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  • iControlPad Finally Available, Turns iPhone Into Unholy GameGear Gamboy Lovechild



    Three years of development later the iControlPad's promise of turning your iPhone into a competent gaming device has finally been realized. Sort of.

    The product is finally shipping, and doesn't require the suction-cup joysticks that take up half the screen to improve your gaming abilities. Rather, the device looks like the product of some hot Gameboy on GameGear action. The device adds two joysticks, a directional pad, start and select buttons, as well as four face buttons. All of this connects to your iPhone, and other compatible devices (the devices is modifiable and can house varying sizes of phones0 via bluetooth, and therein is the problem.

    Apple restricts third party developers from using bluetooth to enable the proper actions needed for the joysticks to function. However, Jailbroken users need not fret, they can utilize all of the glorious gaming functions he device offers, if they want to fork over $69.99 for the device.

    Source: TouchArcade
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iControlPad Finally Available, Turns iPhone Into Unholy GameGear Gamboy Lovechild started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      i wanted to just dive in head first with this device but i feel like i need to see some reviews i trust before making the commitment.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by jeffhesser View Post
      i wanted to just dive in head first with this device but i feel like i need to see some reviews i trust before making the commitment.
      Not only reviews...but it will probably be a while before developers put out some games to really take control of the features the control pad. Right now they're all designed to be controlled through the touch screen....not sure how that will translate to control pad controls.
    1. tequilaguru's Avatar
      tequilaguru -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      Not only reviews...but it will probably be a while before developers put out some games to really take control of the features the control pad. Right now they're all designed to be controlled through the touch screen....not sure how that will translate to control pad controls.
      This is really old news, I've had mine since march. It works really well, granted my iPhone is jb. There are some apps in the app store that support the iCP because the device is capable of emulating a bt keyboard.
    1. xykubaratinha's Avatar
      xykubaratinha -
      It's a shame that great tools are turned into toys. Actually, i was in Apple store yesterday, and for a moment I thought I was in toys r'us. I left without buying anything....
    1. snoozkewl's Avatar
      snoozkewl -
      Bluetooth? I would have really like to develop for this. But Bluetooth specs are under bigger lock and key than the dock connector specs.
      I'd like to see a company like this apply for Apple's Made for iPhone program, use the dock connector port, and provide us App Store developers a interface SDK.
      They sell controllers, we sell games.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      I can't believe how long it has taken for this thing to come out.

      It's been longer than 3 years. The manufacturers were talking about this before 2007 was over.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by tequilaguru View Post
      This is really old news, I've had mine since march. It works really well, granted my iPhone is jb. There are some apps in the app store that support the iCP because the device is capable of emulating a bt keyboard.
      Oh...I did not know that. Of course, I'm not a huge gamer so I wouldn't have known this little device was finally released. I have seen it speculated for a while now, but this is the first article I've seen announcing that it is actually available.
    1. makuay's Avatar
      makuay -
      Since this is a Bluetooth device, I assume the control pad does not plug into the charging port of the iphone. Does that mean it would work for the IPAD too?? Obviously the IPAD wouldn't fit in the display area, but could it still work while separated? Anybody know?
    1. OctopusPrime's Avatar
      OctopusPrime -
      Quote Originally Posted by makuay View Post
      Since this is a Bluetooth device, I assume the control pad does not plug into the charging port of the iphone. Does that mean it would work for the IPAD too?? Obviously the IPAD wouldn't fit in the display area, but could it still work while separated? Anybody know?

      Yes. In fact, you can get the controller itself (without the iphone attachment) for a cheaper price.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Is this compatible with any game from the AppStore? Naturally it's not needed for games that are not joystick controlled.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Don't think games will be developed for this - Apple will probably kick them off of the App Store
    1. harmycl's Avatar
      harmycl -
      Rather, the device looks like the product of some hot Gameboy on GameGear action.
      HAHAHA I couldn't think of any better words than that!
    1. TristianLyons1022's Avatar
      TristianLyons1022 -
      I agree, 69.99 is alot to ask with little or no credibility..... now, if they did like a 2 month promo at half price, with the agreement that you have to write a decent review on the product, we would be exchanging monies.
    1. spiderguy84's Avatar
      spiderguy84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TristianLyons1022 View Post
      I agree, 69.99 is alot to ask with little or no credibility..... now, if they did like a 2 month promo at half price, with the agreement that you have to write a decent review on the product, we would be exchanging monies.
      It would help things out if more research was done into the project before writing an article about it. As pointed out earlier, this has actually been out for some months. The article makes it seem like it just came out. Also, the creator has posted all the compatible apps in Cydia and emulators that work with it. Also, there are a handful of official iOS AppStore apps already available that are compatible with the iControlPad. Also, you missed the week long period earlier this month where the iControlPad was offered for just $50. So, in short, has been out for some time, has great credibility, and does have AppStore apps that it can work with.