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As more developers tap the power of mobile devices, a number of things stand in the way of competing with handhelds and other gaming devices. Chief among those barriers is the absence of built-in tactile controls.
Razer is entering the growing market with its new Junglecat, building on the companies penchant for making things as thin as possible. The device attaches to an iPhone 5 or 5s and slides away adding an extra 20 mm.
The idea is that gamers will leave it attached and slide it into their pockets, making it more compatible with quick burst gaming most common on the platform. The Junglecat is iOS 7 compatible (with a free app download) and features a directional pad, four standard configuration face buttons, and two bumpers. It also leaves ports open and unimpeded.
The Junglecat will be available in July for $99.99.
Our TakeI’ve tried a few mobile game controllers. While I prefer those that are shaped and sized like console gamepads, the slim size of Razer’s entry has me curious. With Apple renewing focus on mobile game development, a slim gamepad might become even more appealing soon.