One issue I’ve had with Android superphones, with their dual cores and their gigawhats, is that there just isn’t much of a use for them. Android apps are mostly made for the lowest common denominator, hardware-wise, and aside from a few 3D games and cool (but impractical) HD video playback, you can’t really use those extra cycles for anything without really diving into device customization. We know that these phones have the chops to run Playstation-level games at least — now if only we could use our Playstation controllers! Oh, we can now?
Yes, Sixaxis Controller lets you use your wireless PS3 controllers with your Android phone or tablet, making your new Galaxy Tab or Xoom an emulation paradise. Well, let’s not overstate the case: PCs will always be top dog in that field, but this does make the tablet platform a bit more exciting for gamers.
Unfortunately, you must have root access to make this app work, so it’s not quite the plug-and-play solution I’d like. The controllers need to be paired over USB, after which time you can have up to four controllers going at once. X-Men Arcade, anyone? Analog isn’t supported yet, so keep that in mind if you want to try your hand at Mario 64 or the like.
You can download the app in the Android Market, but be sure to check if your device is compatible first by using the compatibility checker app.