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It’s game on for iOS 7 hardware controllers: Logitech launched its entry with the PowerShell + Battery controller for $99. The accessory has an internal battery so it can recharge your iOS 7 device, but it lacks joystick controls, opting for a D-Pad instead.

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This must be the week to debut gaming controllers for iPhones and iPod touch devices. Yesterday, Moga announced pre-orders for its Mogo Ace Power device and on Wednesday, Logitech counter-punched by launching its PowerShell Controller + Battery. Logitech’s accessory for iPhone 5, 5s and fifth-generation iPod touch is now available online for $99 at Best Buy and the Apple Online Store.

As the name implies, the PowerShell Controller + Battery includes an internal battery to keep your iOS 7 running after a long gaming session. The battery capacity is 1500 mAh and roughly doubles the run-time of your mobile device. To use the controller and charge your handheld, you simply insert it into the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery as you would any case.

Gaming controls adorn the left and right side of your iPhone or iPod touch: There’s a D-pad, shoulder triggers and action buttons for gaming. Since the controller doesn’t fold up — the competing Moga unit does — this won’t fit in a pocket. But on the other hand, it does recharge your iPhone or iPod touch, which to me makes it a better value for the same price. On the flipside, however, there are no analog sticks which could be a big let-down to serious gamers.

I’ll look to get my hands on one of these in the coming days and report back on the controls and game experience.

  1. According to the Gizmodo article, the Moga does have the ability to charge your iOS devices:

    “Additionally, the Moga Ace has a rechargeable 1800mAh battery so that it can serve as a backup and/or charge your device while you play.”

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