If you’re a fan of old-school 8 and 16-bit gaming, than you’re going to love Logitech’s new PowerShell Controller + Battery for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Not only does the PowerShell Controller + Battery turn your iPhone into a SNES-like controller, it also packs a battery that can give your device a little extra juice.
The PowerShell controller allows you to play games without using the pesky on-screen controls. The peripheral allows you to place your iPhone 5, or 5s in the center of the action, allowing you to take full advantage of the iPhone’s screen. A D-pad resides on the left side of the device, and four face buttons sit on the right side. The controller also includes shoulder triggers for firing off rounds of ammo when need be.
The PowerShell provides an extra 1500mAh of power, so you don’t need to worry about your battery dying while blasting away at zombie hordes. The controller is compatible with a ton of games, including Fast & Furious 6: The Game, MetalStorm Aces, Galaxy On Fire 2 HD and Nitro. If you enjoy playing old-school games via an emulator, the PowerShell is the best option for you.
The PowerShell + Battery is available beginning today, and costs $99.99. The controller can be purchased at BestBuy.com, as well as the Apple Online Store. It will launch at major retailers globally in December.
Press release follows below.
Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery Transforms Mobile Gaming
New Controller Turns Compatible Devices into Mobile Gaming Consoles; Roughly Doubles Battery Life
NEWARK, Calif. — Nov. 20, 2013 — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today introduced the Logitech® PowerShell™ Controller + Battery – providing console-style game controls and increasing game play-time on your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, or iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7.
To use this first-of-its-kind mobile gaming console, you simply insert your compatible iPhone or iPod touch into the controller as you would with a standard case. The analog off-screen controls of the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery deliver a gaming experience that’s familiar to console players everywhere, with a D-pad, shoulder triggers and face buttons that allow you to control game play.
As a result, you can use the entire screen for viewing the game, giving you a more immersive mobile gaming experience. And thanks to the controller’s comfortable shape, you can play for longer periods. The portable controller maintains a profile that fits easily in your pocket or small bag – putting intensive, complex games within your reach wherever you are.
“We designed this controller to deliver a true console-gaming experience on an iOS 7 mobile device,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “With gaming so pervasive on the mobile platform – our research shows that 87% of iPhone and iPod touch users play games on their device – it’s time to revolutionize the experience.”
With your iPhone or iPod touch in the controller, you’ll maintain full access to power on/off, volume, camera, speakers, headphone jack and charging. And your controller’s 1500 mAh battery increases the battery capacity of your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 or fifth-generation iPod touch. Plus, you can recharge both batteries without removing the phone from the controller.
The controller is compatible with the iOS 7 game controller framework for which a long and rapidly growing list of popular games are supported, including Bastion, Fast & Furious 6: The Game, MetalStorm Aces, Galaxy On Fire 2™ HD and Nitro™ among others available from the App Store.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery is available online beginning today for $99.99 at BestBuy.com and the Apple Online Store. The product is expected to be available with additional retailers globally in December. For more information please visit gaming.logitech.com or our blog.