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This controller makes your iPad or iPhone look like a Nintendo Switch

A look at Gamevice’s new line of controllers


Gamevice today announced a slew of new game controllers for the iPhone, iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro which come with improved buttons, thumbsticks and a lightning port.

The Gamevice is designed to frame your device with game controllers. The first version of the controller hit in 2015. It is similar in some ways to the design of Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con, though the Gamevice controllers are held together with a strap that runs behind the device.

The Gamevice controller features a thumbstick, directional pad, trigger and shoulder button on the left side and a menu button, face buttons, another thumbstick and trigger and shoulder button on the right. The controller, which now draws directly from the iPad or iPhone to power itself, also includes a Lightning port for charging the phone or tablet. Gamevice officials say that the controller draws about the same amount of power as a pair of headphones do.

Nintendo Switch with neon blue / red Joy-Con
The Switch with attached Joy-Con controller looks remarkably similar.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus versions of the controller also include a headphone jack.

The company says that more than 900 iOS games are now supported by the device, including Minecraft, NBA2K17, Marvel Contest of Champions and Assassin’s Creed Identity.

The iPad Air and Pro versions of the controller hit today. The iPhone and Mini versions go on sale on Jan. 31. They cost $99.99 each.

Check out a gallery of all of the versions below and if you’re interested in other iOS game controllers check out our reviews of some right here.

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