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Gamepad attachment to future iteration of iPhones: Yes or No

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Yes, I like it hard and tactile! 30 38.96%
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12-27-2009, 04:14 AM
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Gamepad attachment to future iteration of iPhones: Yes or No

Should the future iPhone have an option for an external gamepad (dpad, analog sticks, face buttons) that can be attached to the device?

All action-oriented games or any game that utilizes a virtual pad and buttons for that matter would benefit from this.

The key is to make its use optional for any game that supports it, because we don't want to carry the pad around everywhere like dorks.

Last edited by SpaceJunk; 12-27-2009 at 04:18 AM.
12-27-2009, 11:05 AM
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I personally wouldn't buy it, I don't think it would add much to the gameplay, and personally I like the controls the way they are now. I guess some people might want a external controller but I say if you want that go get an xbox or something, something with better games and a bigger screen. Not to mention, youd also need somesort of stand for it, unless the controll attached to the itouch and supported it.

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12-27-2009, 12:02 PM
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at first, i really want to see one
but now,with all the games released this year
i think there is no need for that now
games that just needs those are limited
others can be controlled with touch controls well
anyway, if they do my idea to have separate sides
maybe it'll do

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12-27-2009, 06:37 PM
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Holy indifference
12-27-2009, 06:42 PM
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If anything, I'd like to see an attachable gamepad, not a built in one. Somewhat like the iControlPad if that ever comes out... It would make games with virtual controls that much easier, but having it come on the iDevice may take away some incentive to continue working on touch screen specific controls, possibly causing the loss of games that have been praised for controls, such as Spider.
12-27-2009, 06:43 PM
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I'm kinda leaning towards no. If a third-party instead of Apple releases one, it pretty much opens the floodgates for any other company that wants a crack at making a game pad. That means developers would have to choose which ones to support, and which not to. In a nutshell, no single game pad will be supported by all games. Secondly, who says devs will want to add in that support? They're use to just using the screen and accelerometer as controls. It's more work coding it so that game will work seamlessly with the controller. Everyone has a screen, that's pretty much a no brainer, but less than 30% will actually buy a game pad (most users serious about gaming'll just get a portable console), so what's the point?

Edit: Gah, I just realized I misread the question. Eh, my paragraph is still a decent, though slightly irrelevant argument. Realizing what you actually asked, no way would I want built in buttons. This is simple and sleek. With buttons, there's a greater chance that something'll get in the grooves or that something'll get just plain f***ed up. Happens with everything mechanical.

Last edited by Kamazar; 12-27-2009 at 06:45 PM.
12-27-2009, 06:49 PM
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I wanted one until Gameloft made FPS work. However I would still be interested in one if it was thin and attached to the back of the phone and the buttons slide out. I could see myself using it for a "big" game on an airplane or car trip or something

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12-27-2009, 07:02 PM
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are there already some accessories being developed that will be connected through the dock connector?
I like the way the iPod looks on its own, really thin and sleek and shiny and simple
12-27-2009, 07:06 PM
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I'd only use one if it was for home use only and if it had a receiver that connected the games to a big screen. That's the only reason I'd ever want a control pad on my Touch, otherwise, I'm good the way it is. I've never had any problems with how the games control.

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12-27-2009, 07:23 PM
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i'd only be interested if it had its own battery and could charge the device. otherwise it's pointless... the iphone would run out of battery even faster and you probably wouldn't be able to charge with it on.