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iPhone As a PC Game Controller 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-joystick-is-flat dept.
TechCrunch has an article about a startup called iMo, which aims to enable control of any PC game using an iPhone or iPod Touch. The idea is to reduce the need for gaming peripherals while you're on the move, and make motion-control available to more players. Quoting: "The system also features onscreen controls for the iPhone and iPod Touch, as not every PC game will benefit from using things like the accelerometer, obviously. This all works via both Bluetooth and WiFi connections between your device and your computer. The plan is to offer iMo in the App Store for $0.99; the first version should be available new in the App Store. And long-term, the company hopes to make it available on other mobile platforms as well, including Android. And ultimately, they'd love to include support for gaming consoles as well, like the aforementioned Wii, the PS3, and the Xbox 360."
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iPhone As a PC Game Controller

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  • 360 Controller (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Hadlock (143607) on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @12:16PM (#29441509) Homepage Journal

    The off brand (wired - USB port included at no additional cost!) 360 controller at any big box store is only $15-20. A bluetooth!! rumble PS3 controller is $45. I'd rather (and do!) recycle my controllers from game consoles. Most everyone already has one (even if you don't already have a next-gen console), if only to take to a friend's house/dorm room so everyone can play. The chances you'll lose/break an iphone before you do the same to a real console controller is pretty high.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @12:30PM (#29441751)
    Another post hyping up iphone. The "there is an app for that" applies to, you know, fucking other platfors too.

    Don't want to spoil the party, but for those on a better and not hyped-up platform, looking for similar (but better) functionality (though I don't see any real purpose of this) can check this out - http://www.gmote.org/ [gmote.org]
  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @12:54PM (#29442181) Journal

    Which is exactly my point. If they made Wii games for the PC - I'd be all for it. But they don't. So in every situation I can think of, a Keyboard and mouse combination trumps on top.

    Except for perhaps Racing games, which have all but died off on PC's.

  • Re:FAIL (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @01:30PM (#29442823)

    and you fail at intelligence. Apple has nothing to do with this.

  • by Schnoogs (1087081) on Wednesday September 16, 2009 @02:24PM (#29443683)

    You mean like a keyboard and mouse? It's not like people are really packing full sized joysticks or race pedals to play Counterstrike. This seems cool and all from a geeky perspective but the case I use to carry my gaming notebook has AMPLE room for an external mouse and why would I substitute the iPhone for it?

    Don't get me wrong this is kind of cool from an academic point of view but I can't really see anyone finding this preferable over the built in keyboard and wireless mouse.

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