Is Logitech about to launch a gamepad that wraps around the iPhone?

The iPhone is home to tons of great casual games, including the likes of Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and many, many more. However, playing some hardcore games made on Apple's handset can be a pain as the touchscreen has not really been designed for games like first person shooters.

That may soon change. Apple added support for gamepads with the iOS 7 update and now the well known web leaker @evleaks has posted up a couple of images on his Twitter account today showing off what he claims is an iPhone gamepad accessory that's being made by Logitech.

The image shows that the gamepad wraps around the iPhone like a cover but also makes the handset longer thanks to the D-pad on the left and the Xbox-like A-B-X-Y buttons on the right. There are also what appear to be two trigger buttons on top. The back of the pad looks like it has a textured surface where the hands should go, which should offer a better grip.

Assuming these images are real (and @evleaks has been pretty reliable in the past), this new cover accessory should be a huge benefit for people who love to game on their iPhone but don't care much for touchscreen controls, which are often less than ideal. There's no word on when this add-on will be released nor at what price point.

Source: @evleaks on Twitter

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19 Comments

warwagon said,
Actually that looks pretty sweet Atari Linx FTW!

I believe it was spelt 'Lynx', however I agree with your sentiment.

Spicoli said,
So you can get a ridiculously expensive and sadly underpowered portable game system? Pass.

Hey Mr haterman, the apple a6/a7 are some the most powerful soc's in any portable device, dedicated gaming handhelds included. Not an appropriate time for butthurt, save it for the "windows phone gains .1% marketshare in Asia" articles.

Sent from my iPhone

Spicoli said,
So you can get a ridiculously expensive and sadly underpowered portable game system? Pass.
Games run quite nice on the iPhone 5. A phone is not meant to be a "powerful" gaming system.

Lord Method Man said,
Posters like this guy and his ilk make me want to dump MS completely and actually switch to iPhone.

Sorry, personal attacks won't make you any less ripped off buying into the Apple marketing BS. Welcome to logic.

Spicoli said,
Yea, okay. I could get an Xbox One and PS4 for what that ridiculously priced sadly performing phone and game pad would cost. Suckers.

100000% agree. I can't wait to bring my PS4 with me on a bus so I can play games on my way to work.

Spicoli said,
Yea, okay. I could get an Xbox One and PS4 for what that ridiculously priced sadly performing phone and game pad would cost. Suckers.
I remember when I was young and stubborn. Copy and paste your comments, reflect upon them in 10 years, and have a hearty laugh.

Spicoli said,

Sorry, personal attacks won't make you any less ripped off buying into the Apple marketing BS. Welcome to logic.

The Windows marketing department isn't to stellar either!

Yeah well the A5X (Used by the iPad 3) had almost the same GPU as the Sony Vita, and since the iphone 5s use the A7 (and I guess the future iPad A7X) you have an iphone/iPad that is way more powerful than a dedicated portable console.

Now don't get me wrong, I like both the 3DS and the vita for the fact that you have a real controller to play your game, and both these console have a much lower price than an iPhone.

BUT, most people get their phone on contract, so they pay less upfront. What I'm saying is, like it or not, if this MFI controller thing take off, it is going to hurt both nintendo and sony.

There is only so much you can do with a toucscreen (for games anyway) this is going to open many possibility!

Yes, because both the XBox One and PS4 fit in my hand, can go where I go, and oh ya, are also a Smart Phone..

That said I kinda agree, if you buy your iphone and this add on for the sole reason to play games, you are an idiot.. Then again I own an iPhone, and I have done more than just play Angry Birds with it..
Also I paid a lot less than the PS4/Xbox One will be costing..


All that said this looks cool, setup with the top two buttons means it could be Awesome for SNES emulators.. Super Mario World on the go.. I've died and gone to heaven.. well till I see the price, then I'll go, Meh.. lol

Spicoli said,
So you can get a ridiculously expensive and sadly underpowered portable game system? Pass.

not underpowered, but the screen is way too tiny. maybe when they release the next iphone it'll have a better screen...

The only advantage of playing games on a phone is that it is the one device someone has on them all the time. Carrying a controller with me would defeat the purpose. I might as well just carry my 3DS or PSP around with me since they have better games and graphics.

Many of you are comparing the iPhone 5 specs with the 3DS and PSP Vita. While this is interesting, you have to remember that the 3DS and PSP are specialized devices optimized to run games. This gives them a significant advantage.

Even though I have a powerful phone, I don't play games on it anymore. I used to. Sure, the games on phones are cheap, but they are "time filler" quality games at best, and I can do better things while I wait somewhere.

Spicoli said,
Yea, okay. I could get an Xbox One and PS4 for what that ridiculously priced sadly performing phone and game pad would cost. Suckers.

That's like saying the Xbox One will be a crappy $500 DVR, by your logic. That's not why people are buying it.

2/10 on your trolling attempt.

Spicoli said,
So you can get a ridiculously expensive and sadly underpowered portable game system? Pass.

You're right! Chevy does suck and Ford is totally better. Wait....am I in the wrong thread? I'm confused.

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