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WynCASE Adds Physical Game Buttons to iOS Devices

by Range

While I don’t game that much on my iPhone, I have discovered that while touch-based controls might seem intuitive, but they are just awful for space shooters and other kinds of fast-paced action games. That’s one of the reasons why the WynCASE will probably work well.

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The WynCASE for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch is designed offer a better gaming experience, akin to something like the PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS. At least that’s what the designers hope for. This case has slim brushed metal buttons that don’t need any battery power.

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WynLABS developed something they’re calling BridgeTOUCH technology, which makes use tiny input spots on the touchscreen itself, minimizing latency, and making it better for fast-paced games – though it does cut off a tiny bit of screen real estate.

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When not in use, you can flip the WynCASE around, and use it as a protective back case for your iPhone, without blocking the rear-facing camera and flash.

The WynCASE is launching over on Kickstarter on December 11th. The project needs to amass $80,000 to get made. With ¬†left in funding and you’ll have to pledge $30 to get yours.

[via Ubergizmo]




Comments (3):

  1. It looks like a good alternative, but again it’s not universally compatible.:(

    Apple really needs to do something about this. If they don’t want to release their own hardware they should at least talk to developers so they can come up with a way to make ALL games compatible with third party solutions like this one (at the behest of developers of course, no sense in forcing support for games that don’t need it).

    • Technabob says:

      I agree wholeheartedly. They at least need to set up a standard API for directional and button controls, and ensure that all controllers use the same language. Everyone seems to be hacking their way around, either pressing on the touchscreen or faking out a Bluetooth keyboard – which causes other issues.

      While Apple (at least under the Jobs’ regime) believed that no device would ever need buttons again, I think the idea of an iDevice that’s specialized for gamers could be huge for them. It could still do everything a regular iPod Touch or iPhone does, but just add physical buttons. I’d buy one.

  2. David says:

    This is better than a lot of other stuff. There’s NO BLUETOOTH so no extra battery usage and it looks good. This might be the first iPhone gamecontroller people will actually use. The software support will come later and is really easy to implement (@Tachnabob: I think this is the best solution until Apple puts actual buttons on there devices – which they will never do).

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