Following the release of the MOGA Ace Power earlier this week, Logitech has officially unveiled its PowerShell iOS 7 Game Controller for the iPhone 5s/5c/5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch (5G). Mobile games these days are slowly but perfectly moving away from dedicated gaming console devices and towards multipurpose ones like tablets and smartphones. In fact the top apps across stores like the App Store and Google Play tend to be of gaming variety.
Indeed it is small enough when playing games on touch-based device and in that there’s not tactile feel or more simply, no buttons – an all the problems arise when intended.
Being an iPhone owner, here’s a new feature built into the quickly adopted iOS 7. Now that Apple’s iPhone packs proper support for game controllers via these new features, accessory makers are beginning to announce the portable hardware built on top of its iOS 7’s new MFI (Made for iPhone) profile that they all hope we’ll be using to play games like Dead Trigger 2 – a first person shooter that would certainly benefit from hardware buttons on a smartphone.
The Logitech PowerShell released as a game controller for iOS 7 running iPhone and iPod touch 5G devices with a pretty standard fare. A d-pad sits on the left hand side and four colored buttons flank the iPhone’s screen on the either side. Shoulder buttons are on the, well, PowerShell’s shoulders and the whole thing comes with a 1,500mAh battery power built-in so that gamers won’t have to worry about their phone being dead when they’ve finished shooting zombies in the head.
The form-fitting controller is made to plug into the Lightning port on a newer iOS device and features console-style controls including a directional pad, shoulder bumpers, and face buttons. The iOS 7 controller also allows for headphones to be connected through an included adopter, and also leaves the volume up/down buttons, ring/silent switch, and power/sleep button of an iOS device fully accessible. Logitech’s controller can also works as a charger for an iOS device with its 1500mAh battery inside, when the iPhone is plugged into the controller, and can be changed simultaneously with a device through the iOS controller’s micro-USB port.
The PowerShell will cost $99 and can be bought from Best Buy and Apple Stores in the U.S. From today, with a worldwide launch coming next month. Still no words on international pricing as yet, but based on that $99 price we don’t expect it to be pancake. The final design of the controller is also consistent with leaked images of the device released in October.
Currently, games such as Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and Bastion offer controller support with additional developers pledging to build controller support into their apps now, that the hardware is available to customers. Next!
PowerShell is compatible to work with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch. MOGA Ace Power iOS 7 game controller on the either hand is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and the iPod touch 5G. Big competition is right under your knees!
Now that both MOGA and Logitech has started shipping Ace Power and PowerShell respectively, and no surprise to see others join the iOS game controller sooner rather than later.
The Logitech PowerShell Controller is available today for $99.99 from Bestbuy.com and the Apple Online Store, with an expanded international release set for December.