From the moment I started playing Call of Duty: Mobile, I have been dying to play it with a controller. I’ve been a long time fan ever since the Xbox 360 days and it’s the perfect way to replicate that authentic console feel anytime, anywhere. So, after weighing up the pros and cons, I decided to get the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller (DS4).
As I mentioned before, using a DS4 on Android device is problematic, to say the least, and I did manage to get it working properly enough that I could play some games but, after a full week using it to play Call of Duty: Mobile, I’m sad to say I will be returning it to make an exchange and pick up the Xbox One controller.
Trust me, it wasn’t an easy decision to make, especially when I think about how long I waited to get my hands on a premium gaming controller like this. The hassle of connecting this controller has simply started to put me off playing the game altogether and that’s the opposite effect I was hoping for.
So, let me break down why I’m returning my DualShock 4 controller and why it’s no good for playing Call of Duty: Mobile, but first…
Why Get A Controller In The First Place?
The truth is, most mobile games these days, even first-person shooters, are optimized for touch-screen devices like tablets and smartphones. A mobile gaming controller is an afterthought when it games to game design and using one doesn’t give you any competitive advantage so, why use a controller in the first
It all comes down to personal preference. I started playing Call of Duty: Mobile on a touch screen device and was able to reach Legendary Rank in Battle Royale without the need for a controller. The truth is, I just feel a lot more comfortable playing any game with a controller whether it be on mobile, console, or even PC.
So, my real goal was to have a good all-rounder. A controller that I could use across multiple platforms, on multiple devices, and for multiple games, with the most important game being Call of Duty: Mobile. After spending a few days contemplating which controller I would choose, I went with PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller.
So What Happened?
The Good Stuff
Let’s start with what I liked about the controller because there was a lot that initially impressed me when I first took it out of the box. Sony is one of the industry leaders when it comes to console gaming and it’s no surprise that the DualShock 4 is one of the most well-made premium controllers you can get.
I mean seriously, it’s built like a Lamborghini and everything about it just feels like you’re ready to take your mobile gaming experience to the next level. It’s quick to charge and can even be used while attached to a normal USB charger that comes with most android devices.
Even connecting it to my computer was a breeze whether it was connected by USB or Bluetooth. I play a lot of games on Steam and it was instantly able to recognize that I had a PlayStation 4 controller connected and I was able to use it for all the first-person shooter games in my Steam Library like Borderlands 2 and Left 4 Dead.
When it comes to Call of Duty: Mobile, it was exactly what I had been looking for. My accuracy took a knock while I was getting used to the analog sticks but everything else, like running, jumping, shooting, looting, and switching weapons could be done with ease and without hesitation now that I had physical buttons to press.
The Bad Stuff
Well, let me put it to you this way. Trying to connect a DualShock 4 controller to an Android device is like asking 2 kids to be friends when, for some reason, don’t like each other all that much but they going to do it anyway just because you the adult and you told them they better do it.
There were moments where it would say that the controller was connected but wouldn’t let me input any commands so pushing the buttons didn’t do anything. And, when I tried to disconnect it and try again, my phone would freeze and stop me from turning off the Bluetooth or take a century to finally un-pair.
Then, once I was able to connect again and control my device with the DualShock 4, I was met with the most intense input lag I have ever felt. My button presses would take an eternity to register and the actions on-screen would always be delayed and, in a fast-paced game like Call of Duty: Mobile, that’s a serious problem.
I would tap the analog stick and watch my character do a full 360° spin because it couldn’t register that I had let go of the analog stick. The only solution was to download an app called Bluetooth Auto Connect which stabilized the connection enough for me to enjoy using my DS4 for a few games but that lasted until my controller was turned off or disconnected.
So I had to re-install the app, Every. Single. Time. I wanted to play Call of Duty: Mobile and that entire procedure would often dissuade me from playing the game altogether. Which is the exact opposite of why I wanted to get a controller in the first place!
DualShock 4 Is No Good!
Even though the Steam app itself could tell I had a DS4, I had to download controller mods for each game to trick them into thinking I was using an Xbox controller. So when the game asked me to press ‘A’ I had to press ‘X’ and that just sent my OCD through the roof. I should’ve gone with Xbox from the start.
The DualShock 4 for maybe a great controller on the original PlayStation console but, when it comes to mobile gaming on Android devices, it’s simply no good! I had more fun and got a much better experience playing with an iPega Ninja than I ever did use the DS4 and, if you’re an avid mobile gamer you’re better off NOT using PlayStation’s DualShock 4 at all.
Do you use a DualShock 4 to play mobile games? What are some of the experiences you’ve had using this controller? Let me know in the comments section below.