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Moga Ace Power adds a game controller to your iPhoneDual analog pads, triggers, and everything you'd expect on an Xbox: the Moga Ace Power turns an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, or iPod Touch into a full-fledged mini-console, and works with hundreds of games.
Hey, I'm Scott Stein and what is this I'm holding in my hand? Is this some sort of old fashion Atari Lynx or next generation game handheld? No. It's an iPod Touch docked into the Moga Ace Power. This is an iOS game controller that's gonna be available now, costs $100 but it turns your iPhone or iPod Touch with lightning connector into a little handheld game system. Now, how does this magic work? Well, there's actually a whole set of instructions in iOS 7 that allow any game if it wants to connect to a third party controller like this one. This includes the ability to use all the controls that you would expect, maybe on a 3DS, on a PS Vita or on any sort of next gen or current gen game console, and be able to boil them down into a little handheld that also has a battery pack for recharging. It fits the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5C, the iPhone 5S and the 5th generation iPod Touch. Now, in order to attach an iPod or iPhone you need to slot it out and potentially use one of three, two different connectors with this. Now, because this connects with lightning, there is some passthrough options that you wouldn't get with Bluetooth. The headphone port is blocked up here but you do get headphone passthrough at the bottom of the controller and if you wanna recharge this, it accepts micro USB, the charging option of choice for many people to recharge this entire system and get that battery pack up this enough. When not in use, the Ace power compresses down into a little travel form which looks like a little controller. It'd be kind of awesome if you could just hold it and play like this but unfortunately, it's not meant to work like that. It only is meant to connect with your iPhone or iPod Touch in this phone. Sorry. Now, this type of control capability has been available on Android for a while. So, maybe Android users are saying, "What's the big deal" NVIDIA Shield and all those things like it. But there hasn't been anything like that on iOS and iOS frankly has the better game library. The Moga Ace Power really demonstrates so you can now connect a full game controller onto an iPod, on to an iPhone, maybe in the future to an iPad and do all the things you thought games should do. A hundred dollars is expensive but if you think of it as a stocking stuffer for someone who is game addicted in your family, it's not too high price to pay compared to consoles. I'm Scott Stein and that's the look at the Moga Ace Power, available now.