A smartphone gamepad seems to be an interesting idea. And in fact, as the GameSir G5 shows, the potential is, although few errors have been avoided …
There is nothing to argue with the statement that in some game genres the use of a touch screen is not very convenient. This applies mainly to FPS or action games, but it is also much better to play on various kinds of racers or dexterity players. The field for playing is so big. The idea of a gamepad dedicated to smartphones is not new, but it is still not very popular. It is trying hard to change the Asian company GameSir , whose latest equipment – Gamepad G5 – came to our hands. GameSir G5 currently costs just over PLN 300 – you will find it among others on Ceneo and on Allegro .
Video game GameSir G5
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GameSir G5 – specification
- Number of buttons: 33;
- Supported platforms: iOS, Android;
- Weight: 240 grams;
- Battery: 800 mAh, 18 hours of work;
- Connectivity: Bluetooth.
The quality of performance on a high five
To perform GameSir G5 it is difficult to have reservations. It's a solid construction, with many useful, fully programmable buttons. It is a popular mushroom, there is a cross, we will also find a touch panel on the right side with four buttons placed on it. In addition, there are as many as 8 function buttons next to it, "Start" and "Select" buttons, as well as a button that activates the cursor that appears on the screen. Additionally, the key activating the controller, the "Mode" button and another one responsible for indicating the battery status. It is not the end. On the top edge of the gamepad you will find six more buttons, the so-called bumperów, in turn on the back of the rain – another two triggers. In total, we have here up to 33 keys . Really a lot. On the one hand, thanks to this device gives a lot of possibilities in programming buttons, on the other hand, sometimes you have the impression that the whole structure is slightly overloaded . However, considering the fact that the Google Play offer will find a lot of different games, and each player prefers a different style of play, this approach to the matter can be understood.The phone is placed in a special holder with a footprint of 85 mm – so we can easily fit the vast majority of smartphones available on the market. The handle is bent in two steps, so we can both straighten it and tilt it at an angle. An interesting fact is that after sliding one of the handles, a USB port appears to our eyes, which allows you to connect the keyboard and mouse to rain and use the smartphone as a computer. An intuitive solution, but a plus for being there. The most important thing is that the whole is far from the level of cheapness – the gamepad has been made of high quality materials and the buttons will last for a long time. And good, because for 350 PLN definitely must be required.
The battery will allow 20 hours of fun
I enjoy the use of a really sensible battery with a capacity of 800 mAh, which should be enough for nearly 20 hours of fun . That's a lot, and in addition, the gamepad copes well with energy saving – after just two minutes of non-use controller is automatically turned off, and the process of restoring to work takes only a few seconds. Fortunately, there are also no problems with connectivity via Bluetooth – this one is fast and really hassle-free.
Grams! And here comes the problem
From the technical side of the GameSir G5 it is difficult to accuse the bigger deficiencies – the game controller is to be not only nice, but above all useful , and this is unfortunately very big trouble. Big enough that in the vast majority of cases they simply mean giving up play because it's just a shame on the west.The game begins with the application dedicated to the pad – it is called GameSir World App and it's in vain to search for it on Google Play. We will find her for it on the producer's website . What's more, its installation is extremely problematic – it involves changing the browser settings from which we download the file, as well as granting many consents and permits to use the various functions of the smartphone , which you probably can not like. It is also not very interesting to place the application over others, which results in displaying it continuously in the notification bar. It's complicated and no less suspicious. If we get through the whole process, connecting it to the application is not complicated. On the other hand, it is much more difficult to run games – if in Android you only need to select previously downloaded products and add to the application database, smartphone owners on iOS will cry over the necessity to download an additional emulator and search the game database from this very non-intuitive program. Obstructing the player's life – level hard. The icing on the cake is the fact that the launch of any game involves the need to create your own profile of keys , which we will use during play. It is based on the fact that we apply tiny icons responsible for individual buttons for interface elements that we normally use during the game using the touch screen. There is nothing to hide – it is so uncomfortable that most players will probably give up this task after two minutes. Placing the icons in the right place takes ages, and in addition, any output to the menu or the appearance of an additional dialog makes that we still need to use the touch screen. Theoretically, a simplification would be a predefined key profiles, which the manufacturer praises on his website so much. The problem is that they were created only for … six games. Yes, not up to six hundred or six thousand – up to SIX games. And what's even more interesting, the pre-defined settings need to be improved anyway, because due to the different screen sizes, they do not always get into the appropriate interface elements. These six productions, which I mentioned, are unfortunately popular games especially in China – for this reason, in some of them, instead of even the English menu, we break through tons of bushes. These are games that mainly represent the MOBA genre and battle royale, and that there are plenty of clones of this type in Asia, do not expect to be lost in PUBG or Fortnite. I mean – it will be cheated, but how do you download the Chinese versions of these titles, because the European editions of these hits turn off immediately after detecting raining.
Is it worth buying GameSir G5? At this moment, rather not
It looks like a cool idea has been lost in implementation . And no, not because the GameSir G5 is a weak or badly made pad, because it's just the opposite. But what of this, since the gaming is simply not ready at the moment to use accessories known from PCs or consoles. Until the games are adapted to external controllers, buying pads will be meaningless. Nevertheless, it must be clearly emphasized that the team behind the creation of the GameSir G5 controller made several important mistakes . A small catalog of officially supported games, a non-intuitive application requiring many (rather unnecessary) permissions and changes in the settings of the smartphone effectively discourages the use of the pad. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in the introduction, the potential of this device is considerable. Maybe it will be better used over time.