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Third party gaming accessory giant Mad Catz showed off a fancy new controller at CES 2015, and it costs $300.

For three Benjamins, buyers will be get The L.Y.N.X., a controller that shape shifts into several different forms, and connects with PC and Android phones/tablets via Bluetooth..

L.Y.N.X. comes with a number of accessories and features. The controller L.Y.N.X. chassis folds for easy storage and travel. The body  can split into three separate pieces. It also features “mouse-like” control via  an OFN Sensor. L.Y.N.X. also features two inner handles for extra grip and volume. A full QWERTY keyboard layout comes from its keyboard module. The keyboard module clots into theL.Y.N.X. handheld. The full keyboard could be used for in-game messaging and web surfing.

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A smart phone clip comes included to mount your phone into the center for gaming.  An included tablet frame also performs the same functionality for tablets, turning the whole package into something similar looking to the Razor Edge Pro or a Wii U gamepad. The tablet frame doubles as a stand. The L.Y.N.X. comes with a travel pouch to  protect the accessory during trips.

L.Y.N.X.is bundled with Mad Catz “PlayBig” cable setup that displays your phone or tablet on your big screen, letting you play Android games on the TV, or browse Facebook in 4K I suppose. The L.Y.N.X. controller also comes with a built-in microphone. The microphone can be used to take calls from the couch, (useful if players are using the PlayBig feature and their phone is currently on the other side of the room.) Another use could be looking up guides or tips for the game you’re playing; Pausing the game and voice searching Google.

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The L.Y.N.X. works only with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. The L.Y.N.X. functions for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The L.Y.N.X. controllers is supported for Smart Devices by Samsung, HTC, Sony, and most other Android devices.

What do you think of the The L.Y.N.X.? Does it seem unnecessary if you already own a PS4 Bluetooth controller? Or maybe it’s the perfect fit for your tablet on your morning commute? Let us know in the comments if you think The The L.Y.N.X. is worth buying, and if so, how would you use it?


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  • Bryan Heraghty

    Personally I just don’t play too many games on tablets and phones that I could ever justify a $300 controller.

  • Ben Kuyt

    I love crazy looking stuff, but damn does this look stupid. Reminds me of the PS3 concept horseshoe controller.

  • Bryan Heraghty

    They should release that for the 20th anniversary of PS3, assuming we even use controllers at that point.

  • coboney

    I honestly think that the keyboard part at least should be shown to Valve for the Steam Machine and such. I think the whole pull apart thing is really stupid but the keyboard could be interesting

  • Mighty No. 56008

    I know some of us think that using tablets as our “consoles” will eventually be the future of gaming, but not like this. Especially when the price tag is almost as much as a PS4 or XBONE.

  • Cerxi

    I just can’t get comfortable using controllers with the joysticks on the inner side. Nintendo, to my knowledge, is the only company that put them on the outside where I like them.

  • DukeMagus

    could work for cellphone/tablet emulators

  • Guest

    Hey, this IS madcatz afterall. They have a reputation to hold up.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    If this could fit the Surface Pro, and the variety of Win 8 Atom tablets, then I see a lot of use between this and Steam streaming, but at that price I’d expect exceptional build quality and sleeves for grip for those adjustable handles, at a minimum. I expect that the price will fall dramatically to be honest

  • Daniel Pina

    This is great. I own an iPega 9023 controller which is also an extending controller for smartphones/tablets and it works great with Steam In-Home Streaming.

    But $300? That’s twice the price of a decent Windows 8.1 tablet. It’s ridiculous.

  • Nick

    the expand-ability to fit the tablet inside of the controller seems like a horrible design choice. You really want to try and hold like 2lbs of weight between your hands like that?

  • Fenrir007

    Lemme ask you something. Did you manage to make your iPega work on kitkat? If so, how did you do it? Mine is driving me insane.

  • Fenrir007

    I don’t trust madcatz enough on their build quality to drop off $300 on this.

  • Daniel Pina

    It works with both my JB tablet and KK smartphone. You have to use Y-mode (turn on the using Y+Start).
    It seemingly works on the games that use Android’s default gamepad mode (which has been there since Gingerbread, I believe), which unfortunately aren’t many. From the top of my head, I remember GTA 3 and Dead Trigger work fine. Gameloft games and Ravensword 2 don’t seem to work.
    OTOH MOGA controllers for example use a custom wrapper that supports a lot more games than Android’s own embedded gamepad.
    Which is really stupid and one of the biggest reasons why Android is very crappy for more games with higher budget and tier.

  • Fenrir007

    All I wanted was to play emulators with it. But I got a load of problems with it, from not working to working but disconnectring.

    Do you use the ipega software or did you just connect it and went from there?

  • Daniel Pina

    There’s an ipega app? Where?
    Mine doesn’t disconnect unless I don’t press any buttons/sticks for 5 minutes or so.

  • Fenrir007

    I think its in the app store. Check out the comment section in dealextreme for their ipega controllers. They give the link there.

    If its working without it, I suggestr you don’t even use it. I have seen a fair share of people wrestling with it on XDA, myself included.