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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:

    Youtube Video

    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. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      If it were wireless it could be more then one player games

      The NEW actual gaming platform
    1. treble26's Avatar
      treble26 -
      I think this is pointless. If I want to play on a controller then I'll just play on my Xbox 360. This is just my opinion but I don't think this will sell as many units as the other bluetooth game pads already available.
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Hopefully it will support Pac-Man, DigDug, and Burger Time in the future.
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      Quote Originally Posted by treble26 View Post
      I think this is pointless. If I want to play on a controller then I'll just play on my Xbox 360. This is just my opinion but I don't think this will sell as many units as the other bluetooth game pads already available.
      True, but can you carry your xbox anywhere and play?
    1. Spiru's Avatar
      Spiru -
      Quote Originally Posted by iN2K View Post
      True, but can you carry your xbox anywhere and play?
      Yep! My 360 has been on many plane rides.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      ***Cough*** ^^^Fandroid troll^^^ ***Cough***
      Cough***^^^Apple Fanboy troll^^^***Cough***

      People can have their own opinions, And what he said is true. Android has has this compatibility for a while.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Pretty cool but... why not make PS3 controllers usable via bluetooth control and wireless. That would be very cool!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      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.
      Except, there's only 2 games that even support this thing. Android market is open, so there will be many more games for their controllers because there are no restrictions like there are on the apple app store.
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      thats pretty bad *** i think ill get one as soon as more games become compatible with it, as for now it is not feasible for me.
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      I thought about a controller for iPhone and iPod touch but something that you mount your device on it and it makes it looks like a PSP or Nintendo DS, but it's only an idea I have no resources to start this project
    1. Crosby87871's Avatar
      Crosby87871 -
      WHAT ABOUT THE MODERN COMBAT SERIES?!?!? THIS WOULD BE AMAZING IF IT WAS COMPATIBLE WITH MC1, 2, and 3!!!
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Pretty cool but... why not make PS3 controllers usable via bluetooth control and wireless. That would be very cool!
      Cause PS controls suck, dang Triangle Circle junk
      Just do freakin ABXY
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      lol dude u can love apples phone an hate apple i do it everyday they are so controlling man its annoying just my opinion and prolly gonna take a lot of heat for this but i am sick of hearing about steve jobs dying geez ppl die everyday and at the end of the day its just a phone man just saying
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      I want to know how this thing works... I'm gonna make a guess that each button is a different frequency sound and when pressed, it sends the sound to the mic input and the game recognizes it as a button press. If someone could record the sounds from the controller, anyone would be able to make one of these.

      If thats how it works, I'd have to say it's pretty ingenious.
    1. G113764's Avatar
      G113764 -
      [QUOTE=luvmytj;6349320]Pretty cool but... why not make PS3 controllers usable via bluetooth control and wireless. That would be very cool!

      Been begging for this for a while. You could still use your headphones and charger while gaming. The games would be seriously limited in terms of AI, but could be 100x more challenging and fun. Especially 2D Fighters.