Duo Games has teamed up with well-known iOS games developer Gameloft to launch a game controller to enable a more console like gaming experience on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The new controller, which is known as the Duo Gamer will connect to your device via Bluetooth and comes with two analogue sticks, a D-Pad and six buttons.
The Duo Gamer is compatible with iPad 1, iPad 2, new iPad, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (4th generation). It costs $79.99 and will be available from October 5th at Apple.com, Amazon.com and and Target. It is currently compatible with Gameloft's Asphalt 7, Modern Combat 3, Fallen Nation, Order & Chaos Online, Brothers in Arms 2 and N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance.
There is no question that the Duo Gamer is a really nice accessory and one that I would be extremely interested in getting hold of. The problem is that the only games that it supports are games from Gameloft. That is a pretty major flaw with the Duo Gamer and the main reason why other game controllers have never become mainstream. Without support for all games, you are severely limiting your market and there will just not be enough interest to make it a success. Getting every developer to support your game controller is impossible for a third party to manage; only Apple has the ability to do this by including it in the iOS SDK. Until that happens, game controllers are always going to be a niche product.
Source: Duo Games
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