed the lack of D-pad, non-clicky joysticks, and the obvious need for replaceable batteries.
- The Hero Power is longer and wider than the MOGA Pocket, so your gaming experience is now more comfortable. Despite the bigger size, the Hero Power is still pocket-sized and easy to carry around.
- The button configuration has been changed: there are more buttons now and they are larger and more clicky. Instead of a recessed joystick, the joysticks are raised just as it should be. Instead of a cluster of buttons (start, select, MOGA keys), the Hero Power now has the D-Pad below the left joystick. On each arm are the start and select buttons. Hero Power also has two sets of shoulder buttons.
Hero Power feels like a more mature version of the MOGA Pocket. The only issue with it is that the L2/R2 triggers are spongy, which is kinda weird. They are a good addition, but it would have been better if the spongy feel is improved.
The 1800mAh battery of the Hero Power is the primary power source of the controller, and it also allows you to charge your phone while you are playing. Just note that you need at least a remaining battery of 25% to be able to charge an external device. Again, this new battery capacity is better than what the MOGA Pocket has because that used AAA batteries. While an 1800mAh battery is still limited, it’s still an improvement. It’s also worth noting that it would have been nicer if the battery had actually added weight to the controller. The controller is top-heavy, so it feels awkward to use especially when you are using it for a long period of time. It’s not a deal breaker, but the overall gaming experience could be significantly improved by addressing this simple issue.
The MOGA Arm has rubber pieces on top so that the phone can be held in place. It feels more solid than the one released last year, plus it is also easier to put the phone in place. You don’t worry anymore about the phone falling off the arm, so that is definitely a plus.
The Pro Power is what they call the “console experience controller”, and is the biggest among the MOGA family. It has the same button layout as its predecessor MOGA Pro, but they are bigger in the Pro Power (most probably because of the controller’s bigger size). Thus, it is more comfortable to touch. The L2 and R2 triggers are also springy – and as such it is a better version of the Hero Power.
One of the main differences between the two controllers is the layout of the USB ports. The Pro Power’s USB ports – a full sized one to charge devices and a micro one to charge the controller – are located on the back. In comparison, the Hero Power’s USB ports are separated; the full sized port is at the back while the microUSB port is located at the front. It does not really affect the performance of the controller, so there are no complaints here. Also, sadly, the Arm in the Pro Power is not long enough to be used for the Nexus 7.
The Pro Power has a 2200mAh battery, so theoretically, it should have a longer capacity. The controller feels perfectly balanced even when your phone is inserted in the arm. It is not top-heavy like the Hero Power but instead feels like it has the right amount of weight to make it feel more solid. It feels like a huge improvement over the MOGA Pro, giving you an overall premium feel, a comfortable gaming experience, and a more enjoyable time in using the buttons.
There were huge improvements in the hardware, but in terms of gaming experience, the Hero Power and Pro Power are basically performing the same way as last year’s models. The MOGA Pivot app is still used to sync the controller and to find games that are compatible with it. There is a bigger list of compatible games (there are about 100 added titles from last year), bringing the number from 76 to 175. That’s a great assortment to choose from, so you’d definitely have no time to get bored with it. The controller can also be used with emulators and other games that are not supported by MOGA if you are using HID mode.
Your choice of whether or not to buy the Hero Power or the Pro Power depends a lot on your preference. The MOGAs are worth the $60 and $80 asking price if you like gaming a lot and you prefer not to use the touch controls. Both models released now are solid and are definitely improved from their predecessors. It will surely provide you a better gaming experience on your mobile phone.
The Pro Power is a better choice than the Hero Power because the overall experience is worth it for the extra $20 that you have to pay for. It has a larger size and is less portable, but it is more comfortable to use. But if you have a tighter budget and the Hero Power is put on sale, then have no doubts; it is still a great controller.
Do you think the same way? Which of the two controllers do you have?