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Following months of rumors, and a few teasers from the company itself, Logitech has finally unveiled its first iOS 7 game controller. It’s called the ‘PowerShell,’ and it works with any iPhone 5, iPhone 5s or 5th generation iPod touch.

The game pad features console-style controls, with a d-pad, an X-Y-B-A button cluster, and two shoulder triggers. It also features an integrated 1500mAh battery, which will keep your iOS device running long after it runs out of juice…

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From Logitech’s announcement:

“If you’re one of the millions of people who play mobile games on your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, or iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7, you’re going to be interested in our latest Logitech G product – the Logitech® PowerShell™ Controller + Battery.  The PowerShell Controller + Battery turns your compatible iOS7 device into a pocket sized mobile console, all while roughly doubling your play time with its on board battery. 

To use this first-of-its-kind mobile gaming console, simply insert your compatible iPhone or iPod touch into the controller as you would with a standard case. The analog off-screen controls of the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery deliver a gaming experience that’s familiar to console players everywhere, with a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons that allow you to control game play.”

And here’s a promo clip for the PowerShell:

Because the accessory is part of Apple’s MFi program, it’s compatible with several iOS games. And that number will continue to grow—in fact Logitech is keeping a running list. Current big-name titles include Oceanhorn and Asphalt 8.

Today’s launch comes just a day after Moga unveiled its ‘Ace Power’ iOS 7 controller. It too features a built-in battery pack, and retails for the same price of $99. If you’re interested in the PowerShell, you can find it on Logitech’s website.

  • Finally, iOS games can now be more interactive than PS1 games…

    • Dan

      I wouldn’t bet on it, PS1 had some pretty great games!
      (legacy of kain/crono cross/bandicoot/resident evil)

      there you go… missing my old PS1…

      • Jimothy

        Final fantasy 7. Enough said!

      • Dan

        yeah didn’t want to bring up FF since it’s already ported to mobile 😉

      • Jimothy

        From what I understand, they would like to port 7 over as well. I’m pumped for that.

      • Sean Cua

        I think there’s a good ps1 emulator on iOS. Not sure though.

    • appleyay

      i wish sony would make one of these.. and bas it of the PS controller design

      • appleyay

        and apple need too make one

  • ConduciveMammal

    Hmmm $99? Seems a little steep to me but could be a worthy investment

  • Bob

    What happens when you have have a case or bumper, as most of us do.

    • jgr627

      Easy, take off the case or bumper every time you want to play a game

      • appleyay

        yup

      • Bob

        Lol you think that’s a solution?

        I have a bumper case that’s screwed on am I going to carry a screwdriver around, unscrew it then plug it into the controller?

      • jgr627

        Easy, unscrew it n never put it back on……n another solution for you…..don’t buy the game controller case if you love your complicated bumper that much

      • Bob

        It’s actually an extremely simple and minimum aluminium bumper, it covers the side of the phone and is nearly flush with the bottom but still protects it.

        It’s not really complicated, well probably for you, but you just screw in 2 screws once and you’re done.

  • genXhippie

    Imo, for that price, the majority of the sophisticated (sports, shooter, racing, etc) games should be compatible..

    • JoJo

      Give it some time, developers need to update their apps and that costs money too. You can count on it that most games released in 2014 will have controller support.

    • appleyay

      they will be soon apple just added the API so you can bet this will be big very soon

  • momerathe

    no analog = fail

    (sure, there are games that play perfectly well with just the d-pad, but why limit yourself to those?)

    • pdrake007

      So they can release another one later on with analog to make everyone upgrade

      • appleyay

        exactly..

  • Dan

    Seems a bit expensive (when compared to Moga which is 49.99-59.99) and the lack of analog is not a smart move…

    • nyangejr

      Moga still loks great, though strangely the price now shows its $99 instead of the previous $59, maybe it was a typo

  • iPhoner

    Try answering that when a phone call comes in. Makes people with phablits look normal. 😉

    • Daniel Beecham

      so true.

    • appleyay

      um just ignore th call.

  • Really? No analog?

    Yesterday I saw the Moga video from Toucharcade and they used both A LOT.

    That’s really strange.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Ya, it’s both strange and pathetic. +1

      • appleyay

        sad over site and indicator that the folks at that company are old men who love the NES too much…

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    My only concern about this is the next time Apple changes the form factor or design of the device, it won’t fit in the controller so you’ll probably have to upgrade.

    • OhSixTJ

      Well duh. Tell me what phone stays the same shape and size year after year? None. They all change eventually. Maybe if you’d stop buying a new one as soon as it was released you’d be able to use the controller for TWO years, not just one 😉

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Well, realistically speaking some do.
        On a side note, I was speaking for those who live in countries where iPhone is accessible. This mobile costs $1500+ where I live, so I’ve only owned two since the first iPhone launch.
        Also, there is an ongoing project for a long-term phone device which is called Phone Bloks or something similar. Check it out.

    • appleyay

      right and as with m,oat hardware changes you will have too go buy new peripherals

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Mobile phones don’t need peripherals though; accessories are a different story and you can definitely omit them.

  • Tyler

    Hope it works with the GTAs

    • appleyay

      and all fighting games

  • NaSty

    think about it this way….would you pay over $50 for a PS3 controller?
    If the answer is no, then this is not worth it 🙂

    • Funny enough, Moga’s Android alternative (http://bit ly/1c1Ruoz) that was released a year cost only $30. So, you’re paying $70 more for the built-in battery in this case….businesses gotta milk them mindless zombies of all their cash while they can…

      • appleyay

        yeah but android sucks

      • Android is no worse than iOS without Cydia (i.e. official iOS) IMO. Official iOS now looks fugly and still lacks loads of features offered by Cydia (some of which originated from Android).

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Total garbage. No analog sticks, rlly? Way to blow it Logitech. And the $99 price point. One cld buy a console with controller included for $99. Beyond pitiful. At least Moga’s has duel analog sticks, but $99 is asking twice what they are worth.

    • appleyay

      yeah that will be the issue with this one.. no analog is crazy..

  • Nirvana

    They don’t have one for iP4S? Shame

    • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

      Sucks. I’m not changing my phone anytime soon either. I hope a jailbreak comes out soon and blutrol is updated to easily work with games that already support controllers.