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Exclusive: Apple will launch an official gaming joypad soon

Secret revealed as it opens up to devs at GDC

Product: Apple news | Manufacturer: Apple
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Long rumoured - and hoped for - GDC 2013 has finally provided confirmation that Apple will release its own dedicated game controller.

Of course, there's no official word yet, but Apple has been active during the conference talking to developers about its plans and ensuring plenty of games will support the joypad at launch.

It's been operating a meeting room at the show, albeit booked under a pseudonym company name to avoid media attention.

However, speaking anonymously, multiple developer sources have confirmed the news to PocketGamer.biz.

In the hand

It's expected Apple will formally announce its plans during its annual April press event; previously this has been centred around the iPad.

Many things remain unknown, though.

None of our contacts had seen or held the physical device so we don't know if the pad will take a conventional approach or employ a radical new design.

Following recent mishaps, Apple doesn't let unreleased hardware leave its closely guarded offices.

Neither are we sure when the pad will be released.

It would be logical for it to hit retail alongside a new iPad, but given the opportunities a dedicated controller would provide in the living room, we'd expect it to be part of a large announcement also revealing Apple's wide TV strategy, including a direct assault on the console businesses of Sony and Microsoft.

Everybody plays the joypad game

The news follows on from an explosion in third-party controllers from iOS and Android devices during 2012.

This has come from dedicated peripheral companies like MOGA and Nyko, as well as start ups such as Green Throttle, and even unconsole players like Ouya and GameStick, for whom a physical controller is a vital part of their plans to disrupt the console business.

Another example of the important of a game pad to big business was Samsung's surprise announcement of its Game Pad at the Galaxy S4 launch.

And to complete the picture, one developer source also told us that Google will be making its own announcement about an official game controller in the near future too.

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Jon Jordan 29 March 2013
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Jul 2012
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Solm | 21:54 - 1 April 2013
I smell an early April Fools joke.
Apr 2013
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Laurence Smith | 14:58 - 1 April 2013
Go away Apple.... youre not needed or welcome. adding controller support will not make be care about mobile gaming. Mobile gaming is killing the industry that I love there are many benefits to it and money is to be made but the rest of the industry suffers. Especially if Apple gets into the gaming space. Consumers will flock to that WHICH IS BAD!
Feb 2013
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Andi Lindner | 21:09 - 30 March 2013
I hope there will be a solution with second screen like Wii U soon. The possibilities are endless with it. At the moment, the best thing on market by far is the Grid Game Case (gridgamecase.com). Its the one and only solution to play great games on a smartphone that really works at an affordable price point.
Apr 2010
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jeffyg3 | 22:58 - 29 March 2013
Damn time. Hopefully Apple TV will have the ability to download iOS games in the future and use a controller. That would kick some serious ass
Aug 2012
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mickey.dillard | 22:07 - 29 March 2013
Its about time.I have the gameloft gamepad for the ipad.but it only supports gameloft games.and only a very few of those.Not even MC4.I also have nyko and moga.Nyko was promising but has yet to come thru with a update for touchscreen mapping to gamepad.Moga is ok i have the small version.built well but analog sticks arent responsive.and too stubby.Someday a company will come out with one that works instead of a gimmick.Looking forward to the moga pro release.
Aug 2012
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Stanley Derochea | 19:07 - 29 March 2013
It's about time