Moga has officially unveiled the first-ever iOS 7-optimised controller, bringing handheld console-style gaming to kits running the latest version of Apple’s operating system.
Dubbed the Moga Ace Power and leaked by the ever-reliable @evleaks weeks back, the controller supports the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and fifth-generation iPod Touch.
Featuring a sliding panel that enables users to expand the controller to sit snugly around devices irrespective of size, the Ace Power packs all the buttons and pads that have been industry standard since the PS One landed all those years ago.
That means you get four trigger buttons, a d-pad, dual analogue sticks and the regulation four action buttons. There’s also a headphone jack, so you can zone out to the 'ringing drone' of 8-bit chiptune soundtracks while you get your game on.
The device is no doubt aimed at iPhone users bored by the endless stream of none-dimensional casual games and who crave a more immersive gaming experience. While iOS isn’t short of more complex titles, they’ve often been hamstrung by fiddly touchscreen controls.
To ensure gaming doesn’t tear a hole in your battery, Moga has fitted the Ace Power with a built-in battery/independent power source. Dubbed Moga Boost, this can even be used to recharge your handset’s battery.
Sounds good no? So what's the catch? Well, the Ace Power’s eyebrow-raising price point of £62 is a bit of a blow for starters. That's double the price of Moga's peripherals for Android.
But given how closely the company worked with Apple in development, it’s perhaps to be expected that it’ll come with the kind of price that you’d normally find attached to first-party peripherals for iOS devices.
Right now, Moga is listing its controller with a tantalising ‘coming soon’ label. But if you’re really keen you can sign up for availability updates at the company’s site, so you can ensure you're first in line to get an Ace Power when it drops.