Fling Game Controller Coming Soon to iPad
Ten One Design
is currently taking preorders for their new “Tactile Game Controller for iPad.” Fling
game controllers will set you back $25 for one or $38 for a 2-pack. If you’ve ever wanted a real game controller to use with an iPad, then this may be what you’ve been looking for.
The controller is made of high-grade resin and attaches to the iPad with a pair of suction cups. It has been designed so players will feel like they’re using a regular game controller with their iPad and it even centers itself when you release it. The device uses a spiral shape to give players tactile feedback and the center of the ring uses an electrically conductive material that the iPad can pick up on. Games that use virtual joysticks will benefit most from this device. Some games are better suited for Fling than others of course.
Touch Arcade got a preproduction test unit and tried it out with a variety of games. Super Mega Worm uses a virtual joystick and adding a Fling game controller to it just made the game that much more enjoyable to play. When playing N.O.V.A 2 they commented, “I almost felt like I was cheating in N.O.V.A. 2 HD [$6.99] my overall accuracy improved so much. It's really incredible just how much of a difference it makes, almost making N.O.V.A. 2 feel like an XBOX game with a real controller.”
Unfortunately, Fling is too large to fit on an iPhone or iPod Touch as it would block too much of the screen to be enjoyable. Hopefully, Ten One Design will be able to come up with a smaller version of Fling for the iPhone in the near future.
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