Kickstarter project turns your iOS device into an old-school game console

By , Jul 5, 2012

If the iCade Mobile game accessory isn’t your thing and you’re a retro type, consider the GameDock, a cool new Kickstarter project which turns your iPhone into an old-school TV-based game console. It’s simple, really: the GameDock, as the name suggests, is a game dock-like accessory where you plug your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, akin to a game cartridge.

You can also pair your device with it over Bluetooth. It includes video output and comes equipped with an USB game controller with physical buttons and an HDMI adapter…

What’s best, GameDock works with both iCade Mobile-optimized games (Centipede, Asteroids and more than a hundred other titles limited to two action buttons and two menu buttons) and dock-ready games that include two-player support and full 1080p HDTV output. Those physical controllers will no doubt come in handy replacing those unwieldy touch controls.

You can play games either on your big screen telly, through the accessory, or directly on your iOS devices’ display. Automatic HDMI mirroring is supported using an iPad 2, fourth-generation iPod touch or iPhone 4 or newer.

Oh, they also have a dashboard app that lets you select and play games compatible from the comfort of your couch, using just your controller instead. The gizmo doesn’t require a jailbroken device and works on standard iOS versions 4.0 and newer.

Here’s your promo video.

The team is shooting for a $5,000 goal on Kickstarter and people have already pledged more than $10,000, with 42 days to go.

More information is available on the official home page and over at Kickstarter.

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  • http://twitter.com/ToeKnee_G Tony G

    Brilliant!

  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    There should be a wireless controller option. I would get this if it worked with ZodTTD’s emulators.

    • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

      It would be awesome to kick back on the couch and play a little Zelda Minish cap, Metroid zero Mission, or any of the other GBA titles – what a great little system that GBA was…

  • Omar Reynoso

    Exactly what I’ve been waiting for! You snooze you lose
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  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    This looks neat, but $150 is a bit pricey for me. It’s not a full console after all, basically just a display and controller pass-through. Seems rather steep.

    I had no idea the iPhone 4 supported HDMI mirroring now, but it looks like it does as of the new adapter. Neat!

    • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

      Oh… $150… thats a bit pricy… I’d go for $80 but not $150.

  • Dan

    For the price, you’re better just buying a wii and hacking it to play snes/gba/nes/gen roms. Still a neat idea though, just not worth the price.