Photo surfaces of first ‘Made for iPhone’ game controller prototype

By , Jun 16, 2013

high res ios 7 gamepad

We know that iOS 7 is going to offer developers an easy way to make their games compatible with physical controllers. After years of ignoring the space, Apple is finally going to officially support third-party gamepads, and both Logitech and MOGA are already onboard.

Today, we get our first glimpse of what at least some of these controllers may look like. A photo has surfaced of what is said to be a prototype of the first ‘Made for iPhone’ game controller. It’s made by Logitech, and the control scheme looks reminiscent of the PS Vita…

Here’s the photo, posted by the folks over at Kotaku. They say they can’t say who gave it to them or where the picture was taken, but they do say they can vouch for the image’s authenticity. The controller is large enough to fit an iPhone 5 and features a Lightning connector.

ios 7 gamepad prototype

During a WWDC session last week, Apple showed off two hardware examples for MFi (Made for iPhone) gamepads. One was a form-fitting controller, that wraps around your iPhone (like the one above), and the other was a standalone model that connects wirelessly.

The company has stressed that it isn’t mandatory, but it is looking to help app developers deploy game controller-ready titles. And with just one common interface to code to, it will be easier than ever before to do so. Look for games to start getting gamepad support this fall.

What do you think of the prototype?

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  • Boss

    Why would anybody game on the iPhone 5? the battery is garbage and the screen is too small

    • Lnds500

      Tell that to the millions of people who buy iOS games. Also, the batteries of the 3DS and PS Vita are not that great either.

    • Lagax

      Are you kidding me? The battery is better than one of any game controller and the screen is perfect. I don’t understand people who play with something like a PSP or a NDS! I mean I understand it if you play games on the XBox or the PS, but apple could also just get into their buissness, giving people more access to the AppleTV!!! Strange enough they didn’t do that yet.

    • Joseph Smith Jr.

      Tell that to gameloft.

    • RyanB

      I would find it highly surprising, assuming this prototype comes to market, if it did not include some sort of battery within in.

    • Ernie Marin

      and android is any better?

    • mehrab

      Your just total trash. Your kidding right? The iphone 5 is the est mobile gaming device

  • drewstone

    cody, what happened to your font size as your post went-on? lollolloloolol

  • Gróf Attila

    well if they actually make these controllers that menas bye bye psp,ps vita, ps go and all the nintendos.

    • Dan

      unless IOS apps move up a notch in quality, I doubt it

      • Gróf Attila

        Im sure if they release these gadgets game makers will immidiately implement new features in their games.

    • Gorgonphone

      Psp vita is already dead

      • Shuhei Yoshida

        You’re Dead

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Great…!! Is there any plan for iPad too….? like “Razer Edge Gaming Tablet”..?

  • barnabas

    is the d-pad: buttons, or more of a low-rise joy-stick?

  • http://innerramblings.tumblr.com Elaine Malonzo

    I am so excited to hear about the MFi Controllers, but I hope they have the versatility to be used not just for iphone 5, but also on 4s or 4 maybe and the ipads, so that we can really maximise its use.

  • momerathe

    dual analog please, and a port of God of War.

  • WhiTeLioN_0S7

    Like someone else here said we need dual analog with hit games like COD and battlefield!! We need a way to connect with our psn or xbox accounts and be able to go online and see your buddies play and u would just join with your phone. No need to wait til you get home my friends. Imagine, now i would be able to kick someone’s @$$ on the go or on my break from lunch, sweet.