Apple starts selling updated Rotor Riot Drone and Game Controller

What you need to know

  • Play iOS games or control a drone
  • The only MFi iOS game controller that has L3/R3 joysticks
  • On sale for $49.99

The Apple Store has a new addition when it comes to gaming on the go. Rotor Riot, the company that started focused on taking the first-person view mini-quad experience further. has also begun to move into mobile gaming. Their flagship to support this venture, the Drone and Game Controller, has been updated with some features that iOS gamers are really going to appreciate.

The Drone and Game Controller is MFi certified by Apple for iOS and, unlike a lot of controllers focused towards iOS gaming, only comes in a wired configuration. Rotor Riot argues that the reason to get things wired is simple: it ensures low latency and a guaranteed connection, so your commands will be instantaneous and you won't have to worry about your controller dying right in the middle of that boss fight.

The controller sports what Rotor Riot claims to be a Zero-G device holder, which means that you shouldn't notice much of a weight difference even with your iPhone or iPod Touch hooked into the holder. It also features Power Passthrough Charging. There is a lightning port on the bottom of the controller that lets you charge your iOS device while you are playing.

Rotor Riot lightning port

It is also the only MFi iOS game controller that has L3/R3 joysticks, letting gamers to make a command by pressing in on each joystick. Having L3/R3 on an MFi certified controller will allow developers to port their console and PC games to iOS without forcing them to use the iPhone's touch screen for these functions. This will move iOS even closer to achieving a console-level gaming quality on mobile.

On top of gaming, the controller also works with a lot of the most commonly used drones on the market, supporting brands like DJI, Parrot, Ryze, and Teal.

The Rotor Riot Drone and Game Controller is selling for a pretty reasonable price of $49.99. It is compatible with all iOS devices with a Lightning connection running iOS 7 or greater. You can find the controller at Apple's website.

With Apple Arcade only a few months away, these kinds of advances in the quality of gaming controllers for iOS is really exciting to see. We'll have to wait to find out if the games that Apple Arcade is offering work with Rotor Riot's new capabilities, but regardless it's good to know that things are moving forward for all mobile gamers.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.