Sunday, 21 July 2013 13:15

PAXAus: MOGA modifies Australian rollout


MOGA, the makers of devices that turn your Android phone or tablet into a fully-fledged hand-held gaming device, are coming to Australia. Iin fact, the MOGA Pocket is on sale at PAXAus as I write.  However, there has been some modification for the planned rollout in Aus.

Originally we reported on the planned Australian release of the MOGA franchise.  At PAXAus, the gamer’s festival currently underway in Melbourne we got the chance to go hands on with the controller and speak directly to MOGA Developer Relations manager Mike Sindona.

The MOGA hand-held controllers are easy to set up, download the Pivot app from Google Play, which will enable better management of your MOGA enhanced titles.  Dock your device in the expandable cradle.  Bluetooth pair your controller with your docked device and you are ready to play.

140 MOGA enhanced games are officially available now and maintained easily in Pivot.  Off the record, there are emulators with MOGA code that give access to hundreds of retro games – such as SNES and other popular classic consoles  - as well.

Sindona’s job is to spot new great games out there, and work with the developers of those games to enhance the supporting code for the MOGA devices.  “It is a great way for developers to get their name out there, “ says Sindona “We provide developer support and have found the average development time for a game to gain MOGA compatibility is 1 to 2 days the first time.  The second and subsequent times it is more like two hours.”

Development tool Unity, which provides the framework for so many games on the market today, now has a simple MOGA plugin which will improve developer support from now on.

The MOGA pocket and pro have been available in the US, through 7000 outlets since October last year, as of August 21st the Pocket will hit Australian retail through EB Games and Target stores.

With the larger cousin of the MOGA Pocket, the MOGA Pro the company is taking a more wait-and-see approach.  Our previous report stated the costs at AUD$59.00 for the Pocket (which it is selling for here at PAXAus) and AU$79.00 for the Pro.  Those wanting the ‘larger’ experience of the Pro in Australia will have to wait for a further announcement.

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