The new PowerA MOGA XP7-X Plus controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming is what you might call an "ambitious" new offering on the market, pushing the boat out to add some unique features that you wouldn't normally see. The result is a controller that's fun to use, particularly in certain circumstances, albeit with a couple of rough edges too.
Let's start with the two headline features. Firstly, the MOGA XP7-X Plus allows you to utilise a Nintendo Switch style 'Tabletop Mode' through a detachable stand, which you can place on any desk and simply slot your phone into the holder. It works well enough, with the ability to lean your phone at two different angles to suit your needs. Plus, when you're not using the controller, there's a slot in the middle where you can store the stand to carry around with you.
The other highlight of the package is a wireless power bank that's integrated into the controller, which means you can charge your phone (or more realistically, keep the battery from dying) while you play your games. The power bank is filled up when you charge the controller itself, so as long as you've got enough juice, you can simply toggle the wireless battery button to get started.
Both of these are undoubtedly nice features to have, and they're complimented by other welcome additions such as two mappable buttons on the back, and the ability to connect the controller to other devices via either Bluetooth or a USB cable. Sadly, the USB connection is micro-USB rather than USB-C, which seems a strange choice in 2022.
In terms of comfort, we're generally happy with the MOGA XP7-X Plus. The analog sticks offer a nice textured feel, while RB, LB and the face buttons are comfortable as well. RT and LT are pretty much our only real disappointments, feeling quite stiff in the fingers, so you have to fight against them a little bit. That said, you get used to it pretty quickly.
Held in the hand, the MOGA XP7-X Plus definitely has a weight to it because of the wireless power bank, and that only increases when you add a phone into the mix. Nevertheless, it's still generally comfortable to use even for long periods of time, and like we've said before, for some reason we find it more comfortable than something like a Nintendo Switch Lite... perhaps it's the bigger form factor that works well with larger hands like ours! If you prefer a smaller form factor though, it might not suit your needs quite as effectively.
All things considered, then, the PowerA MOGA XP7-X Plus is another good Xbox Cloud Gaming controller for Android and PC, complete with a couple of headline-worthy features you wouldn't normally find. There are a few downsides as well, such as the micro-USB slot, the not-so-great RT and LT buttons and the slightly heavy weight, but the positives outweigh the negatives, and we think you'll have an enjoyable time if you decide to pick this as your next dedicated xCloud or Xbox Remote Play controller.
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