Not long after MOGA dropped its Ace Power game controller in our laps than do we have word on the release of Logitech’s first iOS 7-enabled game controller. In principle, the new peripheral is a lot like what is being offered by MOGA: it’s compatible with iPhone and iPod devices sporting a Lightning port (and iOS 7), it simultaneously charges the device (1500mAh battery), and retails at $100.
Logitech’s PowerShell features a parsed down set of buttons and control sticks in comparison to the Power Ace. Gamers can expect an old-school layout featuring only one D-pad (no analog sticks) and traditional A, B, X, Y, and shoulder buttons. Adding to the design, though the controller envelops the entire phone, it is still possible to use headphones (via an adaptor), and the phone’s volume and power/sleep buttons remain accessible as well as the camera and flash.
The recent flurry of iOS faming peripherals comes thanks to the new GameController API built into iOS 7, making it easy for third-party manufacturers and game developers to incorporate functionality. Currently supported games include Dead Trigger 2, Bastion, and Asphalt 8: Airborne.