Say hello to the Gamevice, a new controller from Wikipad (www.wikipad.com), which is hoped to get consumers playing mobile games with more immersive input. For the time being, the company is working on support for both Android and Windows 8 (no Windows Phone mentioned). Take a gander at the photo above and head on past the break for some details.
As one would imagine, the Gamevice is billed as the "next-generation detachable console-like controller for mobile devices." We'll have to see just how 'next-gen' this new controller is at CES 2014. The product itself will connect to a device on both sides with a bridge to connect both parts together. Since there are multiple sized hardware around today, it's handy to have a flexible construct (hence the name "Gamevice").
Here's what Fraser Townley, President of Wikipad, Inc. had to add to the official press release:
"We value the opinions of our community. We heard from many people who either expressed love for the Wikipad 7” or who already owned an iPad or an Android or Windows 8 mobile device and wanted us to make a controller that worked for them. We are currently working on versions for Windows 8 and Android devices. We have not forgotten other important OS systems and we hope to announce additional support those in the near future."
What will the Gamevice offer consumers? You'll be able to turn your Windows 8 tablet (or Android hardware) into a mobile gaming device with dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 button configurations, as well as an analog D-pad and four buttons – you'll feel right at home should you already be a heavy console gamer.
The estimated time of arrival for the Gamevice is sometime in 2014. we'll hope to learn more at upcoming CES 2014. Who's excited for a gaming controller such as this?