Jio Game Controller: 5 things to know about Jio’s first gaming accessory

Jio has launched a new type of product, which is neither a feature phone nor a smartphone. Instead, it’s a game controller that you can use with tablets, TVs, and phones. Here are five facts you need to know about the Jio game controller.

Price, EMI and Availability

The Jio game controller is priced at Rs 3,499. For some contexts, the official Xbox One controller is also priced at Rs 3,499 while that for Xbox Series X costs Rs 4,199. Various editions of Sony PS5 and PS4 controllers cost meanwhile about Rs 4000 and Rs 5000.

The Jio game controller, however, comes with an EMI option. Jio has partnered with various banks to offer EMI options starting at Rs 164 with various credit cards (no debit cards for now).

Xbox Layout

The Jio game controller also follows the Xbox(y) command layout. This means that the left analog stick is placed above the four directional buttons on the left. In the Sony PlayStation-style layout, this analog stick on the left sits below the directional buttons, giving the controller a symmetrical look, unlike the Xbox layout.

The popular Xbox layout among gamers is also offered by many other companies that make gaming accessories like Redgear and Cosmic Byte.

20 button layout

The controller comes with a 20 button layout, similar to the Xbox controller. This includes two shoulder keys on the left, two on the right, a Jio button in the middle with a select and start button on either side. There is also a back key, home key, and TV key at the bottom of the controller.

Then there’s the right analog stick, left analog stick, four directional buttons on the left, and four action buttons on the right. Note that the directional buttons under the left analog stick are 8-way directional buttons, not 4-way.

Features and battery life

As a wireless controller, the Jio gamepad can be used up to a distance of 10 meters and connect to devices via Bluetooth 4.1, a very outdated Bluetooth standard. Jio also claims the device offers low latency (the lag between gamers pressing a button and the game responding to it) and eight hours of battery life, though actual usage stats may differ.

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The controller also charges through a MicroUSB port and not a USB Type-C port, so you might need to keep a spare cable to charge the controller. There also doesn’t seem to be any mention of a wireless dongle for the USB ports, so Bluetooth tethering is your only option here.

Compatibility

Jio suggests on its website that the game controller is compatible with Android smartphones and tablets, Android TV and Jio set-top box. Due to Bluetooth connectivity limitation and no wireless or USB Type-C dongle, Jio Game Controller probably won’t be compatible with PCs, Laptops and Consoles.

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