The MOGA ACE POWER is one of the first MFi (Made for iPhone) game controllers to hit the market. This new generation of Apple-supported, Lightning adapter powered controllers promise even better compatibility and performance, but are they really ready for primetime? Do they make that much of a difference? And can they be used over AirPlay to make a virtual console?
Unlike games designed for the multitouch era of the iPhone - Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Infinity Blade, etc. - when traditional games are ported over and given virtual d-pads, joysticks, and other on-screen controls, your fingers end up blocking up to a third of the screen. That's the problem MOGA ACE POWER is trying to solve by getting the virtual controls off your screen and back onto hardware sticks and buttons where they belong.
The MOGA ACE POWER sports dual analog sticks, shoulder buttons, triggers, a D-pad, and four action buttons. Because, when your iPhone is securely placed inside, it covers the sleep/wake button, it also has a button to push that press through anyway, right on the front. It also includes a battery charger, so you don't have to worry about exhausting your iPhone thanks to your newfound gaming powers.
Not all games support the MOGA ACE POWER yet, so you'll have to go to MOGA's website and check out their list. Bottom line, if you like casual, made-for-multitouch games, there's nothing to see here. If you've always longed for GameBoy or PSP-style physical gaming on your iPhone or iPod touch, there's a lot to like about the MOGA.
Now watch the video and see how it performs on racing, fighting, and classic arcade games, as well as my attempt to use it like a Wii U and AirPlay my gaming via Apple TV to a Big Screen TV. Make sure you subscribe to iMore's YouTube channel and if you have any questions about the MOGA ACE POWER, fire away!