Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery and Moga Ace Power

The new Apple’s iOS7 has already given an innovative edge to all gaming apps. All the gamers and consumers wanting to have an iDevice game controller now have the option of not one, but two gaming choices- just a day after Moga revealed its Ace Power for iOS7, Logitech launched the PowerShell Controller + Battery.

MOGA and Logitech are the first corporations to reveal a game controller-cum-battery pack for the iPhone or iPod Touch and that too almost together, and that’s why the comparisons are inescapable.

The concept of these two devices is quite similar. Both are shell-style gamepad fittings designed to fit iOS 7 iPhones and iPods. The construction of both these devices is plastic and has a form-fitted grip.

Logitech PowerShell Controller

The Logitech is a weighty number presenting a single d-pad and a built-in 1500mAh battery. Vents offer access to phone features like volume control and camera and a 3.5mm headphone adapter permits for a plugged-in sound. The General manager of the Logitech gaming business Ehtisham Rabbani says  “We designed this controller to deliver a true console-gaming experience on an iOS 7 mobile device,” and further adds “With gaming so pervasive on the mobile platform – our research shows that 87% of iPhone and iPod touch users play games on their device – it’s time to revolutionize the experience.”

Moga Ace Power

Moga Ace Power looks almost like a Xbox 360 controller and the user can stretch it and open it to fit into an iPhone 5 or iPod Touch and has a 1800mAh in-built battery. It also doubles as a battery pack and is made of lightweight plastic.

As for the expert’s view, TouchArcade says for MOGA that the $100 price tag is a little too high. The build quality wasn’t up to snuff, and sadly, not a lot of games take advantage of the controller.

Engadget went to Logitech’s offices to try out the PowerShell, and had mixed feelings. The PowerShell though looks like it is of higher quality than the Ace Power, but the form factor makes plugging in your headphones kind of difficult.  The Moga’s controller has a better trigger buttons, whereas the PowerShell merely emulates only the most basic controls.

By David Pate, G+ profile.

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