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06-13-2014, 04:36 PM #1
A Surge of iOS Game Controllers at the E3 Expo Points Towards Gaming on the Apple TV
The folks over at the TouchArcade have recently posted a roundup featuring a look at the surprising number of the new iOS gaming controllers shown off at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event in Los Angeles, California. New products from gaming companies such as Mad Catz, Razer, SteelSeries, Hori, Signal, Phonejoy and BigBen Interactive were all shown off at the event, with each company pushing for different hardware styles and features to better cater to iOS users.
Of the various controllers, Mad Cat’z C.T.R.L.i controller was described as the favorite. It features a full-sized design with console-style controls including face buttons, analog sticks, shoulder bumpers and triggers. The controller can connect to any iOS 7 device through Bluetooth functionality and also includes an optional clip for attaching an iPhone. Other controllers such as BigBen Interactive’s GamePhone Pro, Hori’s MFi controller, Signal’s RP-One, and SteelSeries’ Stratus XL also showed off similar full-sized designs.
Meanwhile, controllers such as BigBen Interactive’s GameGrip and PhoneJoy’s MFi controller showed off a design that wraps around an iOS device similar to the MOGA Ace Power and the Logitech Powershell. Phonejoy’s controller in particular contains the ability to fully collapse while not in use, while BigBen’s GameGrip can wrap around an iPad mini and even a full-sized iPad. Razer also demoed its Junglecat controller, which contains a sliding mechanism with face buttons and a directional pad.
The introduction of all of these new iOS controllers comes as rumors surrounding the next-gen Apple TV have ramped up. Some are speculating that Apple’s focus with the device will be centered around its gaming capabilities. To this point, many are speculating that Apple could utilize iOS gaming controllers, a set-top box, and an App Store ecosystem to become a major force in the console gaming industry. Original Xbox engineer Nat Brown and Steam founder, Gabe Newell shared sentiments that Apple could take the lead in the games console market with such a system. In addition to gaming, Apple’s next-gen Apple TV may also feature cable-box capabilities and perhaps a streaming TV service through a partnership with Comcast. However, Apple’s iTunes Chief Eddy Cue said recently that Apple is continuing to work on a way to improve the television experience, but a fix is “complicated.”
We’ll just have to wait and see which turn out to be successful and which flop. For those of you interested in reading more, hit the source link below!
06-14-2014, 04:20 PM #2
Any word on a saw for the madcatz ctrli? I'm really excited about that and waiting to buy that instead of all these crappy other ones.