The gaming press has been all abuzz over the just released, PlayStation 4, and the pending, Xbox One from Sony and Microsoft, respectively. Getting almost no attention is Apple's gaming initiative, now coming to fruition. This Summer, Apple revealed its secret plans to developers for official, third-party, game controller support. Today, Logitech has made good on that potential by releasing the POWERSHELL CONTROLLER + BATTERY: a game controller for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Even more exciting, this is not the only game controller to consider this holiday. I expect one from Belkin at anytime. The POWERSHELL will be featured in Apple's online store, giving this category of product a great deal of credibility. I'm not much of a gamer, and will likely, never review this product. What games I play are on the iPad. Somehow, I doubt Candy Crush is ever going to get game controller support. Okay, I admit it. I have a problem.
Candy Crush addiction aside, that is not the only game not supported. What you have to realize is that these are early days. The hardware has leapt ahead of developer support. Though the frameworks are baked into iOS 7, there is no substitute for game developers coding for specific hardware. These controllers are just starting to hit the market. It will be a while before a large number of titles are supported. I suspect there will be a big push for supported titles as the holidays approach.
For $99, you will get a game controller built for your 4", iOS device. It has triggers, face buttons, shoulder buttons, and all the stuff console gamers seem to care about. I don't even know what any of that is. But, people who are in the know say it's pretty good. Additionally, it has a built-in battery for charging your iPhone or iPod touch. I suspect that playing intensive, high-end games for long hours can really take its toll on a battery. With the POWERSHELL, you don't have to worry about that. iOS gaming is already huge. Now, there is a new reason for Sony and Microsoft to look over their shoulder buttons.