GameSir G8 Galileo review: A new mobile controller contender

GameSir G8 Galileo review: A new mobile controller contender
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Written by 

Lloyd Coombes

Published 

4th Dec 2023 11:57

Mobile controllers are a dime a dozen these days, but the Razer Kishi and Backbone One have often felt like the constants in this space - and for good reason.

GameSir has been building its reputation across multiple platforms, though, and the GameSir G8 Galileo might just be my new favourite way to play the likes of Genshin Impact locally, or stream games from my PS5 without a PlayStation Portal in sight.

GGRecon Verdict

The GameSir G8 Galileo is one of my new favourite ways to play games on the go. In a crowded market, it leaves gimmicks at the door and just offers a strong, capable controller with plenty of tinkering potential.

A strong first impression

GameSir G8 Galileo controller showing front view
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Right out of the box, the Galileo makes a strong first impression, with a light grey body and NES-like purple-hued face buttons.

When it comes to the buttons on offer, you get the usual A, B, X, Y inputs, four shoulder buttons, a D-Pad, offset sticks, and Start/Select options. 

It's pretty close to an Xbox controller, and that's ideal for most, but it's also possible to pop open the chassis to switch the thumbsticks. It's a little more cumbersome than something like the Xbox Elite's hot-swappable magnetic sticks, but it's also only $80 and still feels great in the hand.

GameSir G8 Galileo controller showing removed panel
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My favourite thing, though, is the USB-C connector. I use an iPhone 15 Pro Max, meaning I need a chunky controller to fit its huge body, and while there are plenty of options, they usually make it very easy to drop your phone when attaching them.

The G8 Galileo's USB connector can move up or down, meaning it's surprisingly easy to connect my phone, to the USB-C connector. There's even plenty of clearance to stop my camera module from getting scratched. I think if I had a slightly smaller case I could probably get it to connect with a case on, too.

There's a 3.5mm jack although I didn't notice any added latency from using AirPods while playing games, and you can charge through the controller with the USB-C port on the underside.

'Appy remappy

GameSir G8 Galileo controller showing rear buttons
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You'll also find a pair of buttons on the back of the G8 Galileo, and, just like every other input, these can be customised within the GameSir app.

The app isn't much to look at, but it's impressively powerful and easy to use. Within minutes I had presets set for games not on GameSir's list of supported titles, while many of the existing layout suggestions work perfectly.

I also had fun streaming some PS5 games via remote play, although I will concede that my Wi-Fi network isn't the most stable. Still, the G8 Galileo kept up with everything, and I'm keen to try more.

Switching modes is simple; just hold the Start and View buttons for a couple of seconds and you can cycle between G-Touch mode for touchscreen games, as well as Android and PlayStation modes.

I also want to shout out the triggers. They can often feel a little flimsy on other controllers, but on the GameSir they're comfortable, with a nice amount of pull and a subtle texturing for grip.

The Verdict

The GameSir G8 Galileo is one of my new favourite ways to play games on the go. In a crowded market, it leaves gimmicks at the door and just offers a strong, capable controller with plenty of tinkering potential.

With upcoming games like The Division Resurgence, the Galileo could be a perfect pickup.

4.5/5

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Lloyd is GGRecon's Editor-in-Chief, having previously worked at Dexerto and Gfinity, and occasionally appears in The Daily Star newspaper. A big fan of loot-based games including Destiny 2 and Diablo 4, when he's not working you'll find him at the gym or trying to play Magic The Gathering.