Wikipad Shows Off Gamevice iPad Controller

by Mike Futter on Jan 05, 2015 at 03:56 AM

As more console-quality titles make their way to tablets, controllers for mobile devices become more appealing. The latest comes from Wikipad, which has opted for a wraparound design to simulate the feel of a handheld console.

The Gamevice supports iPad Air (1 and 2) and iPad Mini (1, 2, and 3), with a button layout that mimics the Xbox One controller. Wikipad says that the device will support hundreds of titles, including BioShock, The Walking Dead, Bastion, Limbo, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The device will retail for $99 and is scheduled to be available in early March. Android and Windows versions are in development.


Our Take
The form factor on the Gamevice looks like it would be comfortable. Having not used an iPad Air though, I can’t say for how long I’d want to hold it like a Vita or 3DS. 

The other drawback is that unlike a standalone bluetooth controller that can be used on your next device, there’s no guarantee that the Gamevice will be compatible with the next iPad you purchase. My suggestion is to see if you can get your hands on one to try if you’re in the market for a tablet controller.