60beat GamePad: PlayStation Controller for iPad, iPhone

The 60beat GamePad connects to your iPad or other iOS device so you can control your games with a physical game pad instead of the mostly horrible onscreen controls of iOS games. It only works with a limited selection of compatible games, but hopefully the list will grow if this thing takes off.

I played Madden NFL 12 (one of EA Games’ $.99 holiday deals) on my iPad last night and enjoyed whipping the Chicago Bears with my Green Bay Packers. Sadly, controlling the players on the screen offers quite a challenge until you get used to it. For someone who’s been playing Madden for over ten years on my computer and Xbox, training myself to play on a slick screen isn’t easy. I’ve tried devices like the Fling controller, that connects to the screen of the iPad via a suction cup and gives you a physical directional controller, but they aren’t very satisfying.

60beat GamePad for iOS

The 60beat GamePad resembles a PlayStation 3 controller and will work on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Plug the controller into the headphone jack, and games that are compatible will work instantly with no setup.

At $50 you have to really hate the onscreen controls of iOS games and really want to play with a controller. Right now only 2 games work with the device – Bugdom 2 and Aftermath. I hope other developers will take note and make their games work with the 60beat GamePad. If they don’t, then its hard to justify $50 for those two games unless you really love them.

If the 60beat GamePad takes off, I can see my kids, who love to play games on my iPad, taking to this thing. They were drooling over the pictures and video (see below).

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The use of the headphone jack as a connector concerned me a little because I usually tell my kids to use headphones as they play their games in the car on the way to grandma’s house. Fortunately, the device has a splitter, allowing you to plug in both the controller and a set of headphones.

Other features include a pair of analog sticks, directional pad on the left and the typical four buttons for firing guns, jumping or throwing a pass depending on the game. You also get the typical four trigger buttons on back and the two game control buttons for things like starting games etc for a total of ten buttons. The cord measures 4 feet. iOS devices supported include iPhone 4 and 4S, both iPads and the 4G iPod Touch.

Source: 60beat via Engadget

  

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  2. Dave says

    This also works with an IPad and the new PC_Drone 2.0 drone. I could not see the IPad screen well enough in bright daylight, while the 60 beat seems to work fine and provide more functions that the straight IPad.

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