Over the past little while there has been an increase in games on the BlackBerry 10 platform that support gamepad controllers. We're working on getting a full list of games that have that feature included but perhaps the more important part for now is actually knowing which gamepad controllers are designed to work with BlackBerry 10. Thankfully the BlackBerry developer documentation on the matter is pretty well laid out so it makes highlighting them rather easy. If you're shopping around for a controller to use but unsure of what to pick up have a look at the list below.

Bluetooth controllers

These types of controllers connect wirelessly to a BlackBerry 10 device and are compatible with the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) profile. Users can pair one of these controllers with a BlackBerry 10 device and use it as an input method for your game. Users can pair these controllers with the following BlackBerry 10 devices that are running BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.1 or later:

  • BlackBerry Z30 smartphone
  • BlackBerry Z10 smartphone
  • BlackBerry Q10 smartphone
  • BlackBerry Q5 smartphone

The following Bluetooth controllers are supported on BlackBerry 10:

  • MOGA Pro Controller - This controller closely resembles the controllers for many modern consoles. It includes a directional pad (D-pad), two analog joysticks, six face buttons (plus a power button), two shoulder buttons, and two analog triggers. It also includes a flip-up holder (the MOGA Arm) to hold a smartphone or other mobile devices. Support is also provided for the MOGA Hero Power Controller and MOGA Pro Power Controller.
  • SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller​ - This controller includes a D-pad, two analog joysticks, six face buttons, and two shoulder buttons​
  • Gametel (Partial Support) - This controller includes a D-pad, six face buttons, and two shoulder buttons. It also includes a universal adjustable holder that's used to hold a smartphone or other mobile devices. A note however, many gamepad-enabled games do not support this gamepad. Certain games require analog input, which is not supported by this controller.
  • Nintendo Wii Remote (Partial Support) - This controller is designed for use with the Nintendo Wii system, but it can also be paired with a BlackBerry 10 device. This controller includes a D-pad and six face buttons (plus a power button). Many gamepad-enabled games do not support this gamepad. Certain games require analog input, which is not supported by this controller.

USB controllers

These types of controllers connect to a BlackBerry 10 using a USB connection. To use these controllers, users must have a Micro USB OTG to USB 2.0 adapter. This adapter converts a standard USB 2.0 connection to the micro USB connection that's used by BlackBerry 10 devices. Users can connect these controllers with the following BlackBerry 10 devices that are running BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2 or later:​

  • BlackBerry Z30 smartphone

The following USB controllers are supported on BlackBerry 10:

  • Logitech Gamepad Controller - This family of controllers closely resembles the controller for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. It includes a D-pad, two analog joysticks, either seven or eight face buttons, two shoulder buttons, and two analog triggers. Support is provided for the Logitech F310 Gamepad. Support is also provided for the Logitech F710 Wireless Gamepad. This controller uses the same layout as the Logitech F310 Gamepad but includes an extra face button. It also uses a nano-receiver that connects to a USB port for wireless functionality.
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller - This controller is designed for use with the Xbox 360 console. It includes a D-pad, two analog joysticks, seven face buttons, two shoulder buttons, and two analog triggers. Support is also provided for the Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. This controller uses the same layout as the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller. It also requires a Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for wireless functionality.
  • Razer Sabertooth - This controller closely resembles the Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller. It includes a D-pad, two analog joysticks, nine face buttons, two shoulder buttons, and two analog triggers.

So those are the options that will work on BlackBerry 10 and as I mentioned, we'll be compiling a better list of games that are actually supported soon. In the meantime, if you've come across any with gamepad support then by all means, drop them below in the comments. Also, let us know if you've already been making use of the gamepad support.