Apple working on official game controller?

Apple is developing an official game controller, according to a report.

Though Apple has not made an official announcement, anonymous developer sources told Pocket Gamer that Apple is conducting meetings at GDC to ensure support for the controller when it launches.

GameStick Android console final design
iPad fourth generation

It was not specified what devices the controller will support, though it could be Apple’s attempt to compete with the wide range of Android smartphone controllers like the MOGA, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 controller and NVIDIA’s Project Shield and Ouya.

It is also possible that the controller could launch with a new version of Apple TV, which would more directly compete with the consoles and Android systems like the GameStick and Ouya.

The emergence of game controllers for smartphones has been the result of companies trying to cater to higher end games, which may require more precise control than a touchscreen and virtual joystick can offer.

Controllers also hold appeal for letting users play games without having their finger obscuring part of the screen.

However, mobile controllers have not yet found widespread success due to a lack of supported games.

Pocket Gamer suggests that the controller could be revealed during Apple’s April press conference, which in past years has focused on new iPad hardware.

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