iControlPad: Turn Your iPhone into a Legit Gaming Device

By , Jul 21, 2011

Alright folks, it’s finally here. We told you about the iControlPad nearly 3 years ago, and the company has finally started shipping the product. For those unfamiliar with the gaming accessory, let me give you a quick refresher.

When you think of iPhone gaming add-ons, you typically think of those little plastic suction-cup-tipped joysticks. iControlPad provides a much better solution for your touchscreen woes with physical, console-like controls…

iControlPad looks like a typical game controller. It has 4 action buttons, a D-pad, and 2 joysticks. It connects to your iPhone (and several other compatible devices) via Bluetooth.

The accessory comes with an adjustable plastic frame that allows for various phone-sized devices to be attached. The end result looks kind of like a modified Sega Game Gear. Still having trouble picturing it? Check out the video below.

It would seem like after 3 years of development, the product would be perfect, right? Wrong. The iControlPad still has some major hurdles to overcome if it wants to see any kind of success.

The most important is compatibility. While the iControlPad can be used on un-jailbroken devices, not all of the features work. You guessed it, an Apple restriction on 3rd party developers doesn’t allow the Bluetooth actions needed for the joysticks to function.

Jailbreakers on the other hand, can utilize all of the controls. There have been several demo videos released of folks using the iControlPad with popular emulators like psx4iPhone and snes4iphone.

It’ll certainly take a lot of support from 3rd party developers to help the iControlPad elevate above the rest of the made-for-iPhone controllers. While we’re at it, they may also want to do something about its hefty $69.99 price tag.

What do you think of the iControlPad?

[TouchArcade, via MacRumors]

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  • http://aldowynsmusings.tk AbuJaffer

    Ya, with a price tag like that I’d recommend saving up for a 3DS or Vita instead. If it were around $20, I might say yes…. but either way, a dedicated gaming handheld is the way to go for gaming…. on the go.

  • iLord

    I AM iLORD, I SAY NINTENDO 3DS SUCKS.

  • Rob

    Wad pretty pumped until I saw the 69,99 tag. I’ll have to pass. 20-30 and id probably buy it

    • Chris

      $70, that’s like £45, hardly gonna break the bank.

      • John

        It might not break your bank but others are not as fortunate to have a spare £45. Hey why don’t you buy me one while we’re at it.

      • Matt

        If you can afford an iPhone then you can afford £45, nuff said !

  • Rob

    What is the best iPhone controller right now?

  • AMB

    70$ ? so it’s worth just as much as a ps3 controller? Not interested…

  • Don’t drink that racist coffee.

    Just use a wii remote

  • http://jordandev.info Jordan Lee

    To play emulators just a a Wii remote and a classic controller for like $25 on ebay.

    Wii remote works well for NES and Game Boy with the limited number of buttons and the classic controller works for everything else.

  • http://rulethenation.com Pukka

    Yea I would buy it if it was 20-30 bucks but 70 is way to high. I’ll stick with my wii classic and my ipad

  • Matt

    Cheap bunch of bas***ds !!

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    They started shipping it regardless of it’s issues?

  • ddr

    Jailbreak devs need to release a tweak that allows this iControlPad to work on App Store apps, especially FPS games like MC2 and Dead Space. If they can do that, then i *might* start thinking about it.

  • http://www.egamebiz.com/ps3-controller-playstation3-controller.html playstation3 controller

    t connects to your iPhone (and several other compatible devices) via Bluetooth??

  • http://www.egamebiz.com/classic-wii-controller.html classic wii controller

    It has 4 action buttons, a D-pad, and 2 joysticks. It connects to your iPhone ??