iPhone Game Controllers Are a Promising Work in Progress


Do not go out and buy an iPhone game controller right now, because the experience isn’t good enough yet.

But give it a year or two, and pairing a game controller with an iPhone or iPad won’t be all that different from having a PlayStation Vita or Nintendo 3DS in your pocket.

As a games platform, the iPhone is growing up with the launch of controller support in Apple‘s iOS 7, along with the first two official iPhone game controllers from Moga and Logitech. These controllers allow you to play games like Limbo, Bastion and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as originally intended, with thumbsticks, buttons and triggers.

That’s the idea, at least. I’ve been playing with both the Logitech PowerShell and Moga Ace Power–each priced at $100–for a few weeks, and it’s hard to recommend either controller due to their subpar designs, limited game support and lack of…

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