This tiny controller could be massive for mobile gaming

Just 24g and 72mm wide, the 8BitDo Micro Controller is truly pocket-sized

8BitDo Micro
(Image credit: 8BitDo)

Gaming accessory company 8BitDo has introduced the cutest, dinkiest controller we've seen in a long while and it couldn't be better received around these parts. The 8BitDo Micro is a tiny gamepad that's perfectly suited for portable use and could solve an issue we've had with mobile gaming.

The rapid rise of the genre has been nothing short of epic, with modern phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro being capable of running games we'd previously only seen on powerful home consoles. And, with the likes of Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now available on Android and iOS devices, the bar for top-notch gameplay has never been higher.

However, our beef with triple-A gaming on mobile devices is that on-screen touch controls are hopeless. Try split second braking on Forza Horizon 5 when you can't even see the button to press or, if you have larger hands, the corner itself and you'll get what we mean.

That's why some form of physical controller is a must. There are some great clip-on accessories out there, such as the Backbone One, which turns your phone into a Nintendo Switch-style handset, but what if you're playing on an iPad or Android tablet? And, it's not practical to carry around a full-fledged wireless gamepad all the time.

That's where the 8BitDo Micro comes in. The Bluetooth controller measures just 72 x 40.7 x 14.1mm and weighs just 24.8g, yet manages to cram 16 mappable buttons into its tiny form factor.

8BitDo Micro Bluetooth controller

8BitDo Micro Bluetooth controller

8BitDo's tiny gamepad is available for $24.99 in the US, £17.99 in the UK, with blue and green colour options.

It is compatible with Android, Nintendo Switch and Raspberry Pi, with iOS and Windows support also available through the customisable "keyboard mode".

The controller has a quoted 10-hour battery life with USB-C charging and a dedicated button to switch it between modes (such as Nintendo Switch compatibility). As there's no thumbstick, it's perhaps best suited to retro games, although older gamers might be fine with the D-pad for more modern titles too.

The Micro is available in the US now, while a UK release is planned for 8 September 2023. It comes in two colours: blue and green.

Rik Henderson
News Editor

Rik is T3’s news editor, which means he looks after the news team and the up-to-the-minute coverage of all the hottest gadgets and products you’ll definitely want to read about. And, with more than 35 years of experience in tech and entertainment journalism, including editing and writing for numerous websites, magazines, and newspapers, he’s always got an eye on the next big thing.

Rik also has extensive knowledge of AV, TV streaming and smart home kit, plus just about everything to do with games since the late 80s. Prior to T3, he spent 13 years at Pocket-lint heading up its news team, and was a TV producer and presenter on such shows as Channel 4's GamesMaster, plus Sky's Games World, Game Over, and Virtual World of Sport.