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We had our pepperoni greased hands all over the MOGA Ace Power, but they're not the only game in town. Logitech is similarly throwing their hat into the iOS 7 controller ring with the Powershell. A lot of the complaints I had with the MOGA are likely going to apply to the Powershell as well, as it monopolizes the Lightning port, software support hasn't improved in the last 24 hours, and it shares the same $99 price point.

Curiously, the analog sticks are absent on the Powershell, so while the non-slider design of Logitech's controller might feel a little more solid than the MOGA Ace Power, it seems like there is compromises everywhere regardless of which controller you go for. The Powershell looks really wide, even wider than the MOGA, which itself was sort of impressive in use. The Powershell has a battery with a switch, all the buttons are similarly analog, and it's also got a headphone port.

Keep an eye on the Apple Store for both the MOGA Ace Power and Logitech Powershell to be available for purchase. Alternatively, the official Logitech site has some more details.

  • hourglass

    I give this a solid meh, since it isn't iPad compatible.

    • sbnewsom

      ...why would it be?

      • Hampus Jensen

        Why not?
        I assume it's possible to make one of these that use bluetooth? (i.e I assume iOS would allow that)

        I wouldn't mind the option to put my iPhone in the controller, but I also want to be able to not put an iPhone in and use it for an iPad standing on a desk in front of me.

      • DeInit

        Agreed. Further to that, both this and the MOGA one require some time to pass with sites using them to play various games so that we can get a proper feel of how support evolves for them as well as how they compare, seeing as this one doesn't have two analog sticks and I can't get a sense of the d-pad being analog as well.

      • Mojo

        $....

    • Boris Nguetie

      ipad support , 100$ price....NO ONE mentioned the real reason why there's absolutely no reason to buy this...i mean how the hell is it supposed to help me play MODERN COMBAT 5????? like who cares about pressing buttons on screen? isn't the stick the only thing ios gaming dies asking for?!!!

  • hourglass

    What game is that onscreen? It looks very familiar, but I just can't place it.

    • Corky McButterpants

      Strike Wing: Raptor Rising
      go go goooogle reverse!

  • Gamer1st

    Crap!
    Yet again no iPad use.

    • Gamer1st

      Has any company actually show or mentioned an iPad controller? Even the Gamecase looks to be an iPad or phone controller.

      • ffnc1020

        Gamecase from clamcase. Interestingly enough they changed their website yesterday into an unfinished page somehow. Maybe something will come out soon.

  • Mess

    When are they going to make an iPad compatible one?

    Not everyone has, or wants to play solely on, a 5/5S/5C/iPod touch 5th Gen.

    Sigh

    • hourglass

      I hate playing games on such a tiny screen.

  • grammatonfeather

    I really despise these phone-only controllers.

    • Gamer1st

      Ditto.
      I have, and want to play on, the bigger screens!

      • Heboi456

        Buy a PS4 or XBOX 1 then and hook it up to your tv.

      • zerilos

        You seriously consider this a work around to the lack of iPad controller support?

      • SpacePenguinBot

        Nope.

  • repapermunky

    I think 100 bucks is WAY too much for either of these! Absolutely! 50 dollars at most! The whole point of these is to make a more console-like experience; well, console controllers cost about 40. And there are no games that I truly NEED an external controller to play. It would be nice, but it's definitely not necessary. For 50 dollars, maybe. 30-40? Must have. But putting them at 100, when they have very limited function, and limited app compatibility; no thanks, I'll gladly wait until there are more out there and the price drops significantly.

    • TheRybka

      I agree. I can just buy a game console for $100.

  • Deixa

    7 iPhones later and now they bring out controllers and what's going to be even funnier, EVERYONE going to start bringing out controllers.

    None in years, a ton in months!

    • ffnc1020

      That's because after 7 iPhones, apple added the API. If not so, nobody can make an actual controller that support mainstream games.

  • the fish

    I hope you write an article and compare all the controllers soon.

  • Kane

    I think - Bladepad it is then...

    • Boris Nguetie

      but they didnt say a word since may!!!

  • Banzboy

    I get that a controller design such as this would provide power to the device and has controller and device forming one unit. Those are the advantages. As game controller, these companies have no match against console manufacturers. The only thing I'm interested in is when the PS3/PS4 is compatible with a jailbroken ios 7. Then I'll get my game on.

  • shieldser99

    How can anyone play a first person shooter (i.e modern combat) with this controller? The d-pad is used for walking back and forward and side to side but without a right analog stick it will be impossible to aim

    • Ph0lly

      Way back when before analog sticks we used the 4 face buttons to look around, it's not ideal but it works. Never played Goldeneye on N64 I guess, I think the first Medal of Honor on PSX also did that.

      • shieldser99

        Yeah golden eye is fantastic but the C buttons wouldn't be too accurate on a small screen. That and they need those buttons for toggling weapon etc.

  • wiredfractal

    Not the kind of controller I'm waiting for. I'd like a stand-alone controller that can pair with my iPad so I can stream it over to my Apple TV.

    • mclifford82

      iPad to Apple TV doesn't work very well, even for non-twitch style games. How the hell do you put up with the lag? I couldn't stand it.

      • hourglass

        Wifi gets faster every year.

        The Nvidia Shield streams super high quality games like Borderlands 2 over wifi just fine. iOS games, being lower quality, should stream just fine.

      • wiredfractal

        yes with mirroring there is lag but if the game is dedicated for AirPlay, like RR2 it works really great. If you advent tried playing Real Racing 2 as a controller and connect it in Apple TV you should try just to see what I'm talking about. Your iPad should work as a second screen for you TV just showing you information.

    • themostunclean

      The only good way to play on your TV is through HDMI out using an adapter and directly connecting to your TV. Mirroring is unreliable and lags horribly. Apple TV will probably always be awful for gaming unless they finally allow it to run apps like a real iOS device and make compatible controllers.

  • Fangbone

    The controller, while a nice idea, pretty much takes away the whole point of playing on a touch screen. Might as well get a 3DS or Vita.

    • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

      I agree -- I wonder if these are hobbled intentionally for that reason? Everything supports touch by default, but controller support must be added in.

      I also wonder what this means for the iCade? That's essentially a Bluetooth keyboard with digital only controls.

    • mclifford82

      Or get a $99 controller for the hardware you already own? I'm not sure I understand why paying $199 or $249 makes the buttons on those handhelds better.

  • Guest

    Yet another iPhone controller. What about iPad :

    • mclifford82

      They obviously don't see the value in it like the hundreds of you complaining about it.

  • 72gaz

    iPad controller needed, really surprised at the apparent lack of interest from manufacturers so far.

    • AngryBaby

      Not surprised at all. An incredibly small market with high cost of entry. You need to think outside of TA forums, what the real demand is for iOS controllers. An unpopular opinion, no doubt, but I feel very strongly that iOS controllers will never see widespread appeal.

      • mclifford82

        Unpopular here on TA (where just about any viewpoint you have is called into question), but as you say in the real world nobody wants these controllers.

    • toddfsu

      Mona's controller should have skipped the battery charger, and allowed for us to jam their phone or iPod in it, or use it closed as a stand alone controller for iPads

      • toddfsu

        Moga... Foiled by autocorrect once again.

  • jacknicklson

    No one is paying $100 for these

  • http://www.silentrocco.com/ Silent Rocco

    And another overpriced plastic gadget that will be a brick as soon as a new iPhone design is released.

  • H4nd0fg0d

    Total junk.

  • Squablo

    Yeah, you're right. It is a small market. That's why it makes total sense to make your market even smaller by not including every device that runs ios7. Seriously, which corporate genius decided that was a good idea? My iPad 3 and my wallet are waiting, and while they wait, they are looking over at a pile of accessories made for the 30 pin connector cable.........If you're going to sell a $100 controller, the least you could do is make one that works for my iPhone 5 AND my iPad 3.

  • Mhunt190

    .... >:( again with a $100 controller!! Wow looks like a no buy for me then!

  • blackbear219

    I wonder if a 3rd party lightning extension cable would allow these to work with an iPad?

    • blackbear219

      That being said, no sticks makes this a deal breaker regardless. Still curious about the above question for the MOGA though.

    • themostunclean

      That's a good question! I'd really like to know if that would work too. My gut says it would but I'd like to see if anyone else has tried it before wasting the $.

  • {SQUEEK}

    Nooooope

  • Boris Nguetie

    please stop mentioning the software support its got nothing to do with the controller itself plus they're obviously gonna update them since the controllers just came out...like today!!!!

  • zerilos

    Won't buy a controller without analogue sticks or iPad support. Seriously without analogue sticks I just don't see the point.

  • http://www.avault.com Saulo Benigno

    No analog? I want to see a toucharcade test like the MOGA one. Please. Same games.

  • Joe Welke

    No analog? No thanks.

    Will the company making a standalone MFi controller that works over Bluetooth please announce themselves?

    Will the company who can (possibly) crack the firmware on a Dualshock 3 and inject the MFi API, and have THAT work, please get cracking?!

  • ttocs

    These controllers are about 50 bucks too much. I'm not paying half if what I paid for my phone for a controller.

  • The Summer of George

    $100?? Good luck with that.