Game controllers

PowerA goes pro with new MOGA controller

PowerA goes pro with new MOGA controller

If you’re a mobile gamer, there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with the MOGA pocket controller for Android. Born out of a desire to provide gamers with a better method than typically spotty touch controls, the MOGA controller has made a name for itself in the mobile gaming space. In fact, many of you will remember a little incident from late last year, in which PowerA decided to offer the MOGA controller free for 24 hours. The rush to claim one was so great that it ended up crippling PowerA’s website within minutes of the promotion’s kick off, so it’s safe to say that the MOGA controller has found success with Android gamers.

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WynCASE gamepad for iPhone hits Kickstarter, priced at just $30

WynCASE gamepad for iPhone hits Kickstarter, priced at just $30

There's a lot of mobile gamepads out there for the iPhone. A lot of them connect via Bluetooth, while others connect directly to the 30-pin or Lightning connector. However, a new iPhone gamepad that's looking to raise funds doesn't use either Bluetooth or the connector. It's called the WynCASE, and it uses the touchscreen itself by utilizing what the company calls BridgeTOUCH technology.

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Valve hardware beta already underway with three different contollers

Valve hardware beta already underway with three different contollers

We're getting some pretty exciting news about Valve's hardware beta, and strangely enough that news is coming from 4chan. A group of fans from 4chan went to Valve's offices to wish Gabe Newell a happy birthday (even giving him a home made Team Fortress 2 hat as a gift), and the head honcho was kind enough to hang out in the lobby and answer some questions. The video one 4chan member recorded lasts almost an hour, and though the whole thing is worth a watch, it's Gabe's discussion of the Valve hardware beta that we're going to hone in on.

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Wii U Pro Controller battery lasts 80 hours, retailers claim

Wii U Pro Controller battery lasts 80 hours, retailers claim

The Wii U Pro Controller is obviously aimed at gamers who want a more traditional experience, but it may just be perfect for hardcore gamers in more ways than one. Listings on both Amazon and GameStop are saying that the Pro Controller's rechargeable battery can last a ridiculously long time. Spotted by Nintendo Life, both listings claim that the Pro Controller can keep chugging along for up to 80 hours on a single charge.

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Wii U replacement GamePads will be offered at launch

Wii U replacement GamePads will be offered at launch

We already know that Nintendo isn't planning to offer standalone Wii U GamePads at launch here in the US, because the company isn't expecting to have games that support multiple GamePads available until sometime next year. That's fair enough, but that raises a pretty significant question for some gamers: what happens if the GamePad that comes packed with your Wii U gets damaged? Will you just be out of luck until Nintendo decides to start offering standalone GamePads? Thankfully, the answer to that question is "no," as Nintendo will be offering replacement GamePads for the more clumsy gamers out there.

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Pachter: Activision forced Nintendo to create Wii U Pro Controller

Pachter: Activision forced Nintendo to create Wii U Pro Controller

Right before E3 2012 kicked off, Nintendo revealed the Pro Controller for the Wii U, something which a lot of gamers (including myself) were happy to see. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, the Wii U's Pro Controller might might not exist today were it not for the insistence of Activision, which said it would not be putting Call of Duty games on the Wii U if Nintendo didn't give developers a more traditional controller to work with. Thus, the Wii U Pro Controller was born, or at least that's the way the story goes when Michael Pachter tells it.

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Nintendo: 65.3m Wiimotes in the US, just in case you were curious

Nintendo: 65.3m Wiimotes in the US, just in case you were curious

We never had Nintendo down as stat-addicted number fanciers, but the company's latest press release is all about how many Wii gamers could motion at their consoles at the same time.  According to Nintendo's figures, more than 65.3m Wii Remotes have found their way into the wilds of the US market, with an average of 46,000 sold daily.  Since it's hard to visualize that many Wiimotes, Nintendo helpfully tells us "that's enough for every man, woman and child living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and enough still remains for every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota."

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PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

The origins of the PlayStation controller's triangle, circle, square and cross buttons can't exactly be described as a mystery on a par with the disappearance of the Mayans, but we've always been pretty curious about where the four symbols came from.  Now we know, thanks to a Famitsu magazine interview with Teiyu Goto, the man responsible for the external design of PlayStation consoles, their peripherals and accessories, for the last 17 years.  In among detailing the distinctive dual-grip design, Goto says the four symbols were actually an attempt to keep things straightforward while rivals were using letters.

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