Over the past few months, mobile gaming has gotten a brand new hot game – Genshin Impact. I played that game with a few smartphones – including gaming smartphones – and the experience was dreadful because of its touchscreen controls. I just don’t think that it’s feasible to be played via a touchscreen – especially while trying to do precise aiming with an archer.
Then the GameSir X2 Type-C dropped by the office. It’s like a controller that wraps on your phone. While this idea is not new, we were surprised by how good the hardware and also the software is. The latter is a little wonky, but when it works – it’s amazing.
I highly recommend you watch the video because many things are better to be conveyed through video.
Now, the GameSir X2 Type-C comes with the fantastic build quality and amazing joysticks. They’re supremely smooth yet linear in terms of tensile strength, yet the joystick height is well-made thanks to the overall controller’s size.
The GameSir X2 Type-C also reminds me of the Nintendo Switch because all of the button positions are identical. Even the joystick color is reminiscent of the neon color scheme – red on the left and blue on the right.
And as the name suggests, the GameSir X2 Type-C plugs into your phone via the USB-C port. It’s able to rotate either inward or outward so that you can plug your phone into the USB-C port first, then stretch the GameSir X2 Type-C to catch the phone.
There is also another USB-C port at the bottom left-hand side which is made for charging your phone. This is useful if you want to play games while charging the phone. I also tried plugging it into my PC but it doesn’t work.
Now, the software. I said that the software is wonky – and that’s because there are two versions of the GameSir World app. The first version is in the Google Play Store, and another one is over at Github.
The Google Play Store version has gotten really bad reviews and customers claim that their controllers don’t work with the app. And our experience is the same as well. In the end, we had to download the Github version to update the GameSir X2 Type-C, then uninstall it because Google Play Protect is nagging us to remove it, then we redownloaded the Google Play Store version – and finally, it worked.
And when the GameSir World app works, it works fantastically. We were able to play COD Mobile, PUBG Mobile, and also Genshin Impact via the GameSir X2 Type-C without ever touching the screen. Controls are precise and had unnoticeable latency.
The best part about the software is how easy it is to map each and every key to do something on the screen. It’s really intuitive and there is also an option to map two-button combinations to do something on the screen too! Its possibilities are really endless.
And by pressing the G+Home button, you can change it back to native gamepad mode – so that we can play games that already natively support gamepads or maybe to use it for Steam Link. Yes, it works seamlessly with those apps as well.
All in all, the GameSir X2 Type-C is an impressive accessory to take mobile gaming into the next level – and the price is rather decent too. You can get the GameSir X2 Type-C for about RM288, but I did found out some sellers are selling it for about RM238 or about that range instead.
The closest competitor – which I’m sure many people have realized its resemblance – is the Razer Kishi. One thing I did realize is that the Razer Kishi doesn’t have the app or ability to remap the buttons for screen touches. This is a huge win for the GameSir X2 Type-C because many games do not support gamepads – like Genshin Impact.
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