So, in the madhouse that is CES, I managed to track down the IonAudio booth to get some hands on time with the new iCade Mobile.

The details remain the same as when we previously reported on it. The iCade Mobile will be priced at $79.99 when it launches. It's got eight buttons, and a d-pad. Like the original iCade, it connects over Bluetooth.

What's nice about the design is it supports both landscape and portrait modes. The iPhone or iPod Touch sits in a specially designed cradle that can rotate freely.

Of course, one side effect to this design is that it makes the whole device pretty big. You'll be able to see in the hands on video that it adds a considerable amount of bulkage to your iOS device:

Unsurprisingly, control-wise it felt the same as the iCade. Some people seem to complain of a very slight lag in controls, but as you can see in the video, it's pretty minimal. To my hands the controls felt nicely spaced out, though I didn't really get a chance to test out the shoulder buttons in action. As with any of these accessories, it's hard to imagine lugging one around with you everywhere you go, but the added convenience (over the original iCade) of being able to lean back in your couch is nice.

And here's an official video from Ion Audio showing people having a hilarious time with it:

You too could look this happy. The device is coming this spring at $79.99.

  • Oooooomonkey

    Haha that trailer made me laugh, I'm sure I don't get that excited when I'm playing my iPod games. 🙂

  • Robert McCrory

    I wonder how this will compare to the iControlPad.  I love my iCP, but it's a pain to have to put it into iCade mode on startup every time since practically no (App Store) games support it in native mode.  It's a shame too because they just realeased a way for them to use the dual analog nubs.

  • Leslie Kwan

    Unfortunately, even if there's the slightest lag, I think it's a dealbreaker for me.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like the lag is too much for me to buy it.  I want more control over my games, not less, and lag is just unacceptable.  

    • Murderin Murphy

      People look at me like I'm a crazy person when I complain about latency (Wii, Kinect, iCade, etc). They all have it and it renders games unplayable to me.

      Am I just too sensitive or do people just not notice lag?

      • Adams Immersive

        You’re not a crazy person... but I have been unable to notice any lag with my iCade. Maybe it varies with conditions (radio interference?) or maybe it varies with the game?

  • x999x

    of course the damned hipster gets to play the icade mobile first, luckily he'll stop using it once it releases because its "too mainstream."

  • Inaba-kun

    That's possibly the ugliest thing I've ever seen, well, maybe except for the bolt on 2nd analogue stick Nintendo are pushing for the 3DS.  Kind of reminds of an Atari Lynx, and that's not a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    If this wasn't 80 bucks I would buy it

  • Michael B

    Hey, what about that ultra-tiny iCade with the iPhone in it? Off to the side on the first vid.

  • Anonymous

    Wow its the size of my Gforce 580..

  • Rodrigo Scharnberg

    I wonder why this kind of gadget is necessary... If iPhone is a Touch screen device, WHY GAME DEVELOPERS INSISTS ON PUTTING BUTTONS ON IT???

  • U.N. Owen

    1St, the word is 'bulk' - NOT 'bulkier.'

    Second, contrary to what 'Arno' says, it is quite easy to see how much bulk is added.