Gaming peripheral maker Razer may be working on an iPhone accessory that turns Apple’s smartphone into a handheld gaming system, complete with direction pads and shoulder buttons.

According to a tip sent to @evleaks, the upcoming  will have pressure-sensitive buttons and a hinge that lets you rest the phone flat against the controller or tilt it up at a 45 degree angle.

Razer Kazuyo

This would hardly be the first mobile gaming add-on for an iPhone. Logitech offers a PowerShell accessory for $100, and if that price is a bit too steep, you can pick up an Ion Audio iCade Mobile Gaming controller for as little as $2. Just don’t expect stellar performance or build quality at that price.

There’s no word on how much Razer’s model will cost or when it will be available — but the company made a big splash at CES 2013 by introducing a Windows gaming tablet and accessories. It’s not hard to imagine Razer unveiling its plans for the iOS space at CES 2014 next month.

via The Verge

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9 replies on “Razer “Kazuyo” could turn iPhones into mobile game consoles”

  1. I don’t get it, why are all these kinda devices continuously released without analogue sticks? it’s a complete no-brainer afaic.. people want them, the games need them.. what’s so hard to understand?

  2. Yet another controller with no analogue nubs/sticks. Sometimes I think these companies design controllers with zero input from anyone that’s actually even so much as played a game.

    1. Exactly! Pretty much every platform (3DS, Vita, 360, PS3, etc.) uses analogue sticks. I’m not sure what companies are thinking.

    2. They’re only able to do what the API allows them to do. The Standard API allows a D-Pad, shoulder Buttons, and a 4 button diamond… Exactly like this. Once Extended and Extended Wireless become available, we’ll see more diversification in controller styles. Until then… jus don’t buy one if it bugs you. Or buy one and support the community, and help get past the chicken and egg problem game developers have so Extended becomes available sooner and more games support them, just know that it will require some of your money to do so.

      1. Not sure I follow what you are on about there. The game controller extensions added in IOS 7 support analogue sticks/ nubs

  3. If you bought one of these for the iPhone4S, it would be useless with the iPhone5. With rumors of a larger iPhone6, will this be obsolete by the time it hits the market? It’s a cool device, but I’ll stick with a Bluetooth control, thanks.

    1. No Apple API when the iPhone 4S came out. Also don’t believe the iPhone6 rumors… They’re just that, rumors, and may be but probably are not true. Also if you look at the design of that carefully… Your phone slots into a speaker bracket that slots into the controller, you could ‘upgrade’ the speaker bracket and have support for different phone sizes.

  4. That is a slick looking accessory, but is it easy to bring along?
    That’s an issue I’ve run into with stuff like this: at a certain point I just went with a good quality bluetooth controller and ditched the gimmicks.

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