Rumor: Apple to launch a game controller soon [Update: Nope]

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PocketGamer reports that Apple is planning to launch its own game controller soon.

PocketGamer claims that Apple was at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) under a pseudonym company name courting developers to ensure that a large number of games support the game controller when it is launched.

The report claims that according to their sources Apple could launch the game controller as early as next month along with the rumored launch of the next generation iPad and iPad mini.

PocketGamer speculates:

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.

While most games work quite well with touch, there are some games that would be more suitable with physical buttons that are available on game controllers.

So third-party game controllers such as iControlPad,  Ion Audio’s iCade game controllers, Think Geek’s iCade 8-bitty controller etc or accessories such as Fling have been quite popular with iOS device users.

PocketGamer does not know if Apple’s game controller will take a conventional approach or employ a radical new design.

Will you buy an Apple branded game controller? Let me know in the comments.

Update:

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop who as an impeccable track record when it comes to Apple related product rumors  and famous for his one-word responses has categorically refuted with his typical “Nope.”

Via: PocketGamer

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