iOS and Game Controllers

Despite a $100 price point, the MOGA ACE POWER does not feel like a premium controller
— Polygon

This week saw a couple of new game controllers (that were rumored to be in the works for iOS) released, thanks to the new infrastructure Apple has built into iOS 7 [TheFrustum - Apple & Gaming]. The first one was the MOGA ACE POWER Controller [MOGA's official site] and the second one was the Logitech POWERSHELL CONTROLLER [Logitech's official site]. Though these are revolutionary ideas, apparently at least the MOGA's controller falls greatly short of expectations according to most of the early reviews [Polygon's MOGA's controller review]. Polygon's review does mention the good track record of MOGA and hopes that this could be just an anomaly. Logitech's controller reviews are not out yet and I am eager for the first reviews.

While Moga’s first attempt at an officially-licensed iOS controller clearly misses the mark, the company has had success in the past with mobile gaming controllers, so this may have just been a step in the wrong direction.
— Polygon
iOS usage statistics in US (Source: blog.flurry.com)

iOS usage statistics in US (Source: blog.flurry.com)

iPhone is a great mobile device and I use it much more than any other electronics I own, including the iPad, mainly because it is always with me. But the more I want to play intensive games on my iPhone, the touchscreen does little to help. Though Apple and Steve Jobs were famously criticized (based on mostly rumors) to have been overlooking Gamers both in Mac OS and iOS, even Apple cannot debate the fact that games are what most of the users use iOS devices for [Flurry usage statistics]. Agreed that most of these users do not play serious games (Candycrush does not require an game controller!) that require an external controller, but since there are lot of intensive games being developed for iOS, it is only logical to assume that if a better controller is available for the iOS devices, more serious Gamers will start adopting iOS as a gaming platform.

Time spent: Phones v/s Tablets (Source: blog.flurry.com)

Time spent: Phones v/s Tablets (Source: blog.flurry.com)

I used to own a Sony PSP and loved it, much more than even the Microsoft Xbox that I have, just because it is so much easier to play with PSP anywhere and not just sitting in front of the TV, as with the Xbox. iPhone has a serious potential to be the next PSP and even better it as the iPhone is already a great mobile device for things other than gaming, like social networking, surfing the Internet, as an MP3 player, etc. Another interesting statistic from the Flurry survey [Time spent: Phones v/s Tablets] is that users play games on tablets twice more than on mobile phones. Now does that mean game controllers for the iPad? Why not... remember Razer Edge [A Windows 8 gaming tablet]?