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Top 4 iOS Game Controllers Introduced at E3 2014

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Mobile games usually come in second behind console and PC titles at E3. Fortunately, iOS gamers weren't completely forgotten. And while the focus of this year's expo still didn't rely heavily on the iOS platform, there were a few gaming accessories on display that may be of interest to iOS gamers, including several MFi controllers. Companies like Mad Catz and Razer had styles that fit the iPhone, while others had controllers large enough for the iPad. Here's a look at a few of them:

Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i/Micro

The C.T.R.L.i controller connects to any iOS device via Bluetooth, but it also comes with a clip specifically for iPhone use. You'll find face and shoulder buttons, analog sticks, and a D-pad like typical console-style controllers. The C.T.R.L.i Micro is virtually identical, albeit slightly smaller. This is the company's first foray into iOS gaming, and both are expected to arrive in the spring. 

Razer Junglecat Controller

Razer's Junglecat game controller attaches directly to your iPhone and boasts a slim profile. The D-pad, ABXY action buttons, and bumpers are still there, but the controls may seem cramped when compared to full-sized controllers. An accompanying app lets you remap buttons, adjust sensitivity levels, and set up personalized profiles for booting up games.

SteelSeries Stratus XL

The Stratus XL from SteelSeries functions with the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The XL is comparable in size to an Xbox controller and is essentially a large-scale model of the original Stratus. So far, over 300 iOS games are supported. If you were a fan of the first generation Stratus then the XL may be an option worth looking into.

Signal RP One

Another full-scale controller, Signal's RP One works with iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. Aesthetically, Signal's MFi controller appears to take on a more basic look. It comes with a Lithium Ion battery that reportedly holds a charge for 10 hours, and a stand to support your Apple devices. The RP One isn't flashy, but it includes many of the bells and whistles that most gamers would utilize. Although, the $99.99 price tag may deter early buyers. 

 

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Jordan Joynt is a digital producer and freelance technology writer. He covers the latest apps, mobile games, and accessories for Apple’s mobile products. You can see some of his articles on www.jordanjoynt.com.