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Old 02-03-2013, 01:07 PM
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I am sorry if this has been discussed somewhere already, but I did use search to no avail.

As most of my gaming needs have been switched to iOS and as it's now my main / only gaming system I am looking for a way to enhance it more.Even though I got used to touch controls, I still prefer "solid chunk of plastic/metal as controller, and looking at my old SNES and PSX controller this need for controller while playing intensifies even more.
So now, I did some research into popular ones.Most people own iCade stuff if I'm correct, but I'm not that much appealed by idea to turn iPad into an full-fledged arcade machine.On the other hand , there is gamer duo ( which has high price and is compatible only with Gameloft games) and 8 bitty ( which looks old school which I like, but then again is not compatible with all games). I also found iControlPad 2 from Kickstarter page that seems to be compatible with iOS and all apps on it ( can someone verify that ?).

I would appreciate if people from forum , that have much more experience with different kinds of controllers for iOS , would post their opinions / reviews of all controllers they owned or just compile a list of all available controllers for iOS.
Thank you.

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:08 AM
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I'd be intersted in a universal (one that works with all games) control pad. Had an iCade for awhile, but got tired of taking it out of it's leather cover every time and going back and forth into the iCade for the relatively small number of games, so I got rid of it.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:12 AM
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I am sorry if this has been discussed somewhere already, but I did use search to no avail.

As most of my gaming needs have been switched to iOS and as it's now my main / only gaming system I am looking for a way to enhance it more.Even though I got used to touch controls, I still prefer "solid chunk of plastic/metal as controller, and looking at my old SNES and PSX controller this need for controller while playing intensifies even more.
So now, I did some research into popular ones.Most people own iCade stuff if I'm correct, but I'm not that much appealed by idea to turn iPad into an full-fledged arcade machine.On the other hand , there is gamer duo ( which has high price and is compatible only with Gameloft games) and 8 bitty ( which looks old school which I like, but then again is not compatible with all games). I also found iControlPad 2 from Kickstarter page that seems to be compatible with iOS and all apps on it ( can someone verify that ?).

I would appreciate if people from forum , that have much more experience with different kinds of controllers for iOS , would post their opinions / reviews of all controllers they owned or just compile a list of all available controllers for iOS.
Thank you.
There's many games compatible with iCade added all the time.
If you're into emulation, the Mame app "Gridlee" litterally adds many hundreds of games to the list, as Gridlee is iCade compatible.

The 8-Bitty uses iCade Bluetooth configuration, as does most of the Bluetooth controllers.

Gameloft's controller is a joke, though.
Way too expensive, and only compatible with their own games, of which only a handful is really any good.

If one is to choose a controller, any iCade compatible controller have the most support by developers.

I have an iCade, and very soon an 8-Bitty for when I'm on the go, and I'm very happy with the amount of games compatible, especially since Gridlee emulates so many Mame games.

The upcoming iMpulse controller looks awesome too. It's so small it can sit on your key ring, and used iCade controls too.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:46 AM
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Just my opinion but the only good controller would be the duo gamer because it works for current gen games but like said only gameloft games and not too many of them. Every other controller works only emulated games which for me absolutely suck. Emulated games remind me of when I was a kid back in the 70s and its now 2013 and I want real games (anything that's good on the AppStore that's not emulated)
I'm most likely going to make the shift to the project shield for my primary gaming needs as much as I love iphone gaming because touch controls with never compete with an actual controller. There are games that do fit the touch controls perfectly but I want a controller that works with every game available
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:02 AM
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I want a controller that works with every game available


Ain't gonna happen.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:03 AM
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Ain't gonna happen.
I know but can't a man dream
I have high hopes for the (project shield) but will probably be let down the same way I was with the ps vita
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:19 AM
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Just my opinion but the only good controller would be the duo gamer because it works for current gen games but like said only gameloft games and not too many of them. Every other controller works only emulated games which for me absolutely suck. Emulated games remind me of when I was a kid back in the 70s and its now 2013 and I want real games (anything that's good on the AppStore that's not emulated)
I'm most likely going to make the shift to the project shield for my primary gaming needs as much as I love iphone gaming because touch controls with never compete with an actual controller. There are games that do fit the touch controls perfectly but I want a controller that works with every game available


This would also sum up my thoughts.As I already mentioned, I'm not into iCade as all games it supports are old Atari classics that just aren't appealing to me as I'm from SNES / Sega genesis geneation.One the other hand,there are all MAME compatible games for it , but only ones that interest me are already available in App Store as separate games.
I Definetly want controller to support "newer games" as they come, because limited support doesn't mean much to me.Even if it supports more popular games, there will always be some hidden gem indie game I want to play with it.

My ideal controller would be one that, after unboxing it and connect it via Bluetooth to iOS, supports all apps and can be soft programmed/ keys remapped easily.




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The upcoming iMpulse controller looks awesome too. It's so small it can sit on your key ring, and used iCade controls too.
Looks interesting , but I still like full-size controller more, this one doesn't look ergonomic or to be used for longer game marathons on the way.

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:36 AM
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I know but can't a man dream
I have high hopes for the (project shield) but will probably be let down the same way I was with the ps vita
Shield...well depends on the amount of post launch support.

My guess is it's DOA.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:22 AM
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Shield...well depends on the amount of post launch support.

My guess is it's DOA.
Your most likely right but if the price is right I can imagine a lot of people jumping on board and if that happens maybe the devs would support it as there would be a demand for it
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:25 PM
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This would also sum up my thoughts.As I already mentioned, I'm not into iCade as all games it supports are old Atari classics that just aren't appealing to me as I'm from SNES / Sega genesis geneation.One the other hand,there are all MAME compatible games for it , but only ones that interest me are already available in App Store as separate games.
I Definetly want controller to support "newer games" as they come, because limited support doesn't mean much to me.Even if it supports more popular games, there will always be some hidden gem indie game I want to play with it.

My ideal controller would be one that, after unboxing it and connect it via Bluetooth to iOS, supports all apps and can be soft programmed/ keys remapped easily.


Looks interesting , but I still like full-size controller more, this one doesn't look ergonomic or to be used for longer game marathons on the way.

I isn't true that the iCade only supports old Atari titles.
I count close to 200 separate games on their website, only a handful of these are emulators, which in themselves have a lot of individual retro games.

On top of that, there's games that isn't mentioned on their website which supports iCade.

Icontrolpad 2 will soon be on the marked, it have its own overlay system where you can add and adjust controls to almost every game on the AppStore.
That one is one to watch. It also is compatible with almost every other system in existence that support Bluetooth:

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