Wikipad announces the Gamevice controller for the Apple iPad mini

Wikipad, a firm which produces its own Android based tablet with surrounding dedicated game controller, has branched out to embrace the Apple iPad Mini (and iPad Mini with Retina Display). The new product is called the Gamevice controller, and just how it sounds it takes a hold of your iPad mini from either side to provide a good set of gaming controls. The device even has its own dedicated website now.

Wikipad Gamevice

Wikipad Gamevice

The Gamevice is heralded as “Your Mini, maxed, a real console experience on mobile,” on the official promotional site. This gaming accessory offers a wide range of console-like controls to replace or augment your iPad Mini gaming activities. What controls do you get? The following are all present; dual analogue control sticks, two triggers beneath the unit, a D-pad on the left side and ABXY buttons on the right. It also has a power and a feature/select button. This lets you game in comfort making the best use of your opposable thumbs.

We are told simply that “If an iOS game supports controllers, then it’ll work with the Gamevice”. Pocket Lint reports more exactly that “all games that feature iOS 7 control codes,” will be compatible with the Gamevice. That includes titles such as Tomb Raider, GTA: San Andreas and Galaxy on Fire 2.

Wikipad Gamevice, from the sides

Wikipad Gamevice, from the sides

The Wikipad Gamevice interfaces with the iPad mini via its Lightning connector so should offer lag-free controls that don’t sap energy by running Bluetooth wireless components.

The Gamevice looks to be nicely made and is pictured in a white to match the white iPad mini. Availability and pricing isn’t given on the promo web site but you are invited to sign up there for updates. However we do know that the Gamevice will launch before the year is out.

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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