Gamevice controller for iPhone falls flat where it really counts [Review]

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The Gamevice is good, but not great.
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Mobile gaming has never been better, but you’re missing out if you’re playing the latest titles with touch controls. A good controller is a worthwhile purchase, but should you spend $75 on the Gamevice?

It looks great, boasts the best design of any iPhone controller, and never needs charging. It also works with almost any iPhone. The only problem? It disappoints where it matters most.

Why iOS is the best way to play Fortnite on the go

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The SteelSeries Nimbus is the best controller for iPad.
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If you want to play Fortnite when you’re away from your console, do it on an iPhone or iPad. The mobile version of the game now offers the best portable experience by far.

The recent addition of controller support makes Fortnite better on Apple devices than it is on Nintendo Switch. Here’s why you’re missing out if you’re not playing it.

What you need to know about playing Fortnite for iOS with a controller

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It’s tempting to update just for better controller support. But you shouldn’t.
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Fortnite for iOS finally supports wireless game controllers. After installing the latest version 7.30 release, you can connect a compatible MFi controller and bid goodbye to fiddly touch controls.

But don’t expect exactly the same experience as on consoles, and don’t assume you’re going to have an advantage over other mobile players.

Here’s what you need to know about playing Fortnite for iOS with a controller.

Transform your phone into a full-fledged game console [Week’s Newest Deals]

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Turn your iPhone into a legit gaming console, add a watchful Wi-Fi eye to your home, and lots more in this week's newest deals.
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It’s hard to believe April is already halfway over. But you’d better believe we here at the Cult of Mac Store are still gathering together the best deals on gear and gadgets.

Our newest arrivals include a watchful Wi-Fi eye for your home or office, a smartphone mount that connects straight to your car’s air vent, a supercharged alternative to Search, and a kit for upgrading any phone into a portable gaming console. Every one of these deals is priced to move!

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.

When lust turns to dust: iOS game controller edition

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The Wikipad GameVice will strap to the sides of your iPad mini for buttons with your large screen. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
The Wikipad GameVice straps to the sides of your iPad mini, adding buttons to your large screen. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

As a gamer, I want a controller with buttons. I lust after this new product category like I do any new gadget that I think will improve my gaming experience. I think that if you play games with any frequency, you’ll want them too.

Unfortunately, I also think the majority of mobile gamers are making do just fine with touch interfaces, thank you very much, and that these lust-worthy devices will soon find their way to the dustbin for most who buy them. Not because the controllers, including one that straps to the sides of your iPad mini like the loving embrace of an alien face-hugger, aren’t any good. On the contrary, these are solid, high-quality gaming peripherals that will make certain types of console-like games (platformers, open-world sandbox games, first-person shooters) much easier to play.