Epic makes big promises for Fortnite on mobile, but one thing’s missing

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Fortnite mobile will see huge improvements this summer.
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Epic Games is preparing a number of big features for Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile.

In its “State of Mobile” update published today, the company promises voice chat and statistics are coming this summer — along with Android support. But one key feature, which we’ve all been patiently waiting for, is missing from its list.

Fortnite is killing it on iOS, but it could be so much better

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Prepare yourself for new Fortnite experiences.
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I’ve been encouraging every gamer I know to play Fortnite on iOS since it made the leap to the App Store back in March. I’ve gushed about how spectacular the game is on mobile, and how it keeps up with its console counterparts.

I’m not at all surprised that the game is making an absolute killing on iPhone and iPad, raking in more than $25 million in revenue during its first month of availability. I’ve played it almost every day, and spent more than I’d like to admit on items I don’t really need.

But two months on, now that the novelty has worn off, I have some complaints to make. Fortnite could be so much better on iOS if Epic was to give it the attention it really deserves.

Steam adds support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Use your Pro Controller to play your favorite Mac and PC games.
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Steam has added official support for the Switch Pro Controller in its latest client beta.

Players no longer have to use fiddly third-party workarounds to enjoy Nintendo’s best controller in their favorite games. All of its buttons and even its motion controls are now fully supported.

Universal gamepads, ultimate car mounts and more [Crowdfund Roundup]

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ALL Controller lets you game on anything.
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Crowdfund Roundup bugMany of us own more than one console, which makes finding and replacing the right controllers a real pain. But not if you have ALL Controller, the gamepad that’s compatible with almost any system — and fully customizable.

It’s just one of the awesome ideas in this week’s Crowdfund Roundup. We also have the ultimate smartphone car mount, a top that warms you up on cold winter mornings, and more!

Put an SNES controller back in your hands [Week’s Newest Deals]

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The SNES is back, along with some boss Bluetooth headphones, a convenient mobile phone mount, and more in this week's newest deals.
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With talk of Nintendo re-releasing the SNES, the classic console has been on a lot of minds lately. Not that it ever left — the Super Nintendo remains the epitome of gaming bliss for people of all ages.

With the SFC30 Bluetooth Controller, you can bring the familiar feel of the SNES controller to any game you run on a computer or tablet, even plug it straight into Nintendo’s NES Classic system. It’s just one of the best new deals at the Cult of Mac Store, which also include a premium set of Bluetooth headphones, a mobile mount that connects right to your car’s air vent, and a powerful platform for website building.

Safari update will boost battery life on MacBook Pro

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Safari will be kinder to MacBook Pro battery life.
Safari will be kinder to MacBook Pro battery life.
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A Safari Technology Preview rolled out this week brings changes that make battery life even better on the MacBook Pro.

Release 23 of Apple’s web browser is better at switching between GPUs for WebGL content, which means your MacBook’s dedicated graphics chip carries out less work.

New iOS controllers give you that Nintendo Switch feeling

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The new Gamevice controller for iPad mini.
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If you like the idea of the new Nintendo Switch but you do all your gaming on iOS, the latest controllers from Gamevice are going to be right up your alley.

Like Nintendo’s latest console, they slap physical buttons and analog sticks onto the sides of your iPhone and iPad. They’re also powered by your iOS device so there’s no need to charge a battery, and they bring the headphone jack back to your iPhone 7.

Mad Catz’s New Bluetooth Controller Could Be Best Option For iOS Gamers

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The iOS game controller market is growing at a pretty healthy pace, but there has yet to be a controller that really steals the limelight. We’ve gone hands on with several options, and they all seem to fall into the same boat: a decent upgrade from touch, but not console-level quality.

Demoed at Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona, the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i might be the new controller to beat.

Huawei’s Android-Fueled Game Console Looks Like A Tiny Mac Pro [CES 2014]

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Android-powered video game consoles like the Ouya haven’t exactly been a huge success, but Chinese electronics maker Huawei is hoping to change that with Tron, a device that looks remarkably similar to Apple’s new Mac Pro — albeit a lot smaller. It’s powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, and it’s expected to cost less than $150.