Control Pad for iPhone Makes It More Like a Portable
While mobile games can be great fun and even push blur the barrier between the capabilities of portables and smartphones, there’s one facet that’s usually painfully lacking: a physical, tactile and responsive control pad.
If that’s a concern for you and you’re willing to part with $75, though, you can order the iControlPad, a Bluetooth peripheral that snaps gamepad controls to your smartphone. It looks a whole lot like the signature slide-down gamepad that comes on Sony Ericsson’s newly announced Xperia Play.
Don’t go running for your credit card numbers just yet, though, iPhone gamers. While the control pad is compatible with Apple’s iDevices, as well as the Blackberry Touch, HTC Dream and T-Mobile G1 (among a handful of others), it might not be compatible with your games.
The iControlPad website mentions that the company behind the peripheral is working to get game developers to support the device. You’ll want to do some research before you shell out for this thing, as $74.99 is kind of steep for a device that might not work with your games. But if it does work, iControlPad could finally make all those Sega ports like Virtua Fighter II worth purchasing (because their on-screen controls are totally irritating).