iOS is growing to be a major player in the gaming space. When you are selling as many iPhones and iPads as Apple is, not to mention iPod touches, then it is almost an inevitability that your own App Store is going to become a mecca for all manner of games.

With its touch-based interface and huge screen, the iPad in particular has become something of a giant in the mobile gaming world, but the same touch screen that is is biggest strength can also be its biggest weakness. That’s why this new accessory really caught our eye.

Coming from accessory company 60beat, this new controller gives gamers a more familiar way of controlling their games. If iOS gaming is to truly take over, then there needs to be a natural way to play traditional games, and that natural way involves a couple of thumbsticks and some hardware buttons.

The guys at 60beat seem to understand that fact, and if their product is going to sell, then they will need their customers to agree that while touch-based games are great, but sometimes you just cannot beat a good, old-fashioned controller.

One real downside to 60beat’s GamePad is its price. Coming in at $50, this thing will need to be good if gamers are to spend their cash on it. If the promotional video is anything to go by, then it might just fit the bill.

The first thing that we noticed was the cable, which has a standard headset plug on the end. When attached to the iPad or any other iOS device, that cable acts as the source of power, as well as providing a way for the device and iOS games to talk to each other. It’s a different approach to the Bluetooth one most accessories take, but it does have the added advantage of doing away with the need for batteries, or another charger.

The other downside comes in the form of compatibility – right now there are only two games the support it, though that will no doubt change as the thing grows in popularity.

Would you consider picking one of these up?

[Engadget]

  • Dan

    I’m wondering if this will work with all games. Also I find the cable a bad move, they should of went with bluetooth.

    The point of iPad games is to bring them with you anywhere you go, I don’t see myself lugging a controller with me.

  • Anonymous

    Lol I love this “console experience” every1 goes on about, I love my iPhone but wake me up in 10 years when a phone plays games anything like the quality and depth of a PS3 or XBox.

    That’s the problem and the thing that annoys me most about Apple and a lot of their die hard fans, they think Apple can take over and control anything they do, errrrm nah, a phone will never take over a console, completely different users for a start .. I love playing games on the PS3, Call of Duty etc but there is no way I would ever want to play games like that on my phone and before any1 mentions bigger screens etc etc, “Mobile Phone”, key word being mobile so any1 who envisages carrying a huge screened tablet or phone around with them sort of evades the whole point.

    My iPhone is for Angry Birds and Real Racing, anything that uses swiping etc or the gyroscope but forget using touch controls like virtual controllers on the phone cos they suck worse than the Facebook douche, zuckiniberger.

    • But they maybe able to take over the mobile gaming platform. I don’t think many people are clamoring over the new PSP like years ago. GTA3 via AirTunes is being played on my 42in and looks just as good as a PS2.

  • Not sure if people are forgetting something better than this out there called onlive a cloud based full console gaming experience with bluetooth wireless controllers this news is old and rubbish..

    • The problem with OnLive is the fact that you have to have a very high speed connection in order to play. No internet or speed hickups = No gaming, I personally don’t want to be reliant my internet to play a game; I’d prefer to download the game and have it on my device, be it the Iphone, the Xbox360, or the PS3.

  • The problem with OnLive is the fact that you have to have a very high speed connection in order to play. No internet or speed hickups = No gaming, I personally don’t want to be reliant my internet to play a game; I’d prefer to download the game and have it on my device, be it the Iphone, the Xbox360, or the PS3.

  • Anonymous

    One word (expensive)!! I have touch screen! why would I use a controller?!

  • That’s expensive. I guess pretty soon controller made in china will hit the market, and everyone can get a cheap one. Until then just wait for some more games to be campatible with this type of controller.

  • Why don’t developers just add support for Wii Remotes?

  • شيخ السمــر™  الفـلاســـ

    i bought it yseterday to play Snes9x Games on my iPad ?? but its not working ?
    maybe there is a way to connect it with the snes9x or something

    its only support few games in appstore

    i hope the jailbreak cummunity do something about it