Details surface on iOS twin stick controller
Developer Gameloft and accessory makers Duo Games have teamed up to bring iOS gamers their own twin stick controller which is currently is supported by FIVE available titles.
According to IGN, the "Duo Gamer" connects to your iOS device through Bluetooth and requires 2 AA batteries. In addition, the controller also features 4 face buttons along with 2 shoulder buttons and a pair of control sticks. Each Duo Gamer comes packaged with a stand for your device allowing for a more comfortable experience.
As of now Gameloft has announced 5 games that the controller will be able to support:
- Asphalt 7:Heat
- Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front
- Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
- N.O.V.A 3
- Order & Chaos Online
More titles are expected to follow after the controller's launch.
Currently, the Duo Gamer is unavailable, but when it does release you'll be able to purchase it on Amazon, as well as Target and Apple stores costing $79.99.
So g1s what do you think? Will this accessory change IOS gaming forever? Or is it just another cash grab? Let me know in the comment section below!
Check out the controller in action here!
$80 for THAT?! It looks terrible! I wouldn't mind having an accessory like this for my phone but this looks like a chinese knock off of something else. Try again.
i wouldnt pay more than 5 dollars. and with that ugly esign on the picture, probably no more than 3 counting taxes.
I agree! Bringing standardized hand controllers will bring change and improvements to iOS gaming (biggest issue has been integration support). There is only so much you can do with touch and using the accelerometer for a control method is not exactly the best method to enrich a player experience. Tilting a screen to an angle is typically reserved for a perspective effect (shock, horror, unbalance etc.) I really dislike steering cars and flying planes using this method. I know that a lot of us that are in support of iOS gaming/mobile gaming are taking flack from those determined to appreciate console brand names only, but the reality is that the face of portable gaming is changing (as is console gaming) you better get used to it or you are going to have a really bad time! Just enjoy what technology has to offer!
There are a couple of controllers on their way to the market. The others should hit early 2013.
Yeah, Gameloft has come a long way and they certainly have helped push mobile apps into console level territory.
The iPhone has needed a way to play games with traditional buttons for a while now. That said, I think this would be better if it were something you physically plugged the iPhone/whatever into. Heck, even if it were just a plastic shell for the iPhone that was attached to the controller itself.
$79.99??? to play $5 app games.... ._. wut??
This is a joke right? IOS gaming is all about portable casual gaming, having someone carry their phone in one pocket and a controller in the other is just idiotic. What if you wanna play while sitting on the bus? Or the Can? Where would you sit the device so you could see the screen? The only time to use it would be sitting at home and even then who sits at home to play on an iPhone? Not a casual gamer
It will only change iOS gaming if it manages to sell.
Yes, this will change iOS gaming. Now that there's one dual-stick iOS controller, many more will follow, which is great. As much as an advocate I am for touch controls working as well as physical ones, this will help more console gamers get into the console-grade iOS titles.
Even though this comes with a nice stand, this is a bit too pricey. I'm a HUGE fan of Gameloft and of NOVA 3 specifically, as you could guess from my official review, so I'll probably end up getting this. I honestly can't help myself. For others, however, I think waiting for a price drop or for new competitors is probably the best idea.
Thanks for posting this news story, Adam. I saw it earlier this week and was hoping it would make its way to ScrewAttack.
I'd call myself an iOS gamer, even though they're not my primary choice when it comes to gaming, but I play quite a lot of games on my iPhone and iPad, and this is freaking ridiculous. $80 for that controller? And it supports five games out of the gate? Heck, even the N64 controller looks more comfortable than this. Plus, why would I wanna carry it around? The only times I play iOS games are on the go, and sessions are not usually that long. Taking that controller out to play for like 5 minutes? Just no. I honestly can't see who this is supposed to appeal to.
The price is incredulous. $80 for a controller? That's more than even a console controller or a PC controller. And those have huge libraries of games that use them, obviously. This thing has five, with more to come later.
If you're gonna spend almost $100 on PERIPHERAL, then you might as well go out and buy a whole system, like SNES or Wii or something. Black Wiis are $100 now and Wii Classics are $80. SNES consoles have been $80 for a long time now. And on both of those, you'll get a controller and the library of games is way better.
This just seems like a poor excuse to steal people's money.
I would hold your breath. There are some other options on the horizon that are going to see better support not only within iOS but come via bigger hitters as well.