RiotPWR ESL Game Controller | Keeps you wired and connected [Review] – G-Style Magazine
Mobile gaming has picked up over the past two years with not only apps designed specifically for your smartphones and tablets, but also the rise of cloud gaming from companies such as Sony, Amazon and of course the pack leader which is Microsoft. With all streaming, you want to have the best connection with zero latency if possible while gaming and that’s where RiotPWR comes in.
For starters, the first thing you’ll notice with this controller is its bold color scheme. RiotPWR collaborated with Pro Gaming League ESL to kick off its spring season last year. The face of the controller is basic white while the back is green. The triggers, D-Pad and part of the analog are painted yellow while black covers the remaining buttons. The controller itself is very reminiscent of an Xbox controller, so you already have one, it will feel right at home. It has a USB Type-C cable attached. At the bottom is an audio jack and a USB Type-C port to keep your device charged while playing if needed.
There’s a removable cover just above the home button that lets you attach its included phone case. It is mostly white with small yellow accents and the ESL badge is branded on it. It’s adjustable so you can position your phone in different positions, which is good.
This controller is also available for iOS with a Lightning cable
Performance / Use
The RiotPWR ESL game controller is realistic plug and play because it is wired only. No Bluetooth sync, no signal interference. Connecting it to my Google Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 provided instant connection and usability.
I evaluated the controller with various apps to see what was compatible and what was not. For starters, I tried it with PS5 Remote Play and it wouldn’t recognize it. It would display touch controls on the screen.
Using it with Xbox Remote Play and their Xbox Cloud Gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate got better results. Different games tested were Street of Rage 4, Mortal Kombat 11, Forza Horizon 4 and 5. The controls were precise and responsive which was a plus and I didn’t really notice any lag at all with my movements. Driving in Forza was smooth while button combinations in SoR4 and MK11 were smooth.
On the mobile side, I played Sonic 2, Crazy Taxi, Asphalt 8 which are downloaded from Play Store while Fortnite was from Epic Games site and of course downloaded from Play Store. Sonic 2 and Crazy Taxi which are well-played Sega games in addition to Sonic 2 keeping the screen analogs on screen. I also downloaded Street Fighter IV CE but didn’t recognize it at all. Fortnite gave no issues which never appear on any device. I tested all of this through my Pixel 6 Pro.
The RiotPWR ESL controller performs very well in terms of gameplay. I’m not a huge fan of its D-Pad as it’s just too smooth and can be a bit noisy and clicky.
RiotPWR advertises an app called Ludu Mapp which is supposed to direct you to games that support the controller. I managed to grab some of those mobile games from there but funny enough SF4 CE didn’t work and I wish the app would launch a game if you already downloaded it instead of taking you on the Play Store.
Over the past few weeks I can say that the RiotPWR ESL controller has defined what it wants to do and that is keep you connected. No lag, no latency and this is especially important when gaming, especially streaming. It can be considered a bit expensive with its price tag of $70. You should feel right at home if you’re an Xbox user already, I’d love to see them style them close to PlayStation controllers if possible.