Category Archives: Accessories

MOGA Rebel MFi Controller Review - Easily the Best Full-Size iOS Controller Currently Available

It's been about a year that we've been living in a world of MFi controllers, but for a variety of reasons official controller support on iOS hasn't been the massive hit everyone expected it to be. While a few decent controllers have been released, none of them have been perfect or particularly "must have", and they all feel expensive compared to controllers on other gaming platforms...

Hands-On Video and Impressions of the MOGA Rebel MFi Controller

Yesterday, MOGA officially unveiled their first full-sized MFi controller for iOS devices, the MOGA Rebel. I had a chance to sit down with the final version of the hardware with company representatives in San Francisco and spend a little time trying it out. I'll be saving most of my thoughts for a full review in time for the controller's release next Wednesday, after spending the weekend really putting it through its paces, but for now here are some initial thoughts and a little hands-on video to give you a better idea of what the MOGA Rebel offers those looking for a decent full-size MFi controller...

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Bluetooth iOS 7 Controller Revealed at Mobile World Congress

Historically speaking for iOS gamers, despite being among the largest mobile conventions in the world, Mobile World Congress hasn't ever yielded much we'd be interested in. It's a conference filled with ten million variations of every nearly identical Android device, the hardware that powers cellular networks, and a bunch of other highly technical stuff that has nothing to do with iOS games...

If you've been keeping tabs on the iOS 7 controller scene since they started appearing last November, you'll remember that the Logitech Powershell dropped its price down to $69.99 and the SteelSeries Stratus lowered its price down to $79.99, both from their original MSRP of $99.99. Well, Moga is getting in on the controller price-dropping bandwagon too, as their Ace Power MFi controller is currently on sale for $79.99...

Hot on the tail of the SteelSeries Stratus is another Bluetooth iOS 7 controller out of CES. It's by a new brand called "Signal" which I am having zero luck finding anything about because companies named after plain nouns are nearly impossible to Google. Regardless, the press release insists that the Signal team includes "leading hardware and software developers with extensive MFi partnership experience, backed by management with a history of success in consumer electronics."..

SteelSeries Stratus iOS 7 Bluetooth Controller Review: A Great Controller, Graded on a Massive Curve

When I first heard that SteelSeries was making an iOS 7 controller, I got really excited. Previously, we've looked at both the MOGA Ace Power and the Logitech Powershell, the only two kids on the proverbial iOS 7 controller block and while it's awesome to have physical controls in iOS games, they're each difficult to recommend. Logitech and Moga are both great companies who have both been releasing accessories for years now, but SteelSeries has been making products specifically targeted at the hardcore gaming crowd since they were founded in early 2001. I've been a huge fan of their products for quite some time, and hooked up to my gaming PC is the fantastic SteelSeries Sensei mouse and a pair of SteelSeries Siberia v2 headphones. SteelSeries is among the brands of gizmos I trust, if I need new whatever and they make it, chances are I'll just buy whatever they've got. So, it was with lofty expectations that I unboxed the SteelSeries Stratus iOS 7 bluetooth game controller...

Hands-On With The MOGA Ace Power iOS 7 Game Controller

Potential. Potential is the word that kept ringing through my head throughout the entirety of my last week with the MOGA Ace Power controller. From our very first whiffs of new of iOS 7 game controllers to now, the potential that these devices could have on the iOS gaming landscape seems almost unfathomable. I'm not sure we're there yet, but the MOGA Ace Power is a very promising first entry into an ecosystem that I'm sure will be just as vast and varied as the rest of the iOS accessory world. My week with the MOGA was filled with some surprises, a few disappointments, and a whole lot of playing games that I didn't previously enjoy that were given new life with a controller...

App-controlled toys aren't really a new thing by any stretch of the imagination, as if you wind the clocks back to 2011 you'll find us posting about all sorts of 'em. The main difference here is that previous-generation iOS-controlled toys almost always required an ultra-clunky accessory you jammed in your headphone port to convert the app's output to infrared signals. The downfall of almost all of the toys I tested was that they both required line of sight and usually just didn't work that well- Even under ideal conditions...

As if our eyebrows could be raised any higher after Walking Dead and Bastion got controller support, Limbo [$1.99] is the latest "big name" title to gain iOS 7 controller support this week. Even more curious is that AVP Evolution, the first game to publicly state iOS 7 controller support has since had that line removed from its "What's New" listing on the App Store...

We've been really into everything to do with iOS 7 game controllers, as the idea is really exciting to us- Especially now that we're seeing big name games getting controller support. It seems really odd to me that both Telltale and Warner Bros. just said to their respective dev teams, "Hey guys, what are you doing today? Nothing? Let's add controller support." Instead, this smells of what might be the start of a much bigger push from Apple to get the "AAA" of the App Store ready for controllers... Whenever it is that they launch...

With iOS 7 officially out in the wild complete with support for MFi game controllers, it's not surprising that accessory companies are gearing up to unveil their own controller solutions for our mobile devices. Earlier today ClamCase unveiled their GameCase controller, which looks sort of like someone snapped an Xbox 360 controller in half over their knee and wedged an iPad mini in-between the two halves. Now Logitech is starting to hint over on Facebook that they're iOS controller is on the horizon, releasing this cheeky teaser image...

We've been hard and heavy into all sorts of iOS 7 controller rumors and speculation, but today is the first time we're actually seeing a real official iOS 7 controller revealed. It's called the GameCase, and it's from ClamCase, who currently are manufacturing a whole line of iPad stands and keyboard cases. ..

I really hate that we're reduced to this level of Apple tea leaf reading, but, here we are. If you're among the boatload of our readers who are totally excited for iOS 7 game controllers, here's some good evidence that they might be coming sooner rather than later: Apple is now approving game updates that specifically support controllers. AVP: Evolution [$2.99] is the first one that has popped up on our radar...

We don't usually post about iPhone cases, but these are pretty clever in that they're actually games in case form. So, in the event that you're totally out of battery and still want to play a game, you can wind the clocks back to the days of only having enough tickets at the arcade for a spider ring and the ball maze...

Back at E3 we got a look at Scosche's smarROLL Bluetooth dice. Our reaction was basically a resounding, "Huh, that's neat." Well, while it'd seem that Scosche is still on the hunt for developers to build things with their dice, the creatively named Polish company Game Technologies has started shipping their competing product, DICE+. A single DICE+ will run you $39.99 plus $7.99 shipping to get it across the Atlantic to the USA...

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