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  • Tired of Using Touch Screen Controls to Play iOS Games? Try the 60Beat Gamepad!

    Make your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch feel like a game console.

    So you've decided that you like to play games on iOS, but there are many games out there that have terrible touch controls. You hate those darn touch controls so much that you decided to delete the game that you paid a lot of money for. Well, no more. Now you can play games with bad touch controls easily with the new 60Beat Gamepad which is a portable console-shaped controller which plugs into the headphone jack of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and really works as a fully functional game controller. I think it's amazing that it works through the headphone jack with a cable that is four feet long - that makes it unobtrusive so that you can keep charging your device even when gaming. Here is a video demonstration of the device:



    As you can see, the controller actually takes over the controls for the game. The touch controls actually disappear from the screen and the 60Beat Gamepad replaces the touch controls for a feeling that most of us are already used to. Since the touch controls disappear, more of your screen is dedicated to game-play instead of controls. While lugging around a controller might seem uncanny, it's not too large and not too heavy at only 5.5 ounces and six inches being its largest dimension. You can simply pack it away in a purse, backpack, or anywhere that it will fit and bring it around without noticing it's there until you're ready to use it.

    The controller comes in at a hefty $49.99; a pretty steep price for an accessory, but if you think about it, countless cases come in costing more than that and this device does more than the cases do. It has dual analog sticks, directional buttons, and controller buttons, as well as buttons under your index fingers. Also, there's a slight prerequisite, games need to be written with support for the device - meaning not all games work with it out of the box. Currently, only two games support the 60Beat Gamepad; Bugdom 2 and Aftermath. 60Beta claims that countless more games will gain support for the device in February 2012 and that these two games were used in testing for the device.

    Right now, I can think of many games that could be beneficial with a device like this. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is a great first person shooter for iOS with awesome graphics and game-play, but one thing that a lot of people can agree on is that the touch controls are a little bit tricky on that little screen. This 60Beta Gamepad could help us feel like we're playing true console-quality games on iOS in addition to the fact that the new A5 processor comes with a GPU (graphics processing unit) capable of rendering graphics seven to eight times faster than previous devices.

    All in all, I think I might have to try this thing out. If we don't like it we can just return it right? What do you think about the 60Beta Gamepad? Share in the comments.
    This article was tipped by Modmyi reader BenderRodriguez.

    Sources: 60Beat
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Tired of Using Touch Screen Controls to Play iOS Games? Try the 60Beat Gamepad! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      This is pretty cool. Needs support for infinity Blade i&ii, FIFA 12, Madden 12, COD, etc
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Would be nice for zombies.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Wonder if this would work with a headphone splitter so that we could still get sound.... This thing paired with the Digital AV hdmi hookup for the tv would be amazing!
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      This is pretty cool. Needs support for infinity Blade i&ii, FIFA 12, Madden 12, COD, etc
      How would you play Infinity Blade with an analog controller?
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      This needs support for racing games and GTAIII
    1. dancooper93's Avatar
      dancooper93 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      This is pretty cool. Needs support for infinity Blade i&ii, FIFA 12, Madden 12, COD, etc
      GTA 3 too!
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      How would you play Infinity Blade with an analog controller?
      Good point lol

      But what a great product once more games use this I will grab one!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      How would you play Infinity Blade with an analog controller?
      Right...my bad.
    1. CMartins's Avatar
      CMartins -
      Quote Originally Posted by dancooper93 View Post
      GTA 3 too!
      This.
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Yes, touch screen control suck on games like modern combat.
    1. asma123's Avatar
      asma123 -
      gta 3 would be awesome.

      if only there was a stand on the actual controller that you can mount your device it would be 10x better.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Hey nice you reported on what I sent u thanks

      Quote Originally Posted by asma123 View Post
      gta 3 would be awesome.

      if only there was a stand on the actual controller that you can mount your device it would be 10x better.
      You mean like the old game boy advance had but it was different with the fact that it have more battery and only hand holds, no controls
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      That's pretty cool but I'll have to wait and see what games will support it in the future before I decide to buy one. I can think of many games it would be good for though.
    1. puissance000's Avatar
      puissance000 -
      That's pretty cool! Can i have one?
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      Simply put....I want one.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      wow, I cant believe this is news for you guys. Ive been able to use any game controller, wirelessly from my Galaxy Tab 10.1 for nearly 6 months now.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      wow, I cant believe this is news for you guys. Ive been able to use any game controller, wirelessly from my Galaxy Tab 10.1 for nearly 6 months now.
      Cool. I'd prefer actually having more games to play though, which is where the Apple App Store shines.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jongarrett View Post
      wow, i cant believe this is news for you guys. Ive been able to use any game controller, wirelessly from my galaxy tab 10.1 for nearly 6 months now.
      ***Cough*** ^^^Fandroid troll^^^ ***Cough***

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Cool. I'd prefer actually having more games to play though, which is where the Apple App Store shines.
      Agreed.
    1. DnBKiD521's Avatar
      DnBKiD521 -
      Quote Originally Posted by r.mortera View Post
      would be nice for zombies.
      +1. Braaaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnsss!
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Not very practical and there isn't nearly enough games to be worth it. OnLive's streaming games and WIRELESS controller seems like a better idea. Real console games are streamed and able to play on your ipad/iphone/android over wifi AND 3G. I think it was supposed to be approved by apple dec. 7, but I don't think it has yet... we will see.