Logitech Introduces Its Powershell Controller + Battery
Mobile gaming is on the move (har-har). A recent Price Waterhouse Coopers report stated that, in South Africa at least, mobile gaming takes up a fair chunk of our recreational and -to the chagrin of employers or lecturers- our productive time. The phrase “just have to clear that last level of Pigs In Space!” would have incurred a few skew looks and worrying parental conversations a few years ago, yet today stands in as a common phrase of our mobile gaming culture. And with new developments of gaming lifestyle there come companys willing to cater to and provide products which cash in on said lifestyle.
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Enter Logitech, which has a proven track record for producing primarily PC based peripherals, and has decided to dip into the mobile pie by producing the Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery. The Country Manager of Logitech South Africa, Yousef Atwan, had this to say about the mobile gaming developments in SA:
We designed this controller to deliver a true console-gaming experience on an iOS 7 mobile device. With gaming so pervasive on the mobile platform – our research shows that 87% of iPhone and iPod touch users play games on their device – its time to revolutionise the experience.
The item doubles as a controller and extra 1500 mAH battery for increasing play time on your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, or iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS7. I’m not sure why Logitech didn’t just call it the iPowershell Controller+Battery as they are essentially catering just for the iPeople. It might just be a way of differentiating Logitech from others who are focusing on Mobile Android based gaming right now, like Nvidia’s Shield.
When I first saw the product it instantly reminded me of a mini version of Razer’s own controller dock, barring the Analog sticks found on the console controllers. Essentially you just slip your compatible iDevice in and make use of the extended 1500mAH battery on the controller, D-Pads, shoulder triggers and face buttons to play controller compatible iOS games. You can also use the basic features of your phone while using the controller as well, like taking pictures, using headsets, power on/off, volume and charging both batteries, even if your phone is still connected to the controller.
The product is expected to be available in South Africa in February 2014 at a recommended price of R1699. This price seems a bit high but remember you are also getting an extra battery pack in the deal as well, so consider that its not only a game controller, but possibly also an emergency battery supply in case your phone dies before you are able to upload that instagramed picture of your Gatsby lunchtime sandwich…right Dean & Alessandro?