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  • Signal announces the "RP One," a Full-Size Bluetooth Game Controller for iOS Devices


    The mobile accessory manufacturer, Signal, recently entered the quickly-expanding Made for iPhone game controller race recently with the RP One, a “pro style” controller that can connect to Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch via Bluetooth. The RP One sports an understated black-and-silver color scheme and takes advantage of Apple’s “extended” controller layout option with action buttons, shoulder triggers, thumbsticks and a single directional pad.

    The company states that the RP One is "the first full-scale controller designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch," indicating that the controller is closer in size to an Xbox or PlayStation unit than the smaller, more portable devices. Consumers who purchase an RP One are also said to receive a universal stand designed to prop up any of Apple’s mobile devices, even while the handset or tablet is wrapped in a cover case. Furthermore, a built-in Lithium Ion battery is said to power the RP One for up to 10 hours before the battery runs out.

    Signal is currently the second company to unveil an MFi-certified Bluetooth controller at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show after PC peripheral manufacturer SteelSeries revealed their new Stratus controller. The company said the RP One will be available in the first half of 2014 and will go for $99, which is the same suggested retail pricing chosen by the category’s other players.

    Will you be picking up an MFi-controller? If so, which one are you leaning towards?

    Source: Signal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Signal announces the "RP One," a Full-Size Bluetooth Game Controller for iOS Devices started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      Wow...that's a unique design...

      Considering a controller for a major console such as the box one can be obtained (with a rechargeable battery setup) for $75, I don't see this as a value. It's too expensive for an iPad or other mobile device. Can't you get that Ouya console with controller for$100?
    1. sevenfifths's Avatar
      sevenfifths -
      it looks exactly like a 360 controller without the big X in the middle and the D-pad and joy stick switched..
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcworship View Post
      Wow...that's a unique design...

      Considering a controller for a major console such as the box one can be obtained (with a rechargeable battery setup) for $75, I don't see this as a value. It's too expensive for an iPad or other mobile device. Can't you get that Ouya console with controller for$100?
      The only reason they can get away with the Xbox Knock Off design is because the Dpad and Analog Sticks are flipped on the left, which ruins the whole concept for me (being an Xbox player). Not to mention the price, no thanks!
    1. Paulsquaredson's Avatar
      Paulsquaredson -
      I like the fact that it runs Bluetooth unlike some controllers which plug into the charging port, but personally I don't see myself bringing my iPad and a whole controller to the DMV.
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Who the heck decided all these controllers would be $99!?! Every single one I've seen has been ~$100. I would feel guilt buying one of these for $50 - let alone 100. How/what makes these so expensive?
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      I hope blutrol is updated in cydia, then my ps3 or other Bluetooth controllers will work in ios 7. Much cheaper.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Just can't see myself buying a controller to play a game on the ipad. Apple TV on the other hand....

      As for the price, I think this is an early adopter price. If they don't see sales or realize the market doesn't like this price, they'll start dropping fast.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Seriously? Price is ridiculous and you are NOT getting what you would be paying for.