Mobile World Congress, which has just begun in Barcelona, is not known for churning out mobile peripherals like CES or other big conferences, but we’ve got one for you today. It’s a new MFi (made for iPhone) iOS 7-compatible game controller.

It’s a wireless controller, with a removable clip for docking your device, and it’s called the ‘C.T.R.L.i.’ It’s made by Mad Catz, and if you have ever shopped around for third-party PC and console peripherals, you know that’s a fairly well-known name…

Engadget was able to go hands-on with the device in Barcelona:

“If the C.T.R.L.i looks familiar, that’s because it’s basically the same as the accessory maker’s award-winning MLG Pro Circuit controller for Xbox 360. Swapping consoles for handhelds, Mad Catz has introduced a spring-loaded mount to cater for Apple’s current iPhone range and any larger devices it may or may not decide to launch in the near future (cough, 5-inch iPhone, cough). The clip is fixed with a tiny screw, allowing iPad gamers to play wirelessly without fear of a giant clip obstructing their view. In the past, iOS 7 controllers have been called out for their high price and low build quality, but in our short time with the C.T.R.L.i prototype, we were impressed with how stable the controller remained while we played, and our iPhone looked to be in no danger of falling out.”

And CNET managed to grab video showing the C.T.R.L.i in action:

The iOS 7 controller space is finally starting to fill up, but we’ve yet to see anyone take the lead. Both Logitech and MOGA were first to market, but came in with high price tags and poor build quality. Steel Series’ RP One looks promising, but it’s tiny in size.

So Mad Catz actually has a real shot at being successful. I’m liking the dual analog sticks, and just the layout of the controller in general, and the fact that it features a removable clip. That let’s you game on your iOS device from afar, or up-close.

I’m anxious to see how the C.T.R.L.i fairs when it launches publicly in April. Engadget says it’ll come in black, white, blue, red, orange and will carry an $80 price-tag—which is cheaper than most controllers start out at, but still too high for impulse buyers.

What do you think of Mad Catz’ upcoming iOS 7 controller?

  • Robert

    It’s about time someone made an Xbox-like controller for iOS. I’m so used to the Xbox’s controller design that I find it hard to use other controller designs (for example, when the D-pad& analog sticks switch places)

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    It still can’t compete with a PS3 / PS4 controller and the Controllers for All tweak…

    • Sachmach29

      The problem is that DualShock 4’s don’t have anything to clip them onto your phone.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        reddit .com/r/jailbreak/comments/1ymo9r/how_to_build_a_sturdy_inexpensive_iphone_mount/

      • Sachmach29

        A. For DualShock 3.
        B. It’s not the best quality, compared to the one in the article or the Nyko one.

  • smtp25

    Surely the real platform for controllers is the iPad. I use the PS3 with my iPad air. Big controllers don’t make it exactly pocketable to I with your phone

  • Falk M.

    Mad Catz you say? Pass

  • Christian Mejía

    Yeah Mad Catz break after a week. You’d have to be mad to buy it for $80

  • Elvin Topalov

    I remember buying 3 Game Cube controllers from them years ago & they all broke just days after casual use. I don’t recommend their devices to be honest.

  • Server

    Lol. You’d look like a twat using this on the bus or train or in public.

  • Repiuk

    I wonder how it connects with the device. Seeing no cable I assume it is Bluetooth which would be the 1st controller having this feature what would make this one stand out comparing to other controllers.

    Can anyone tell how it does connect?

    • pokaprophet

      Yes it’s Bluetooth. RP One is Bluetooth too.

  • Zack

    Mad Catz mass produces with speed and quantity. Never quality. However their customer support is pretty good. Still a pass.

  • MFiGamer

    Correct me if i’m wrong..
    But rear photo’s of this controller looks like it is powered by AAA batteries.?
    So compare this to other MFi Controller Available today.
    1: MOGA/Powershell with huge 1800/1500mAh Powerbank feature to charge your iphone/iPods..Retailing @$79 & $69
    2: SteelSeries Stratus: No Powerbank feature, but built in Li Battery Retailing @$79
    3: MadCatz C.T.R.L.i No built in Li battery,needs regular AAA @$80..

    Seems someone is ditching features and retaining the price tag!

  • Allen Greathouse

    Cool but i hate the X360 design, now if they could make one like the ps4, count me in!