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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...
07-22-2011, 07:29 AM #1
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 phones) 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. Very few apps support all the peripheral's functions, eight in fact, which can be found on the companies website. However, Jailbroken users need not fret, they can utilize all of the glorious gaming functions he device offers, with a wider variety of choices. If they want to fork over $69.99 for the device.
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 07-23-2011 at 08:00 PM.
07-22-2011, 07:37 AM #2
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.
07-22-2011, 08:07 AM #3
07-22-2011, 08:13 AM #4
07-22-2011, 08:36 AM #5
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....
07-22-2011, 08:51 AM #6
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.
07-22-2011, 09:16 AM #7
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.
07-22-2011, 09:25 AM #8
07-22-2011, 10:21 AM #9
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?
07-22-2011, 11:46 AM #10
07-22-2011, 01:06 PM #11
Is this compatible with any game from the AppStore? Naturally it's not needed for games that are not joystick controlled.
07-22-2011, 01:10 PM #12
Don't think games will be developed for this - Apple will probably kick them off of the App Store
07-22-2011, 01:59 PM #13Rather, the device looks like the product of some hot Gameboy on GameGear action.
07-22-2011, 10:09 PM #14
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.
07-23-2011, 10:18 PM #15