Sporting an intuitive 3.5-inch touchscreen, the iPhone ushered in an entirely new era of mobile gaming. And while there are no shortage of addicting and fun gaming titles to keep you busy for hours on end, the reality is that some games simply work much better with hardware controls (ahem, first person shooters).
If you're one of those gamers that simply can't wrap your brain around playing Madden on a touchscreen device, there's some good news ahead. MOGA last week officially announced the impending arrival of the first game controller for iOS. The controller is Lightning port enabled and will work on the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c.
There's no specific release date just yet as the website simply says that the device is coming soon. Still, you can now provide your email address to MOGA so that you can immediately know when the device is ready to order.
One of the cooler features of the controller, aside from the fact that it gives you a nice array of buttons and triggers that should make any xBox user feel right at home, is that it also doubles as a battery pack.
TouchArcade was lucky enough to get its hands on the MOGA controller for a quick-run through. If you're at all interested or intrigued by the device, it's well worth watching.
The walk-through from TouchArcade notes that while AirPlay functionality is possible, there may be just enough latency to frustrate users when playing a game where timing and precision is paramount.
The TouchArcade review also intimates that serious gamers may have quite a bit to complain about if they're expecting a console-esque gaming experience right off the bat.
Things get even worse when you compare the MOGA Ace Power to a Xbox 360 or PS3 controller, as both feel lightyears beyond the MOGA Ace Power in overall build quality in your hands- Doubly so when the MOGA Ace Power is in its limp and rattly closed form. Is it fair to make these comparisons? Probably not, but these sorts of controllers are the benchmark that we as gamers have been used to over the years, and while the MOGA Ace Power provides a step forward in functionality for iOS gamers, it feels like a step back in controller build quality.
If this sounds overly negative, I really don't mean it to be. iOS 7 controllers are in their infancy, and this is the very first one we've seen. Just like iOS devices themselves, these products are going to evolve and iterate over time, so it's not much of a surprise that the MOGA Ace Power isn't totally blowing my mind. It also doesn't help that the software support isn't really there yet aside from a few specific titles.
For gaming enthusiasts who have been clamoring for an iOS controller for years, it is, at the very least, nice to see that the ball is now rolling. TouchArcade hits the nail on the head when it writes that the potential of the device "feels enormous."
We'll keep you posted as to when these bad boys start shipping.