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Apple Said to Launch Dedicated iOS Gaming Controller [Update]

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Pocketgamer.biz reports Apple is set to launch an official gaming joypad, according to its anonymous developer sources at the 2013 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

…Apple has been active during the conference talking to developers about its plans and ensuring plenty of games will support the joypad at launch.

It’s been operating a meeting room at the show, albeit booked under a pseudonym company name to avoid media attention.

Multiple anonymous developers confirmed the news to the site, with Apple expected to announce the gaming accessory at an April press event. No one has seen or held the alleged gaming pad, which is obvious consider Apple’s secrecy over unreleased products.

Although Apple’s multi-touch is by far the best in the industry, nothing beats a physical gaming controller. Back in April of last year, AnandTech revealed they had knowledge of an Apple game controller, fuelling speculation one could be released in the near future. The third-party market has become quite popular over the years, as we have seen offerings such as the Ion iCade Mobile.

An iOS gaming controller would bring a new dimension to the way titles are played on the iPad and even when connected to an Apple TV. A fantasy for many would be for Apple to release a physical gaming controller at the same time when Nintendo decides to port its entire NES, SNES and N64 library to the App Store–but that’s wishful thinking.

IDC reported in February combined iOS and Android game spending had already surpassed that of traditional handhelds. Are you interested in a dedicated gaming controller from Apple?

Update: This story has been struck down by Jim Dalrymple from The Loop with a “nope”.

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  • This has been my dream for a long time. Sure there are issues with the idea. But it kinda bridges the gap between hardcore gamer and touchscreen gamer. Give me a nice gaming controller, and the ability to load gaming data on an enhanced appletv and gaming just got real affordable. Ya know?

  • “A fantasy for many would be for Apple to release a physical gaming
    controller at the same time when Nintendo decides to port its entire
    NES, SNES and N64 library to the App Store–but that’s wishful thinking.”

    This dream is already a reality (with jailbreaking of course). There are already emulators available for iOS that support wiimotes + classic controllers, and combined with an HDMI adaptor I already do retro gaming on my HDTV. Some emulators even support the new Wii U Pro controller, which basically turns my iphone 5 into a SNES/Genesis/NES/MAME console on my TV complete with a wireless controller. My past gaming experiences live on!

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