TouchArcade goes full hands-on with the Upcoming Moga Rebel controller, and provides a great video and some interesting impressions of using the controller.
Jared from TouchArcade says:
As you can see, the Rebel mostly resembles an Xbox controller, with its offset dual-analog sticks and button arrangement. In terms of build quality the Rebel feels quite solid, though it still doesn’t feel as solid as an actual 1st-party controller from an Xbox or PlayStation. It feels lighter than either of those, and has more of a plasticky feel, but it still feels like a well-built piece of equipment. The buttons have a nice clicky feel, and the L and R analog triggers feel especially good in terms of resistance and springiness. The two analog sticks also feel great, though they’re a bit looser than I prefer.
[…] Overall, my impressions after yesterday’s demo and my own time playing around with a review unit last night is that this is far and away the best full-sized MFi controller on market. Now, there’s not a ton of competition in that area, and there are a few negatives to the Rebel. Obviously pricing is an issue as it is with every MFi controller, and at $79.99, while the Rebel definitely does feel like a well-built piece of hardware, it still doesn’t feel like something that costs $79.99. Also, as much as I love the flip-out arm to hold my device, it doesn’t flip all the way back, and the angle at which it stops feels a bit too forward for my taste. That’s a very minor problem though, and one I’m quickly getting used to.
Lots to digest here. Seems like while the Rebel isn’t perfect, it should come the closest of any so far to fulfilling most people’s needs in an MFi controller.
Also noteworthy is the impressions of the Moga World App, which should be launching alongside the Rebel. The app provides a limited catalog of MFi controller compatible games, shows an overview of button layout and sensitivity, and should allow for firmware updates in the future to improve the Rebel controller.
Razer has done something similar for their upcoming Junglecat, with the notable addition of allowing for customizable button sensitivity. Here’s hoping MOGA incorporates something like that as well.
I’ll be posting my own impressions of the Rebel as soon the review unit gets here, and I’m planning on getting and exhaustive review up as soon as possible. Stay tuned.