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iControlPad available for pre-order, ships next week

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Under development since 2008, the iControlPad, a Bluetooth gaming controller accessory for the iPhone, iPod touch, and other pocketable devices, is now available for pre-order. In addition to offering standard controls—including a digital d-pad, two analog nubs, six face buttons (ABXY and select + start), and two rear buttons—the iControlPad features a side clamp system that allows it to cradle and hold a variety of devices, and also offers support for a variety of Bluetooth protocols for maximum compatibility. Other features include a 1500 mAh battery that can charge a device via USB while playing, upgradeable firmware, and support for both jailbroken iOS devices and stock iOS devices via keyboard mode—although it remains to be seen how many games will support either configuration. The iControlPad is compatibile with all Bluetooth-capable iPhone and iPod touch models, and is available now for $75; shipments are expected to begin on February 16.

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Might this make the iPod Touch a PSP/DSI killer?  I like a lot of App Store games, but many have lacked more traditional controlling…

Posted by Charles Starrett on February 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM (CST)

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Definitely WILL NOT kill the PSP and DS but it’s interesting though.

It’ll only be successful depending on how many developers add the support of the controller to their games.

Posted by Charles Starrett on February 8, 2011 at 9:36 PM (CST)

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Unfortunately, this needs to be an Apple product to make any difference in the market. As an obscure 3rd party accessory with indeterminate game support, it’s merely an honorable mention.

Now, if Apple were to make something like this and build the proper APIs into their SDK to allow support in any and all games, then we might see a DS/PSP severe wounder.

Posted by Charles Starrett on February 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM (CST)

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