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Apple shows iOS 7 game controller plans

Apple shows iOS 7 game controller plans

Apple's new iOS 7 game controllers.

Apple has confirmed that it will license official iOS 7 game controllers that at least initially are to be produced by Logitech and Moga.

The reveal came during a session at WWDC where, during a 45-min presentation, Apple outlined the requirements for the new devices, showing hardware mock-ups and talking through best-practice guidelines.

Two types of controller will be available: one that wraps around iPhones and iPod touches and one that is a separate device for use with tablets.

The first, described as a “form-fitting extended gamepad” features a typical array of controls, with a D-pad, ABXY buttons, two analogue-sticks and pairs of shoulder buttons. Interestingly, Apple has suggested a tall and slim design, with the buttons at either end of the iDevice, rather than a shorter, squatter layout with some of the controls sitting below the screen. The designs also specifically mention that the touchscreen will still be accessible.

The separate controller design, has a chunkier, more compact design and is every bit the typical game controller, with again the same offering of buttons.

One unique Apple feature is a pause button that allows for quick access to the menu of iOS games, preventing the need to navigate the main interface in between games.

Apple was also keen to emphasise that both iOS 7 controllers will have pressure-sensitive analogue sticks without a dead zone, non-drifting D-pads and fast button response times.

No mention is made of the form-fitting controller offering extended battery life, suggesting this isn't something Apple will allow.

Specifics on when the controllers would come to market were not forthcoming. Instead the presentation slides simply stated availability as being in Autumn (Fall), which is as specific as the company has been about the iOS7 release date.

Apple shows iOS 7 game controller plans

Apple shows iOS 7 game controller plans

Apple shows iOS 7 game controller plans

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dipzy 15th June 2013, 12:20 Quote
i hope these working with game like, GTA III and vice city as well as real racing and others.
Aracos 15th June 2013, 12:41 Quote
I hope there's a way to charge the phone with the form fitting controller, if you're gaming for extended periods on a phone then you would probably like to play and charge at the same time.
XXAOSICXX 15th June 2013, 16:37 Quote
You're gonna look like a proper tw@t when you're playing your game using the form-fitting version and you get a phone call :/
sotu1 15th June 2013, 16:52 Quote
That's a bit of a surprise...but welcome news. still, penetration and availability of these things is going to be low so not expecting any quality games to support this for a while.
knightyc 15th June 2013, 22:10 Quote
form fitting = psp

am I the only one sees that?
fdbh96 15th June 2013, 22:36 Quote
This could finally make FPS games playable on mobile devices. Sure controllers for ios have been out for a while, but if apple have a standard for them in app design, then I assume that it will make it easier for developers to use, and to reassure them that people will use it.
Aracos 16th June 2013, 01:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by knightyc
form fitting = psp

am I the only one sees that?

It's the PSVita not PSP.
Guinevere 17th June 2013, 09:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by dipzy
i hope these working with game like, GTA III and vice city as well as real racing and others.

They'll work with any game that is modified to use the new APIs Apple is adding to iOS 7. They will NOT work with any game that is not modified... not even a little bit.
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No mention is made of the form-fitting controller offering extended battery life, suggesting this isn't something Apple will allow.

I disagree. Apple don't mention that adding battery extenders to form fitting controllers is disallowed and therefore it wrong to suggest that Apple will not pass controllers through the MFi scheme if they include an extended battery pack.
Guinevere 17th June 2013, 09:58 Quote
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Two types of controller will be available: one that wraps around iPhones and iPod touches and one that is a separate device for use with tablets.

It's actually three types of controller and Apple are not specific on what type of controller can be built for what type of device.
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A standard form-fitting controller: An iOS device sits inside the controller and the player can access both the iOS device’s screen and the controller elements.

An extended form-fitting controller: An iOS device sits inside the controller and the player can access both the iOS device’s screen and the controller elements.

An extended wireless controller: A controller that wirelessly connects to an iOS device or Mac.

Source: Apple

So according to Apple you can even have a formfitting controller for an iPad not just smaller devices and such controllers can come in normal and extended flavours, differing by the shoulder buttons and analogue sticks.

As a game controller device I expect the 'extended' to be the norm but we may see cases with standard controllers built in too.

And you can use four external controllers with one device. Gaming through an Apple TV anyone?

Oh, you do all know these images are just illustrative of where the buttons should sit on a controller and are not blueprints on what these controllers will actually look like? Of course there will probably be controllers that mirror this layout but the exact config will be up those who build the controllers.

http://www.anony.ws/i/2013/06/17/4Thc.png
Paulg1971 17th June 2013, 10:01 Quote
I wonder if Sony will sue them because the buttons and sticks are the same layout, seems to work for apple.
Stanley Tweedle 17th June 2013, 12:19 Quote
I envisage a future where corporations make profit solely on court battles over patents for non-existent hardware. They won't actually need to produce any hardware... just design something on paper then fight it out in court.
Unicorn 17th June 2013, 20:47 Quote
"Let's create a case with physical buttons on it to put the touchscreen device that fuelled the entire touchscreen device revolution of the past 6 years into"

Mmmmm, no. Not for me thanks.
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