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Power Ace charges your iPhone while you play games

MOGA has just announced that it has a new controller designed for iOS 7 devices that will be launching soon called the Ace Power. The Ace Power is the very first controller made specifically for the iPhone and fifth-generation iPod Touch that uses the Lighting connector and supports iOS 7.
The controller has its own internal 1800 mAh battery to keep your smartphone charged while you play video games on the go. The controller itself has a pair of analog joysticks and each side of the controller also has shoulder buttons. The right side of the controller has four additional gaming buttons and the left side has its own d-pad.

When the controller is in use it collapses down to make itself more portable. When stretched out, the iPhone or iPod Touch fits in the center of the controller putting the controls on each end of the screen.
One caveat to the Ace Power controller is that games do have to be designed specifically to support the controller. However, MOGA expects a number of developers will opt to support the controller.
Gizmodo spent some hands-on time with the Ace Power controller and notes that while everything functions, it feels flimsy and rather cheap. Overall, Gizmodo liked the device and expects it to be popular. 

Sources: Apple Insider, Gizmodo

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Meh ...
By MistaP on 11/19/2013 1:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
I jumped ship on the iOS devices. I imagine the game combatability issue for this device will plague it to death; what with iOS being so locked down the user has few to no options to try and make workarounds. I will stick with my Note 3 and a gameklip for my portable gaming needs. If you never heard of gameklip it lets you mount your phone to a ps3 remote and control your games that way ... and it works on almost every game I have tried. It is a must have if you are into emulation.

RE: Meh ...
By retrospooty on 11/19/2013 1:56:16 PM , Rating: 2
I read that IOS7 opened up to 3rd parties to make game controllers, so this should in theory work well... It's just the screen size that lacks.

RE: Meh ...
By MistaP on 11/19/2013 3:43:51 PM , Rating: 3
It isn't the making of controllers but rather that the games have to support the controller too. Historically iOS hasn't been friendly to people who do a lot of customization and playing with how the os operates. If this still rings true then people will have a hard time making workarounds to get games not supporting the pad to work anyway.

RE: Meh ...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/19/13, Rating: -1
RE: Meh ...
By kmmatney on 11/20/2013 3:04:59 AM , Rating: 2
I jumped ship from iOS to Android a few weeks ago (to get a bigger screen), but as of then you had to Jailbreak to run emulators. If you did Jailbreak, they ran quite well, except for the small screen size. I don't see why something similar couldn't be made for Android, going through a micro usb connector (or bluetooth).

RE: Meh ...
By chripuck on 11/20/2013 1:02:11 PM , Rating: 3
iOS 7 opened up a massive API base for built in controllers, thus the recent explosion of options. There's no deep integration into the OS required, simply games that utilize the new API. Given the main (and the only definitive) superiority of the iOS platform over Android is the App store, I don't imagine it will take long.

Don't bother arguing that the Play Store is equal, I have devices on both platforms and it's simply not true.

Nice product, but...
By retrospooty on 11/19/2013 12:59:14 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like even the Moga think the iPhone is way too small.

RE: Nice product, but...
By Nortel on 11/19/2013 2:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think this Moga thing is freaking huge. It looks like they cut a x-box controller in half.

RE: Nice product, but...
By retrospooty on 11/19/2013 3:02:34 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I thought. It looks like it was meant for something bigger.

With that said, something like that would be great for an iPad mini or full size. Assuming it worked perfectly.

Some of the 3rd party ones I have used are more of a pain in the arse than they are worth.

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By Motoman on 11/19/2013 10:21:13 PM , Rating: 1
In capitalist America, iPhone plays you!

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