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60beat GamePad brings console-like controls to iDevices

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December 29, 2011

The 60beat GamePad plugs into iDevices via their 3.5 mm headphone jack

The 60beat GamePad plugs into iDevices via their 3.5 mm headphone jack

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While the success of Apple's iDevices has prompted a swathe of games perfectly suited to a touchscreen interface, many types of games suffer when making the transition from a controller-based interface. As a result we've seen a number of peripherals designed to add a physical controller to iOS devices, such as the GameBone Pro, iControlPad and low-tech JOYSTICK-IT. Those looking for a slightly more traditional input device for their mobile gaming needs now have yet another product to consider in the form of the 60beat GamePad.

Coming in an Xbox 360 controller-like form factor, the GamePad packs dual analog joysticks, a D-pad and 10 action buttons and connects to an iPhone 4 or 4S, iPad 1 or 2 and iPod touch 4G via their 3.5 mm headphone jacks. As it draws power from the connected iDevice, it requires no batteries, which also contributes to its weight of just 5.5 oz (156 g). Thankfully the GamePad comes with an audio splitter to let you plug in headphones and the GamePad at the same time. It's also worth noting that when the GamePad is plugged in, the game's onscreen controls will disappear to provide a more immersive experience.

Aftermath on an iPad using the 60beat GamePad

On the downside, the list of GamePad compatible games is currently limited to two launch partner titles so you'll need to be a big fan of Bugdom 2 or Aftermath to justify the US$49.99 price tag. However, 60beat says a wider selection of compatible games will be listed in February 2012.

Here's a video from 60beat showing the GamePad in action.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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4 Comments

Wouldn't it defeat the purpose of having a lightweight, portable tablet if you have to lug this thing along with it?

Jon A.
30th December, 2011 @ 07:47 am PST

I don't understand why people don't make stuff like this for Android devices

Blake Mann
7th January, 2012 @ 11:21 pm PST

but I have been using the wii remote on iPad... seems to work fine

poooooof
12th January, 2012 @ 09:18 am PST

Jon A-I think this is intended more for around-the-house tablet use.

Charles Gaines
16th January, 2012 @ 05:21 am PST
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