60beat introduces GamePad accessory for iOS gaming

By Jos · 17 replies
Dec 29, 2011
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  1. Smartphones may not be as suited for gaming as traditional handhelds from Sony and Nintendo, but that isn't stopping iOS and Android from dominating the mobile games market in terms…

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  2. Once again we ask, gaming on a mac? lol Why would we buy a control for something mac? This is silly if you ask me. Tablets and phones aren't for games other than plants versus zombies and angry birds.
  3. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    I think board games are fantastic on the ipad. but those work great with touch controls :)
  4. When cloud gaming gets going and 4g networks are up and running all your going to need is a tablet and controller for high end gaming.Onlive on android shows what can be done now and a controller is all that is missing.
  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    The day cloud gaming becomes mainstream is the day I quit playing games. Where's the fun in it if you can't build and maintain your own rig to run games. It's almost like...*gasp* consoles...:(
  6. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    I'll drink to that!
  7. 2 weeks from now, one with "apple" stamped on it will be made and cost 200% m0ar
  8. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    You have a good point. Mobile gaming is the evolution of consoles. I remember the day when you could build a gaming rig and be proud of it. Nowadays, anyone can buy a console, and even worse, build a gaming computer without knowing at all what they're doing.
  9. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    +1 Can i mow your lawn?

    Once again apple ignores the right way and goes to complex useless ideas.
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    PS360 controller WOOT! Also what Ranger12 said....
  11. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,674   +989

    At first instance this stomped me as ridiculous, but think about it, the gamepad idea may just be a little ahead of its time (or waiting for the right software). Tablets that are as powerful as a PS3 or Xbox 360 are around the corner. So what would prevent you from using, say an iPad as a fully integrated portable gaming console with a 10-inch screen? Forget touch, all you might need for this to work is a good suite of games, an Internet connection and a gamepad.

    I say thumbs up for that prospect.
  12. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    While I'm thinking of depressing things I might mention that cloud gaming may kill the modding community as well...someday I'll be telling my grandkids of the glory days of pc gaming....and they'll probably be like, "stfu noob, we're going to play halo 15 on our Xbox2160, from the CLOUD!" smh
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I dunno... I can see the appeal of the gamepad, but I think they missed part of the aesthetic appeal of tablets in general - simple freedom with no clutter. Throwing a wire on to stick out and annoy the crap out of users just seems like a jump backwards. Sure, I know, no batteries, blah blah blah. But seriously, you think gamers (who are used to wireless controllers these days) are really worried about saving that extra weight by not needing batteries? Cause, you know, those 2 AA batteries can really break your back... Seems like in the "saving weight vs cable inconvenience" department, a wireless solution would usually prevail. Make it a bluetooth controller unit with rechargeable batteries and it's much more of a win, and much more in line with the tablet's convenience factor.
  14. Don't put gaming on Iphone or Ipad down, some of the games have some great and clever ideas and they don't have to deal with working on a complex game engine or other hoops to get their ideas out.
    People laughed at all sorts of ideas that we love.
  15. To bad no HDMI port on iPads.At least that way you could play it on a bigger screen when available.
    But some tablets do have HDMI that dont start with a "i". Be awesome to hook up to the home tv.When not out and about using the tablet. But Onlive™ has the right Idea once the 4g and above get going for portable devices. PC gaming is where it's at for me!
    But with that said I m still with you Ranger12..
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Ok guest, just to note, the iPad does have HDMI out via an adaptor and I believe it's 1080p so I guess you can use it with a bigger TV.

    I agree it needs to be wireless though, if apple can stick an API in its next update that allows third party hardware makers to connect certain controls via bluetooth and then there is a standard that all games can use. I would then buy one as some games (GTA3 springs to mind) that I would love to play for extended sessions without the fiddley controls on a bigger screen but still powered from a portable device, would make seeing the grandparents more interesting that having to watch an old black & white film or toy story on the ps1 ...
  17. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    hm i assumed every device already had a way to plug a controller into them
  18. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Why would you make such a bulky piece of crap that prevents you from using your headphones?

    Wouldn't it be a better idea to make a NES styled, ultra thin controller that plugs into your charging port instead?

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