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Rumour: Apple Working On Official iPad Controller

Uh oh.

This would be brilliant. Everyone’s rushing around stumbling over PS4 and Xbox 720 and – hello – in comes Apple with an official controller for the iPad and iPhone.

Sure, it’s hardly official – basically a slightly throwaway comment as part of a review – but it’s starting to gain a little bit of traction now and – let’s be honest – this would really upset the applecart.  If you’ll excuse the pun.

“While controller support in Android in its infancy at best, it’s more than iOS currently offers,” said the original author, Anand Lal Shimpi.

“I know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market, but whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen.”

I’ve played with the iCADE and it’s great, but an official one would garner much more developer support and would – finally – put a stop to the naysayers who think touch controls were invented by some hideous underworld entity.

We’ll see.

  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    There’s one massive, massive flaw in the whole “Ooh Ipad 3 to be a games console thing”

    16 gigs of storage. Yeah, good luck fitting Mass Effect 3 on that.

    Will have to be yet another new system to complete against PS4 or 720.

    Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 17:33.
    • Yahavage
      Since: Apr 2010

      But think of how many different variations of angry birds you can hold on 16gig! D:

      Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 21:22.
    • JesseDeya
      Since: Jan 2010

      There is other obstacles obstacles which nofi, cc and others are missing here too.

      1) Price.

      Apple charge $35 AUD for an iPad sd card reader, $45 for an HDMI out convertor and $99 for in ear headphones. How much do you think a game controller will be? I’m tipping at least $99. That’s 1/3 the price of a vita or a PS3/Xbox right there – and they all come with a controller.

      2) Lowest common denominator.

      There might be 100 billion iPads out in the wild, but developers aren’t going to suddenly start making games that are designed for controller input just because Apple has one on the market. There will be three types of games:

      A) Touch screen only (every iPad and iPhone in existence)
      B) Controller only (only the people who have bought a controller)
      C) Touch screen primary with controller optional (every iPad and iPhone in existence)

      If your a developer and you can make a game that will sell to everyone (A or C) or just a small subset of the market (B) which would you choose? I think most will choose option C to be fair, but what that means is that the games won’t feel like console games, they’ll feel like touch screen games that have a controller crowbarred in. It’s the same problem Move and Kinect face tbh.

      The beauty of Vita is that devs have a known, guaranteed hardware spec and controller set to design to. With the variants of tablets and (now) potential controller options out there you won’t get that on ios or android. That and the fact that even the very best looking Tegra tablet games still can’t match most console titles for graphics, AI, gameplay, sound or multiplayer – despite what cc seems to think. It’s not just the console exclusives that look better, it’s everything made in the last two years.

      Written from my iPad 2.

      Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 07:19.
  2. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Will never replace the consoles…..

    Comment posted on 02/04/2012 at 21:45.
  3. DJ Judas
    Since: Aug 2008

    Connecting to the TV is a no-no; gadgets need to be self sufficient without needing to be plugged into other pieces of kit to work in addition to their primary function. Phones and tablets already have a function, plugging into the TV will only be a gimmick and won’t rival the dedicated systems, short of releasing a dedicated machine of Apple’s own.

    I could play all my Full HD media through my phone plugging it into the TV, but I don’t because it’s a little more effort than using a console that has this as a key function.

    However I’m sure Apple will try to persuade the fruity-faithful that Apple products need to be the center of their living room, with a handy dock for your locked-down phone or pad of choice (or lack thereof).

    I like my dedicated systems, I like things having sole, or few dedicated functions. Additional abilities are great until a certain point where it just becomes cluttered and jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

    Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 00:24.
  4. aerobes
    Since: Aug 2009

    Goes against everything the device stands for surely? :S It’d probably turn out to be great but I’m skeptical.

    Comment posted on 03/04/2012 at 04:59.

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