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Mad Catz Debuts 'C.T.R.L.i' Wireless iOS 7 Game Controller

Gaming peripheral company Mad Catz has debuted its C.T.R.L.i iOS 7 gaming controller at Mobile World Congress 2014, reports Engadget. The offering from Mad Catz brings yet another choice to the iOS gaming controller market that saw the release of the SteelSeries Stratus last month and the Logitech PowerShell and MOGA Ace Power last year.

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Similar to the Stratus, the C.T.R.L.i can connect to any iOS 7 device through Bluetooth instead of using a Lightning port, and includes a spring-loaded mount that can be used with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c. The controller itself is based on Mad Catz's popular MLG Pro Circuit Controller for the Xbox 360, and features console-style controls such as a directional pad, two analog sticks, four face buttons, shoulder bumpers, and left and right triggers. The C.T.R.L.i's Bluetooth capabilities also allows connectivity for up to four controllers.

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At the current point in time, multiple games offer iOS 7 controller support, including titles like Rayman Fiesta Run, Dead Trigger 2, and Asphalt 8: Airborne. Additional developers have also pledged to build controller support into their apps now that hardware is available to consumers, as more iOS games appear to be receiving updates that enable game controller support.

The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i iOS 7 gaming controller will be available for $80 in April, and will come in colors of black, white, red, blue, and orange.

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8 months ago

this is great!

but sadly going way to slow


Agree! I love that another controller is being released, but it's going agonisingly slowly, I thought by now there'd be 10s of controllers on the market easily. Still waiting for the perfect one, not yet taken by the ones available yet, but I'm sure it's coming, just a bit longer to wait.

Someone else who thinks playing games with a controller on iPhone is stupid?


this belongs into the same category as smartwatches - Stupid & Useless


What's the point of these comments? To make those of us who actually think they're interesting products feel bad about ourselves and our opinions, or to bolster your own opinions of yourselves, or both?

It blows me away that people feel compelled to go into a thread just to drop a flaming turd in the room because you don't see the point and this isn't interesting to you. If it's not a topic you find interesting, I've got a suggestion ...
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago
Someone else who thinks playing games with a controller on iPhone is stupid?
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago
This MFI controller looks like the best one yet due to the holder on top to place your phone while you play instead of making the controller a really long rectangle.

Too bad they still are charging a ludicrous $70 - $80 for these controllers. I'll wait for the next few generations when the prices drop somewhere between $40 - $50.
Rating: 4 Votes
8 months ago
Looks like a cheap knock-off Xbox 360 controller.
Rating: 3 Votes
8 months ago
You had me at...

Wait...

$80?!?!?

What?



Good luck with that.
Rating: 3 Votes
8 months ago
When an iOS controller hits $39.99 I'll start paying attention.
Rating: 3 Votes
8 months ago
Love my M.M.O.7 - I'm sure this thing will work great.
Rating: 2 Votes
8 months ago
all this seems a step backwards to the 80's. So clunky.
Rating: 2 Votes
8 months ago
you can already use your ps4 controller for your phone...
Rating: 2 Votes
8 months ago

I see this as a positive move that we continue to see improved controllers and their prices are beginning to come down. This is going to continue to put pressure on dedicated game devices, portable ones first, but even consoles will start getting squeezed. My guess is that portable gaming devices will take the biggest hit over the next year or two and the console will really feel it about 2 years out. I say this because as good as the A7/M7 chips are, they still cannot support console level games. I suspect that in two years, the increase capabilities of the chips (assume the A9/M9) will be very competent and capable of running console level games. And with the controllers fully matured, I think there it will be difficult for folks to justify the added expense of a console when you have it all on the iPhone/iPad that you can easily airplay to the apple TV. (and yes google will have a cheaper ad supported counter to this as well through chromecast).


Well stated, agree completely. Look at how far these games have come in such a short amount of time. GTA San Andreas was released on the PS2 less than 10 years ago and now it's on a mobile device, how great is that?! I think most people don't care so much about the increased graphics and speed of the newer consoles such that they're going to keep buying them when these devices are catching up so rapidly. Sure, there is a segment that will always enjoy the dedicated console (me included), but I think that group is shrinking since the alternatives for playing games (without a dedicated console) are so good, and the gap between the two is shrinking rapidly.

Just imagine that the ATV finally gets an app store - day one there will be numerous games available to play that aren't relying on touch as the interface. Perhaps this is the plan all along??

FPS on iPhone just stupid


the idea of a controller on iOS is ludicrous.


solution without a problem


Well the authorities of all things acceptable and good have spoken. We must now bow down to those who have declared themselves to be "the only opinions allowed," thank you so much, we mere morons and idiots who didn't previously enjoy possessing your opinions have been so enlightened by your comments.

In the same vein let's send a bunch of men onto a feminine products forum and declare the things they are interested in to be "stupid," "ludicrous" and "solutions without a problem," because it is for only the self-centred individual that all things must be made, it is only the self-centred individual's interests which are deemed relevant, and to everyone else, *conform* or be warned, you will be judged forever here after, there is only one opinion allowed, and yours is not it.

This is a discussion forum, if you disagree with something there are respectful ways of expressing a dissenting opinion, but the first thing is that you need to leave your judgment of others and their opinions elsewhere. An opinion that isn't your own isn't stupid or ludicrous or ignorant, it's just a different opinion, based on different criteria about how others view these devices. It's the height of arrogance and offence to go into a thread to tell people you aren't interested in something they find of interest.
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