Epic Games has been kind with the Fortnite updates on both iOS and Android, but one long awaited update has finally arrived. Version 7.30 of the app on the Apple App Store adds MFI controller support. This means physical, third-party controllers like the Steelseries Nimbus and Gamevice will work while playing Fortnite on both the iPhone and iPad. Android devices will now work with most Bluetooth controller like the Steelseries Stratus XL, Gamevice, Razer Raiju, and more.
The MOGA Rebel MFi controller is releasing just a few days before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 17th. The good news is that it's extendable clip (or MOGA S.M.R.T. Lock), which holds the iPhone, extends to 3.75 inches, meaning users will be able to attach the 3.07-inch iPhone 6 Plus to the controller.
The MOGA Rebel connects to the iPad (4th generation and above) and the iPhone/iPod Touch (5th generation and above) via Bluetooth. Obviously the MOGA S.M.R.T. Lock will not work with anything larger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but any basic iPad stand will work for use with all of Apple's tablets. The controller features an Xbox-like design with shoulder buttons and triggers, a D-pad and two analog sticks. It is also supports "hundreds" of games, according to MOGA.
The popular hardware company Razer has announced a new MFi (Made For iOS) gaming controller for the iPhone. Razer describes the "Junglecat" as a "light weight and ultra-slim" gamepad case for hardcore gamers. The controller is designed with portability in mind measuring in at only 20mm thin so it can easily fit in your pocket. The Junglecat also features a slide-out tray that houses its D-pad, ABXY action buttons and bumpers, which makes it around the same size as a standard iPhone case when it is closed.
What separates the Junglecat from other MFi controllers on the market is its companion app which allows users to customize their experience. For example, gamers can use the app to adjust the sensitivity of each individual button and remap them anyway they want. Razer also promises that the Junglecat will deliver the full "tactility and precision of a full-fledged" gaming controller.
There have been a handful of iOS gaming controllers released since Apple added MFi controller support to iOS 7, but most cost between $80 to $100 and require a Lightning connection to work. Logitech's PowerShell was originally one of those $100 iPhone controllers, but it is now available for only $50 on Amazon.com.
The Logitech PowerShell easily attaches to the iPhone 5, 5s and fifth-generation iPod running iOS 7.0 or later. It is equipped with a 1500 mAh battery, an analog directional pad, and several buttons including two shoulder trigger buttons. Logitech promises the controller "fits easily into your pocket" thanks to its "portable slim, streamlined" design.
SteelSeries announced today the first iOS 7 wireless controller for all mobile Apple devices. Unlike the previously released MFi controllers, which only support the iPhone, the SteelSeries Stratus is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod. The wireless controller connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth 2.1 instead of attaching itself to a Lightning connector.
The Stratus is specifically designed for console-style gameplay and can even be used with an HD TV via AppleTV using AirPlay Mirroring.
“The Stratus Wireless Controller, the first wireless gamepad controller ever to be supported in iOS 7, forever alters the mobile gaming landscape,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “With Stratus, gamers have easy and direct access to a growing roster of great games on iPad that were intended for an immersive, controller-enabled experience."