Since Apple enabled peripheral support for iOS devices in iPhone OS 3, we've been watching closely to see what creative control peripherals hardware developers will bring to the platform. The latest is the PartyDock, a multiplayer remote control dock for the iPhone 4 and iPad.

As TUAW reports, the PartyDock is an iPad charging dock that also docks with four individual remote controls and features video out (component) for connection to a TV, thought it's unclear as to what output resolution will be supported. Griffin indicates that various party, family, and casual games that utilize the PartyDock will shortly be arriving in the App Store. Three mini-games and one full featured game will be bundled with the device, in some fashion.

Have a look at Griffin's PartyDock PR shots:

While gaming is the obvious main thrust for this device, it's also a general media station of sorts. With the PartyDock nestled in your entertainment center, watching videos, photos, and listening to music on your hi-fi rig will be a thing of relative ease.

We're anxious to get our hands on the PartyDock and put it through its paces. It's encouraging that Griffin has a developer contact mechanism on their product site for those wanting to support the device in their apps. Hopefully iOS control accessories will become a plentiful and well supported option.

  • JCat

    Now 'imagine' if those were four analog pads with a few fire buttons on each, instead of quiz clickers!? Not that there's anything wrong with quiz games, just saying..

  • JCat

    Now 'imagine' if those were four analog pads with a few fire buttons on each, instead of quiz clickers!? Not that there's anything wrong with quiz games, just saying..

  • Metalbear

    Looks interesting, but it doesn't appeal to me.

    I would love to see more of these with refined controls and even more features. I'll be keeping an eye on this.

  • Metalbear

    Looks interesting, but it doesn't appeal to me.

    I would love to see more of these with refined controls and even more features. I'll be keeping an eye on this.

  • Shadowsfall

    You know I was just thinking about a great idea similar to this a few hours back... Odd..

  • Shadowsfall

    You know I was just thinking about a great idea similar to this a few hours back... Odd..

  • kevin

    i thought apple enabled peripherals in iOS 3.0

    • Name Goes Here

      They did.

  • kevin

    i thought apple enabled peripherals in iOS 3.0

    • Name Goes Here

      They did.

  • I Suppose...

    Unfortunately, I think the new Apple TV will fit this niche. That said, this product taps into an area of consumer recreation that an iPad is very well capable of. An iPad with an iPod touch for controls is absolutely in the same realm of hardware capability as the Nintendo Wii. As slow as it has been for iOS devices to take a serious stance in the gaming community, the reality that these are the world's best media players and phones that we're playing on is truly astonishing. One by one, Apple consolidates technology into one streamlined device for terminal computing.

    • Shnitzel

      don't jinx it. It's not official yet. They could just unveil an updated iPod line and say that's all folks. they're Apple. they could unveil duct tape instead, that is 10% more sticky because of retina thread or something stupid, and people would still buy it.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      They are not the worlds best media players or phones. The software just happens to have the most support due to the App Store's snowballed foothold of low-overhead and easy-to-code language.

  • I Suppose...

    Unfortunately, I think the new Apple TV will fit this niche. That said, this product taps into an area of consumer recreation that an iPad is very well capable of. An iPad with an iPod touch for controls is absolutely in the same realm of hardware capability as the Nintendo Wii. As slow as it has been for iOS devices to take a serious stance in the gaming community, the reality that these are the world's best media players and phones that we're playing on is truly astonishing. One by one, Apple consolidates technology into one streamlined device for terminal computing.

    • Shnitzel

      don't jinx it. It's not official yet. They could just unveil an updated iPod line and say that's all folks. they're Apple. they could unveil duct tape instead, that is 10% more sticky because of retina thread or something stupid, and people would still buy it.

    • http://soiled.com Gload

      They are not the worlds best media players or phones. The software just happens to have the most support due to the App Store's snowballed foothold of low-overhead and easy-to-code language.

  • Cheese

    Whats with the terrible retouching? In the photo with the four people playing on the couch, the guy on the left has a HUGE head! How do these things get past creative directors? simply embarrassing.

    • Yrogerg212

      I think it's pretty funny that in the same shot the product they are trying to sell is blurry and unfocused... while the focus is on the strange-headed people :/

    • JCat

      Holy..HAHAha... even if it's not doctored with photoshop, I can't help staring at that pic. The guy's head does look out of proportion with the body. Maybe the original dude wasn't attractive enough, so they went all Marie Antoinette on him. Oh, and the guy on the far right - what the heck is he excited about? Sure ain't the game - he's not even looking at the iPad.

      • Demonshade

        Hmm...What part of TV out do you not comprehend? I'll try to explain it abit. Look at the setup with the ipad, see the red, yellow and white cords coming out? Those hook up to the device called the television and magically display the video of the ipad on the TV! Very advanced stuff, I know!

      • JCat

        I'm terribly sorry...didn't notice the TV output - you're very sharp! Oh, and if those those are actual couples, and they're truly playing that game, my sincere apologies in advance for having a bit of fun with that ad.

    • menom

      I know that man - he really does have an enormous head - what amazes me is that he still get work modelling for adverts as it's well known in the industry that he ruins people's sense of perspective

      he did get a lot of work when bluetooth headsets first came out and advertisers wanted to exaggerate how small they were...

      • AIM-R8

        Hehehe that's hilarious!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      What's going on in that strange, blue bowl?

      • menom

        Good spot Blake, I'm surprised nobody else picked up on that. It's actually related to my friend's condition (cranianormity).

        To reduce further long-term skull growth, he's been advised to eat copious quantities of Jellyfish.

        As he does lots of work in studios with bright lights, he brings a special super-cooled bowl to store the jellyfish in during photo-shoots.

        It's obvious really, when you think about it

      • sixline

        Regarding jellyfish, close but still far off. It is cooled, but not for jellyfish. Those are for testicles...you are required to part with those before playing this tripe.

  • Cheese

    Whats with the terrible retouching? In the photo with the four people playing on the couch, the guy on the left has a HUGE head! How do these things get past creative directors? simply embarrassing.

    • Yrogerg212

      I think it's pretty funny that in the same shot the product they are trying to sell is blurry and unfocused... while the focus is on the strange-headed people :/

    • JCat

      Holy..HAHAha... even if it's not doctored with photoshop, I can't help staring at that pic. The guy's head does look out of proportion with the body. Maybe the original dude wasn't attractive enough, so they went all Marie Antoinette on him. Oh, and the guy on the far right - what the heck is he excited about? Sure ain't the game - he's not even looking at the iPad.

      • Demonshade

        Hmm...What part of TV out do you not comprehend? I'll try to explain it abit. Look at the setup with the ipad, see the red, yellow and white cords coming out? Those hook up to the device called the television and magically display the video of the ipad on the TV! Very advanced stuff, I know!

      • JCat

        I'm terribly sorry...didn't notice the TV output - you're very sharp! Oh, and if those those are actual couples, and they're truly playing that game, my sincere apologies in advance for having a bit of fun with that ad.

    • menom

      I know that man - he really does have an enormous head - what amazes me is that he still get work modelling for adverts as it's well known in the industry that he ruins people's sense of perspective

      he did get a lot of work when bluetooth headsets first came out and advertisers wanted to exaggerate how small they were...

      • AIM-R8

        Hehehe that's hilarious!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      What's going on in that strange, blue bowl?

      • menom

        Good spot Blake, I'm surprised nobody else picked up on that. It's actually related to my friend's condition (cranianormity).

        To reduce further long-term skull growth, he's been advised to eat copious quantities of Jellyfish.

        As he does lots of work in studios with bright lights, he brings a special super-cooled bowl to store the jellyfish in during photo-shoots.

        It's obvious really, when you think about it

      • sixline

        Regarding jellyfish, close but still far off. It is cooled, but not for jellyfish. Those are for testicles...you are required to part with those before playing this tripe.

  • Nightmoore

    What? Cheese, you're playing too much WoW or viewing too many comic books. His head isn't too big. It's pretty much in normal human proportions to the rest of his body. Why on Earth would anyone make somebody's head bigger in Photoshop for an ad?!? The product is blurry because of this thing called Depth of Field. Like our eyes, camera's focus on one thing and objects in the foreground or background are blurry. That's the back of the device....it really wasn't relevant to place emphasis on.

    • AIM-R8

      Please google "photoshop disasters", and click the first site for your answer. It is done for a variety of reasons. However it isn't the why that's important, rather the entertainment value we get when it's done badly.

    • Cheese

      Trust me, the body and head are from two different people. I have worked as an illustrator and retoucher for 20 years. Most any true professional will tell you that when a group photo is taken, it is difficult to get everyone looking just right. So you take dozens and sometimes hundreds of shots, pick the ones you like best and combine the heads, bodies, arms, etc, to get a perfect image. This was just a bit sloppy. A bit entertaining as well.

  • Nightmoore

    What? Cheese, you're playing too much WoW or viewing too many comic books. His head isn't too big. It's pretty much in normal human proportions to the rest of his body. Why on Earth would anyone make somebody's head bigger in Photoshop for an ad?!? The product is blurry because of this thing called Depth of Field. Like our eyes, camera's focus on one thing and objects in the foreground or background are blurry. That's the back of the device....it really wasn't relevant to place emphasis on.

    • AIM-R8

      Please google "photoshop disasters", and click the first site for your answer. It is done for a variety of reasons. However it isn't the why that's important, rather the entertainment value we get when it's done badly.

    • Cheese

      Trust me, the body and head are from two different people. I have worked as an illustrator and retoucher for 20 years. Most any true professional will tell you that when a group photo is taken, it is difficult to get everyone looking just right. So you take dozens and sometimes hundreds of shots, pick the ones you like best and combine the heads, bodies, arms, etc, to get a perfect image. This was just a bit sloppy. A bit entertaining as well.

  • Josh-kun

    What I find most amusing is the guy on the far right who is so TOTALLY into the game.

    Totally radical, man! Party on! XD

  • Josh-kun

    What I find most amusing is the guy on the far right who is so TOTALLY into the game.

    Totally radical, man! Party on! XD

  • Mindfield

    Interesting idea -- I've seen attempts at this as standalone boxes. Didn't take off then, either. Also, no HDMI = no sale.

    • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

      Last I checked, the iPhone and iPad don't support HDMI. I believe they have to stay within the technical limitations of these devices. :(

  • Mindfield

    Interesting idea -- I've seen attempts at this as standalone boxes. Didn't take off then, either. Also, no HDMI = no sale.

    • http://www.chucksmith.de Chuck Smith

      Last I checked, the iPhone and iPad don't support HDMI. I believe they have to stay within the technical limitations of these devices. :(

  • http://YouTube.com/user/redpanda9/ Redpanda9

    If that TV out really works with the app, is it possible that they can implement that in other apps to make them TV Out capable? Cause I'd love to be playing Real Racing and Nova on my TV like I did when I was jailbroken.

    • nizy

      There are APIs in iOS4 that can do that and some games like Chopper 2 already support it. In fact that can be controlled via an iPhone whilst being played on iPad using TV out.

  • http://YouTube.com/user/redpanda9/ Redpanda9

    If that TV out really works with the app, is it possible that they can implement that in other apps to make them TV Out capable? Cause I'd love to be playing Real Racing and Nova on my TV like I did when I was jailbroken.

    • nizy

      There are APIs in iOS4 that can do that and some games like Chopper 2 already support it. In fact that can be controlled via an iPhone whilst being played on iPad using TV out.

  • Kev

    Interesting but what I'd really like to see is some kind of controller device that you could put your iPhone or iTouch in and still hold it as one device, but with physical controls.

    The idea of popping my iTouch into a device and playing games on the telly while at home is rather appealing, though it sounds like those of us with 3g and older devices are going to be left out. But it's no biggie for me since I really got my iTouch for portable gaming and music.

    • AIM-R8

      That's what I was hoping for as well. Basically an iControlPad with TV out. Seriously, does no company think this is a great idea? The iPhone immediately becomes both a handheld and TV games console in one.

  • Kev

    Interesting but what I'd really like to see is some kind of controller device that you could put your iPhone or iTouch in and still hold it as one device, but with physical controls.

    The idea of popping my iTouch into a device and playing games on the telly while at home is rather appealing, though it sounds like those of us with 3g and older devices are going to be left out. But it's no biggie for me since I really got my iTouch for portable gaming and music.

    • AIM-R8

      That's what I was hoping for as well. Basically an iControlPad with TV out. Seriously, does no company think this is a great idea? The iPhone immediately becomes both a handheld and TV games console in one.

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    • MrMuesli

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      • Adams Immersive

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      • Adams Immersive

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  • spongefile

    This looks like what people in the 50's would have decided to do with an iPad. "Battle of the sexes!" sounds so quaint. And...boring. Quizzes? Where are my multiplayer shooters?

  • spongefile

    This looks like what people in the 50's would have decided to do with an iPad. "Battle of the sexes!" sounds so quaint. And...boring. Quizzes? Where are my multiplayer shooters?