Ever wish your iPhone was a little more… NES-like? Well, the guys from Team GameDock are hard at work putting together prototypes for an interesting looking dock that sports a couple USB ports for controllers, and a HDMI port to run a cable to your TV. The idea being, you drop your iPhone (or iPad, or even iPod touch) into the dock, and you're playing games on your TV just like an old school game console.

Details are a little sketchy right now, but it's piggybacking on top of the existing iCade protocols to already make it compatible with most iCade games and they plan on releasing their own SDK to presumably make integration with the GameDock even tighter. Here's a video of a prototype GameDock in action:

What'll be interesting to see is how this compares with using AirPlay mirroring instead of their docking solution, and something like ThinkGeek's 8-Bitty instead of wired controllers. Regardless, since it's still in the prototyping and funding phase, and the 8-bitty is still coming "later this year," it'll be a while before we can have this retro controller TV output cage match.

For more information on the GameDock, as well as the ability to subscribe to mailing list for updates on the project, head on over to the GameDock web site.

  • http://twitter.com/rustym Rusty Moyher

    Interesting idea. What about landscape games?

  • CamZer0

    What game is that on the screen? Zooming in on the pic it appears to be called "Caudrite". Not found in the app store... Looks like LoE.

    • http://twitter.com/ZarieoZ Lamis Ghaly

      It's called Cavorite. It's was developed by Cascadiagames, it's the same company making this docking station.

      P.S: there is Cavorite 1 & 2. Sequels.

  • http://linuxuser1.myopenid.com/ Linuxuser1

    Which game is he playing? Looks cool.

  • TouchGameplay

    Guys, that`s actually a Kickstarter Project and not yet funded :(

  • JackMule

    Mos Speedrun is the game.

    • slamraman

      Yep, Mos Speedrun in the video but Cavorite on the screenshot.

    • http://linuxuser1.myopenid.com/ Linuxuser1

       Thx!

  • jindofox

    Pricing is all wrong, rewards are out of whack, concept (lots and lots of WIRES) is fundamentally flawed. I want to like this but I just can't.

    • http://twitter.com/MFCH MFCH

      Um, it's barely a prototype. It's SUPPOSED to have room for improvement. 

      • jindofox

        It may be a prototype, but it's also their pitch for Kickstarter support. It's "SUPPOSED" to be enticing enough for us to want to give them money. 

    • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

      Personally I like wired KB's & mice, and think wireless & rechargeable devices just make more unnecessary waste while wires are reliable & I don't need batteries on my keyboard (which I don't move around much).
      Sidenote that I get headaches from Bluetooth & my hand tingles from iOS wifi (plus tons of Euro research blocked in USA) makes me think *the less wireless tech* we have, the better!Don't know about their pricing/rewards -- let the market determine?

  • Adams Immersive

    Cool—I sort of do this already, with iCade and a (non-wireless) HDMI cable. I use the iCade controls while looking at the big projector screen. (8-Bitty would be more convenient.)

  • http://twitter.com/MikePintler Mike Pintler

    Game changer!

  • Matthew Hall
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BHHE4CZWIJRIBL2S2EEMGYL4MI John

    Um...Raspberry Pi is cheaper than this dock can run MAME (arcade emulator), and doesn't need to tie up your expensive iDevice....so why bother with this garbage?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Seems to land securely in "because we can" territory. An Apple TV and two 8-Bitty controllers (once they're available) is basically the same price for a very similar setup. Alternatively, you could buy an Apple Digital AV Adapter and skip the Apple TV entirely.

  • http://twitter.com/physmo Physmo

    The game he's playing is our iOs platformer called Mos Speedrun - check it out here :D
    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mos-speedrun/id419215811?mt=8

  • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

    I can't say anything wrong about this, in fact I think MAME or this or SNES emulator or similar are *all* great ideas.  The iOS devices kick the crap out of old hardware and those old games are still in demand, so why not.

    As for Jindofox's comment about "wires" - who cares?  Personally I like wired KB's & mice, and think wireless & rechargeable devices just make more unnecessary waste while wires are reliable & I don't need batteries on my keyboard (which I don't move around much).  Sidenote that I get headaches from Bluetooth & my hand tingles from iOS wifi (plus tons of Euro research blocked in USA) makes me think *the less wireless tech* we have, the better!