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Griffin PartyDock iOS gaming accessory outed


An upcoming Griffin gaming accessory for iOS devices has been outed by a recently published FCC filing. The PartyDock is a set-top gaming accessory for the iPad and iPhone 4 that allows users to dock their device and use four wireless remotes to control specially-written games, including “Midway Motors,” “Fishing Frenzy,” “Flippin’ Frogs,” and “Wits and Wagers Family,” with the potential for more Griffin-branded games in the future. The wall-powered PartyDock connects to a TV using included composite cables or with user-supplied component cables, and also allows the remote to control video, picture, and audio playback. Curiously, the PartyDock’s user manual makes no reference to support for the iPod touch or any older iPhone model, carrying only “Made for iPad and iPhone” badges. Griffin has yet to make any announcement regarding the product; thus pricing and release information has yet to be revealed. [via UberGizmo]

Update: Griffin has launched an official website for the PartyDock, and has confirmed that the device will include the “Midway Motors,” “Fishing Frenzy,” and “Flippin’ Frogs” mini-games, as well as the full game “Wits and Wagers Family,” as mentioned above.

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I am really surprised that one of the big hardware manufacturers have not yet come up with a way of putting a d-pad or small joystick onto a 30-pin dock connector in order to make the I-phone/ipod Touch the gaming device that it wants to be. It would be small enough to carry around in a pocket and it would free up screen real-estate by removing those horrible touch pads that we currently have to use that are innaccurate and a pain to use. As a hardcore gamer I would welcome a better interface with which to play games - BTW if any of you take up this idea I want a cut!!!

Posted by curryluvva on September 1, 2010 at 6:56 AM (CDT)

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