Game developer Gameloft has launched the Duo Gamer, a gaming kit that includes a wireless gamepad and a stand for propping up an iPad. When hooked up and running, the kit essentially gives you a nice console-y feel, with a controller that’s built for the button-mashing that you can’t do on a multi-touch screen.
While it’s listed, and usually depicted, to work with the iPad, it’ll also work with the iPhone and iPod touch. The controller itself features a familiar button layout, with a four-way D-pad, two analog sticks, four action buttons on the right side, and two triggers along the top edge.
Unfortunately – and perhaps predictably as Gameloft’s hardware controller is only compatible with Gameloft’s games. On the bright side, Gameloft has come out with a number of premium, console-worthy titles for iOS. The site currently lists support for N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 7: Heat, and Order & Chaos Online, with support for Brothers in Arms 2 and Modern Combat 3 “coming soon”.
The Duo Gamer is set to ship in the fall from Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Apple stores for $80. Certainly pricey for a game controller that only works with a number of games, but if you’re into Gameloft’s titles, then it could be a worthwhile investment.