X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

iCade Turns iPads into Arcade Cabinet

by Paul Strauss
Advertisement

A while back, the guys at ThinkGeek made an April Fools joke where they turned an iPad into an arcade cabinet. Now, the guys over at ION have taken the concept and made it real.

icade_ipad_arcade_cabinet

The iCade cabinet is constructed out of the same materials you’d find in a real arcade, plus it’s got an authentic full-size arcade joystick and eight buttons. You just snap your iPad into the dock, and you’ll be playing classic arcade games right on your desktop. Surprisingly, the controls connect via Bluetooth instead of a dock connector, but they seem to have no noticeable lag.

icade_ipad_arcade_cabinet_ces

ION had a demo unit on display at CES this week, and I got to play with it a bit. While the only game they had on display was Asteroids (which doesn’t really need a joystick), I have to say it was a pleasure to play. I couldn’t really hold my camera and play at the same time, so this video doesn’t show it off, but trust me when I say it’s fun.

The final version of the iCade will ship with an assortment of Atari games – although it’s not clear if they’re included or if you’ll need to buy them at the App Store. However, you won’t be able to play other games on it unless they’re customized to take advantage of the joystick and buttons. Happily, they plan on releasing a developer API, so I assume many more iCade compatible games will come out in the App Store over time.

ThinkGeek says the iCade will sell for $99, and will be available for order this Spring. Get your name on the order notification list now.

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Wheel of Future History

Wheel of Future History

REI Used Gear

REI Used Gear

Chinese Take Out Cookie Jar

Chinese Take Out Cookie Jar

Advertisement
Want a Real Shelby Cobra, But Don’t Know How to Drive Stick?

Want a Real Shelby Cobra, But Don’t Know How to Drive Stick?

Hyundai HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept Heads to SEMA 2017

Hyundai HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept Heads to SEMA 2017

Remote-Controlled Nissan GT-R Hits 130 mph

Remote-Controlled Nissan GT-R Hits 130 mph