Category Archives: Accessories

If you're an Amazon Prime member (or are willing to sign up for the free 30-day trial), you should take advantage of Prime Day, Amazon's one-day sale on a ton of stuff, and there are some good deals for iPhone and iPad related accessories. And you can help TouchArcade while you're taking advantage of the sale. For instance, there's the Nulaxy Dual Foldable Stand that will work with your iPads, iPhones, and Switch for $13.99. I have a stand like that, and it's very useful for when you want to use your MFi controller or just playing a game that only needs occasional screen taps. You can also get the Anker PowerCore (10000mAh or 13000mAh) for pretty cheap, and those are great for gaming on the go...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Likely to Launch as a $4.99 Premium Title, as Gamevice Bundle Goes up for Preorder

The excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition has hit fever pitch as of late, with an endless barrage of teaser trailers revealing new fighters, MFi support and a whole host of features that are set to make Capcom's mobile brawler a serious challenger amongst the App Store fighting game community. Only last week did Gamevice release a new video that showcased Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition being played with one of their eponymous devices, and today the accessory company have revealed that an exclusive Street Fighter Bundled Edition is available to pre-order on their website, with a release date of July 2017. As we discovered last week, the Capcom Mobile Facebook page has previously suggested that the latest mobile iteration of Street Fighter will launch in 'early July', so the shipping date of the Gamevice controller should tie in nicely with the game's App Store launch. However, as eagle-eyed forum member ac166 has discovered, the fact that the bundle comes with a $5 Apple Gift Card strongly suggests that Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition will launch for $4.99 as a fully premium title...




Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD are capable of delivering the full 18 watts the Switch needs, actually allowing you to charge and play at the same time...

For serious mobile gamers, the need for a good headset is ever-increasing. There's the streaming community, of course, with various platforms for streaming mobile games out there. Games like Vainglory [Free] work better with the ability to chat with teammates. And if you get games of Modern Combat Versus going, you'll want to chat with folks on Discord while you do so. But the gaming headset market is such an interesting market because it's so ripe for disruption by companies that know how to make good headphones. Popular brands like Razer are far more about branding and style with their headphones than with sound quality. As well, older gamers or those with a more subdued sense of style might not like the loud designs that these use. So, competitors have a blue ocean of opportunity to compete in this market. We've seen the HyperX Cloud, which took a smart path by utilizing a solid OEM headphone and adapting it to have a microphone. And of course, intriguing options exist with external microphones such as the ModMic. Sennheiser is one of the oldest and most respected headphone companies around. They've been making great headphones for decades, and the Sennheiser HD600 family remains a top pick for audiophiles. My Sennheiser HD580, an older model in that family, has an impressive natural sound to it once you give it the proper amplification. But Sennheiser also has made some entries into the consumer range, with their Sennheiser Momentum headphones, and the Sennheiser HD598 family providing consumer-friendly, entry-level audiophile sound at a great entry price. Sennheiser is making bigger steps in the PC gaming headset category, and one of their latest entries is the PC 373D...

If you do any kind of activity that involves your voice, you need at least a decent microphone. While voice chat, Skype calls, and mics for streaming are traditionally associated with PC and console gaming, we're increasingly seeing activities that require microphones happening on mobile. Streaming is more open than ever on mobile between services like Mobcrush that even have native iOS streaming support. Apps like Discord [Free] make it easy to work together with fellow guild or clan members, with voice chat support that works straight from your phone. Or maybe you talk to your family a lot via FaceTime (which uses a higher-quality audio codec than standard cellular calls) and want something that sounds good to them. Now, while you could use the microphone that comes on cheap pack-in earbuds, you're sacrificing a lot of quality, as these microphones are built for convenience, not for quality. If you do anything regularly with your voice, you and anyone who has to listen to you deserves a microphone of better quality. ..

A second generation of Gamevice controllers is imminently on its way, bringing dirct, Lightning-connected MFi controller action to devices. The second generation differentiates itself from the first generation through some key changes. For one, the controllers are now iOS-powered instead of using an internal battery. The micro-USB charging port is now a Lightning port that charges the device. The thumbsticks have also been improved. And most importantly, the most recent iOS devices are supported. All iPhones including the 7 & 7 Plus are supported by the Gamevice for iPhone. As well, there's a Gamevice for the iPad Mini, Air and Pro 9.7...and a Gamevice for iPad Pro 12.9? What?!..

The long-awaited Pokemon GO [Free] accessory that helps you catch Pokemon while out and about is finally available: you can now buy the Pokemon GO Plus. Do note that finding it might be a bit tough – Amazon and GameStop are the primary retailers, but are both sold out online. I'd call around town to various GameStops if you need it today. Otherwise, you might have to wait until the hype dies down a bit to nab one for yourself...

Pokemon GO Plus, the wrist-worn device that connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and allows you to play Pokemon GO [Free], finally has a release date: Next Friday, September 16th. You may recall that the Plus was originally announced to launch before the end of July, but was delayed until sometime in September. Well, now we know when that sometime is! The device will set you back about $35 and will be compatible with iPhone 5 devices and above running at least iOS 8. It'll also be compatibile with Android devices equipped with 2GB of RAM and running Android version 4.4-6.0, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for low-power consumption. ..

Lost in all the hysteria over the potential for virtual reality is the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear VR might be the most mature virtual reality solution yet, not only because the hardware is made in partnership with Oculus, but because the third revision of the Gear VR is set to hit. With the new Galaxy Note 7 announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2016, the Gear VR's latest revision was part of the festivities, bringing some improvements and one feature that could prove useful to the device's future...

If you want an iOS MFi controller that holds your device and isn't just a Bluetooth controller, then good news: it just became easier to get your hands on the Gamevice. Starting today, you can pick up the Gamevice at Apple Stores around the world, for $99.95 each. Now, that is expensive in comparison to other controllers – the SteelSeries Nimbus goes for $49.99 after all, and my personal favorite the Mad Catz CTRLi can be found for the same price (and it features an iPhone clip). But the advantage is of course getting a wired connection, and there's definitely a benefit to having the system held in place at a comfortable angle...

I'm kind of picky with audio quality – not too much, but a bit more than many folks. Where most of our Mobcrush streamers use basic setups for their streaming from iPad, I go crazy using an audio mixer and good headphones with microphones. For a while I was using the Yamaha AG03 mixer on loan for review, but after returning it, I picked up a Behringer Xenyx302 that does a good enough job though I want to pick up the AG06 at some point. For my headphones, I was using the V-Moda M-100 with the BoomPro detachable boom microphone. But an issue I was having was that the headphones were isolating myself from my own voice too much. Combined with the always-on voice monitoring on the Xenyx302, this meant other people in my house could hear me talking because I'm probably yelling. I have open-back headphones that would isolate less, but I didn't have the boom microphone setup that I prefer for streaming, particularly when I'm streaming from an iPad that can move about. A desktop mic in this situation might not be preferable, and a complicated microphone setup seems excessive for streaming games straight from an iPad. Thankfully, an opportunity to review the ModMic 4.0 came around, and I jumped on it to see just how well this commonly-recommended solution works for headphones...

The problem with gaming headsets is that you're often trading quality for convenience. And the expensive gaming headsets don't often mean that you're getting a better product if you care about sound quality. Many premium brands focus on style and branding and the sound quality suffers. If you want to drop some serious coin on a gaming headset, don't. Buy a good set of headphones, preferably open-back ones, and add your own mic. But there is a line where the cost of adding a mic to a set of headphones is prohibitive. Right now, the HyperX Clous sits on that line. Audiophile communities name these as one of the few gaming headsets they recommend. So, after a PAX South meeting with HyperX, I took the Cloud II for a spin...

Blue Lola Headphones Review: Good Microphone Maker Also Good at Headphones

Blue Microphones has been most known for their, well, microphones. It's not uncommon to see someone at least somewhat dedicated to higher-quality microphones than built-in setups to be rocking the Blue Snowball or Yeti. Blue has started getting into headphones as well, and their second pair, Lola, is a fantastic entry into the market. The Lola is a bit bulky, but it offers fantastic, balanced sound for the price...

Kingston's HyperX brand has largely been known for gamer-targeted, performance-focused computer components, but HyperX has started jumping into the gaming headset buiness recently, and with smashing results. The HyperX Cloud and Cloud II, priced at $79.99 and $99.99, are among the few well-regarded gaming headsets in the audiophile community in their price range. The headsets have good noise isolation, good sound for gaming, are remarkably comfortable, boast durable metal construction, and have detachable microphones. The Cloud II differs from the Cloud I in that it comes with a memory foam headband, and a 7.1 USB DAC for virtual surround sound. As well, the Cloud Core for $59.99 at Gamestop cuts out some of the optional acessories such as the travel pouch and optional earpads. ..

The world of MFi controllers is still struggling to find its way more than two years after being introduced to iOS. There are quite a few controller options available nowadays, some quite good, some that are pretty terrible, and none that are absolute stand-out, must-own devices. However, one of the better MFi solutions to come along is the Gamevice from Wikipad. ..

With mobile gaming poised to play a more serious role down the road in gaming culture as a whole, I'd expect video – both YouTubers and streamers – to play a bigger role. And while you could just use whatever headset you want, what if you want to do some more complicated audio things? What if you wanted to bring in remote people to your videos, or play outside sounds easily? Or would you rather adjust your volume precisely on the fly with a hardware switch, instead of software solutions? Or what if you had high-end audio equipment you'd love to use on your iOS? Yamaha has introduced a pair of audio mixing consoles – the AG03 and AG06, designed for consumers and gamers, featuring easy support for 3.5mm audio headsets, digital support for iOS devices, and more, all at a reasonable price for a quality audio mixer: $149.99 street price for the AG03, and $199 for the AG06...

I feel like mobile technology needs some kind of universal constant we can cite, something along the lines of Rule 34, that says "A case exists for every conceivable piece of portable electronics." We saw it with ridiculous cases for the Apple Watch, and history is once again repeating itself with the Apple TV remote. Griffin is the first of what I'm sure will be many different accessory manufacturers making cases for the remote, with the silicon Survivor Play for Siri Remote. ..

The Crissaegrim NES30 Pro isn't 8bitdo Tech's first portable iOS gamepad, but it's certainly the flashiest. Normally, I'd be skeptical that the NES30 Pro actually exists—the internet is littered with vaporware accessories gussied-up to look like old Nintendo products—but the Hong Kong-based company has other gamepads at a reasonable price on honest-to-goodness retailers, so I'll play along...

In case your nostalgia for the 1990's, video games, and 1990's video games hasn't been sufficiently commodified, peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin has today's Internet curio: the so-called Smart Boy, an add-on that turns your iPhone 6 into, well, a Nintendo Game Boy...

When I received the Turtle Beach Ear Force i30 Headphones for review, my hope was that they could solve the problem that exists with cheaper Bluetooth headsets that I've used: audio latency that makes them unpleasant to use with games. If anyone could sort it out, why not Turtle Beach, with a $300 headset made specifically for iOS? They are well-known for their gaming headsets, and I have a wired headset that I bought a few years ago that works well for what I need when I need it...

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