You’ve purchased your Asus ROG Cellphone 2, and now you wish to take advantage of out of its unimaginable gaming capacity. Asus sells a surprisingly giant variety of equipment to make the ROG Cellphone 2 an amazing gaming companion, however they don’t come low cost, so which of them do you have to get first?
We’ve tried out all of the equipment for the ROG Cellphone 2, to see which of them are price your funding.
Video games come first
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Earlier than entering into the equipment, what concerning the video games? All the very best Android video games accessible from Google Play (and out of doors, in case you’re a Fortnite participant) will work on the ROG Cellphone 2, however some are specifically developed to make the most of the cellphone’s and software program options. Earlier than shopping for equipment, ensure you’re going to play the best video games.
Asus has an inventory of video games that assist the 120Hz display screen, leading to a formidable 120-frames-per-second gameplay. It’s not an exhaustive checklist, however there’s loads to be occurring with. Notably, Fortnite and PUBG Cellular are lacking, and are caught at 60fps by default. If the sport you play isn’t on the checklist, don’t be too saddened, the ROG Cellphone 2’s 120Hz display screen will nonetheless make video games working at 60fps or 30fps look higher than on telephones with a lesser show.
Different video games include particular in-game goodies, together with Asphalt 9, Rockman X Dive, and Shadowgun Legends. Moreover, these three could be performed utilizing the Kunai controller, the TwinView Dock, or within the case of Shadowgun and Rockman, each are supported.
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No, this gained’t make you play video games higher, however it would assist your cellphone survive a brief fall, and it appears to be like superior too. The case slips on over the again of the cellphone and covers the highest and backside of the gadget, leaving the perimeters open. Clip it on, and the ROG Cellphone 2 applies a particular theme on the gadget, whereas on the again the RGB lighting shines by the Republic of Avid gamers brand. Even the digital camera flash unit lights up in matching colours.
Kunai Controller – $150
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That is the add-on if you wish to remodel your ROG Cellphone 2 from a cellphone to a conveyable video games console with bodily controls. As soon as related, it appears to be like a little bit like a Nintendo Change, and you may even take away the controllers and use them wirelessly too. The cellphone matches right into a flimsy skeleton-like body and hyperlinks to the controllers by the USB Kind-C connector. There’s no lag when the cellphone and Kunai controller are related this fashion.
Video games that assist the Kunai controller natively are restricted in the mean time. Asphalt 9: Legends is one which does, and it’s enjoyable to play this fashion. It feels extra like a real gaming expertise than utilizing the touchscreen, and with TouchDrive energetic, it’s extra satisfying to play too. Nonetheless, if you use the Kunai with video games that don’t assist, you could run into issues.
Most video games with touchscreen controls could be configured to make use of the Kunai, utilizing a key mapping choice from the slide-in menu. It’s a little bit complicated to make use of at first, however when you’ve labored out repair the controls it’s straightforward to configure video games. Nonetheless, your expertise enjoying the video games will differ. For instance, R-Kind doesn’t reply nicely to the analog joystick, and enjoying the sport with the touchscreen is way simpler.
Should you play Asphalt or Shadowgun Legends, then you’ll get essentially the most profit from the Kunai controller. If not, then you could wish to wait and see what different video games are developed with native assist earlier than leaping on one. Out of all of the equipment, that is in all probability the one which’s most versatile, and extra folks will discover a use for it on account of its performance not being restricted to at least one or two video games.
An costly accent, the TwinView dock remains to be a extremely attention-grabbing addition to the ROG Cellphone 2. It has its personal 6.59-inch, 120Hz touchscreen, a second huge 5,000mAh battery, and a built-in fan to maintain the cellphone cool. Just like the Kunai controller, recreation assist is restricted to Asphalt 9 and Shadowgun Legends; however the expertise is de facto wonderful. Contact controls are remoted on the cellphone display screen, whereas gameplay is proven on the TwinView Dock 2’s display screen.
With no recreation enjoying, the second display screen can play YouTube movies, or present any content material from apps put in on the ROG Cellphone 2, whilst you do separate duties on the cellphone’s display screen. You’re restricted solely by the flexibility to point out apps in panorama orientation. You don’t have to fret about battery drain both, as the interior cell retains your cellphone topped up. It is available in its personal zip-up carry case too.
Whereas it’s a enjoyable accent, the value could be very excessive, and with solely restricted recreation assist in the mean time it’s powerful to suggest the TwinView Dock 2 to anybody that doesn’t play supported titles.
The ultimate piece of the ROG Cellphone 2 gaming puzzle we suggest is the WiGig Show Dock, which turns your cellphone right into a video games console that’s playable in your tv. Use an HDMI cable to attach the dock to your TV, after which by a massively quick 60Ghz Wi-Fi hyperlink to your cellphone, all of your video games could be performed on the massive display screen. It’s actually easy to make use of as nicely and could be up-and-running inside a couple of minutes. Use the ROG Cellphone 2 and there’s no further setup, and that’s a giant profit.
Asus guarantees zero-latency (or no less than, beneath 20 milliseconds), and I by no means observed any when enjoying a collection of video games. It’s finest when paired with the Kunai controller for a extra tactile recreation console-style expertise, but it surely’s acceptable with the touchscreen too. Nonetheless, it’s ideally suited to enjoying panorama video games, moderately than vertically scrolling or portrait orientation video games.
When you’ll get the very best from the ROG Cellphone 2 paired with the WiGig Show Dock, it would truly work with any smartphone, growing its usefulness within the residence. At $330 it’s not low cost, and it does face competitors from conventional video games consoles and providers like Google Stadia and Apple Arcade. Nonetheless, in case you actually are invested in cellular gaming to the purpose the place you wish to see it on a bigger show, that is a simple, quick method to do it.
Even in case you solely select one accent for the ROG Cellphone 2 — and we’d suggest the Kunai controller in case you’re solely going to purchase one — it does assist make it a extra diverse, extra fulfilling gaming gadget. Have enjoyable!