I do love gaming on my devices. Games keep getting better and better, and I am seeing titles being released which make me want to buy straight away. Some of these games would play a lot better with a controller, and this is how I discovered the Matricom G-Pad XYBA. Taking design ideas from the PS4 controller, the G-Pad XYBA is a perfect controller for multi-device gaming.
The new Matricom G-Pad XYBA is touted as the ultimate controller working with a wide variety of devices. It is compatible with Android devices, such as smartphone, tablets, and TV Box’s. As well as the Samsung Gear VR and other Android OS VR, which support thousands of controller-enabled games.
The feel of the controller in hand (which is the most important point to a controller) was excellent! It reminds me of holding a PS4 controller, it slotted into my hand perfectly. There are rubberized grips on the hand sections, which gives it a sleek feel.
Pairing was easy, pressing the logo and the A button together starts the pairing process. Then I simply went into my phone and picked the controller from the list of devices. For every other connection, all I had to do was turn both on.
All of the standard buttons are included on the G-Pad XYBA, including both left and right joysticks, a directional pad, L1, L2, R1, R2. The Y, B, X, A, buttons all light up. There is a great spring under each button, giving it a satisfying click and means I don’t miss click.
G-Pad XYBA Controller Specs
|Dimensions||8.1 x 6.8 x 3.5 in|
|Buttons||16 button design: |
A, B, Y, X
D-Pad: up, down, left, right
Finger Triggers – L1, L2, R1, R2
Functions – Start, Select, Mode, Turbo
|Joysticks||Two (2) High-Resolution variable joysticks|
The battery is really good on this bad boy, I was able to get around 15 hours from a full charge. This was with the intermittent playing of games, which I was really impressed with. I linked with this my PC as well as my phone and switched between the two still getting around 15 hours.
Finally, with Bluetooth, I was able to get around 23 feet. This was only good when I had my phone plugged into the TV and was playing games on my sofa.
Also, I did find the controller didn’t always work on all games. Therefore, some had to be tweaked in the settings for the game itself, others just weren’t compatible with the controller at all. Though I found all the games I wanted to use it with all worked with no problem. So, I had lots of fun with games like Max Payne, GTA and emulators.
It’s great to have in your bag ready to go, it also opens up a huge library of game and makes them even easier to play. Finally, check out our other gaming reviews.