With Microsoft aggressively moving into the mobile gaming segment with its cloud streaming service, this opens the door to new peripherals that can make this experience more enjoyable. Last year, we saw a couple of different vendors join the conversation, and today, Otterbox is joining the party.
At a high level, the company announced a new clip that attaches to your controller, a carrying case, a controller shell, a phone case, and a privacy guard (screen overlay). All of these accessories are specifically targeted at mobile gamers and more heavily towards those familiar with Xbox hardware.
The gaming clip is likely to be one of the more interesting announcements as the peripheral is well-designed when compared to the cheap clips you can find on Amazon. The clip will hold the phone up above the controller which helps with balance, it also folds flat-ish for easier mobility, and has rubber grippers that the company says will not interfere with any buttons on your phone.
The clip has an MSRP of $29.95 with pre-orders opening on January 25thand availability in mid-February.
The “Easy Grip Controller” shell is exactly as the name suggests, a shell that goes over your Xbox controller to help protect it from scuffs and keep it clean. The rubber-like material is antimicrobial and features swappable grip pads that can help keep the controller grippy when you rage after being shot by the DMR in COD Warzone that really needs a nerf.
Anyways, this looks to be an easy way to add some grip to your Xbox controller and makes it easy to clean as well. But the price may be a bit inhibitive as this peripheral will set you back $39.95 when it goes on sale next month.
The other peripheral that may be of interest is the gaming carrying case. Similar to what ships with the Elite Series 2, this case can hold your standard Xbox controller (along with all of the Otterbox accessories) with an opening for passthrough to charge your controller, it’s water-resistant, and really is an easy way to carry your Xbox accessories around besides chucking them into the bottom of a bag.
Like the other accessories, this will start shipping next month with an MSRP of $49.95
And as you would expect from Otterbox, they have a mobile phone case that is designed for gamers. The company claims that it can help with heat dissipation, has the legendary Otterbox drop performance, and weirdly, is optimized for 5G – whatever that means.
Ottoerbox has an established name in the phone-case segment but it will be interesting to see if the company can pivot that brand-power to attract mobile gamers. It’s not a stretch to think that they have the ability to do this but candidly, the pricing of these accessories may be off-putting.
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