One of Steve Jobs’ biggest complaints about smartphones in the days before Apple created the iPhone was that they all had keyboards which were there whether or not you wanted them. Much the same has previously been true of previous iOS gamepads — which have either been clip-on phone cases in style, or else wireless controllers you need to carry around with you if you want to use them.
It’s this problem that Razer is attempting to solve with its new Junglecat accessory. Snapping onto your iPhone, the Razer Junglecat adds a slide-out gamepad that connects to your mobile device by way of the lighting port. While it adds a bit of heft to your ultra-thin iPhone (and obviously means that your lightning port remains occupied), it does mean that the gamepad itself can remain safely tucked away until you feel like using it.
The controller itself features a directional pad, four face buttons, and two bumpers. It also includes forward throwing sound channels which push audio towards the user. A companion app allows you to customize both button mapping and pressure sensitivity, with users able to program in 20 different controller profiles depending on either the title or the player.
The Razer Junglecat is set to launch next month, available in black or white variants for $99.99. It’s iOS 7-compatible and will work with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.
As an avid iOS gamer, color me intrigued…