Yesterday, MOGA officially announced its own console-like physical gamepad for iPhone. But the one I’ve been most anticipating is the long-rumored Logitech competitor. Earlier this morning, Logitech finally announced its new PowerShell controller and battery for iPhone 5/5s. Unlike the MOGA, this gamepad also doubles up as a 1500mAh battery pack for your iDevice.
What’s different about these controllers, compared to old accessories, is that they aren’t made for bespoke games. Instead, they make use of iOS 7’s gamepad API, which any game developer can make use of. If all developers got onboard, you could play any game on your iPhone using the PowerShell, turning your iPhone in to a “real” portable gaming console.
On the design front, Logitech has opted for a slimline case that perfectly matches the design of the iPhone 5. It’s not bulky, and can easily be carried around in your pocket or bag. It’s designed to be ergonomic too.
“PowerShell is designed for more than casual gaming-on-the-go. Its comfortable curves and subtly textured, soft rubber surface offer a sure – but comfortable – grip for hours of gaming.”
It also comes with a headphone adapter, and leaves all your most important buttons usable. All in all, I’m more excited about this controller than the MOGA one. Mostly because it looks a lot more usable and portable.
It’s available to pre-order now for $99.99 USD/£89.99 GBP. Head on over to Logitech.com to find out more or to pre-order.