Controller options for iPhone 5

As the popularity of mobile gaming becomes increasingly more apparent, some intriguing ideas that get the most out of device are emerging, especially when it comes to controller options for the iPhone 5. Whether you are looking for a basic grip to house your iPhone when gaming or actual analogue controls, there are plenty of options to choose from.

To get an idea of the variety of gaming accessories we are taking a look at some clever innovative controllers. First up is the new Magnetic keyboard/gamepad case combination, which has snap on input devices that keep your iPhone 5 sleek without adding too much bulk.


Highlighting this cool looking accessory Tech Crunch show a video of the hybrid controller in action with two snap on magnetic features, one providing a Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard and the other being a game controller with the same connectivity.

The use of magnets on the aluminium backed surfaces can stack up and the thin accessories allow both controllers to be used in landscape or portrait orientation, as well as doubling up as a case. The EX Hybrid Controller for the iPhone 5 is available for $49.90, which seems to be a very good price considering the multi-features available.

On the Kickstarter website, the PhoneJoy Play is a compact gamepad that works with the iPad, PC and Android as well as iPhones, shown in the image above. Some PS Vita owners may feel there are not enough titles on the handheld at present, so this could be the answer to your gaming requirements.

The PhoneJoy Play controller is available for pre-order on the aforementioned site, and with physical controls we can see why this Kickstarter project has reached and gone over its $50,000 target. With plenty of positive reactions, this controller has the gamer in mind turning your iPhone 5 into an easily accessible mobile gaming device.


On Engadget they show the iFrogz Caliber Advantage case, which uses Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and is set to retail for $70. For those of you who are just looking for something that just makes your iPhone easy to hold while playing, iThrough has a holder grip designed specifically for the iPhone 5 for just $11.49.

When it comes to mobile gaming it’s nice to see plenty of varied ideas emerging with the focus on getting the most out of your gaming experience. Do any of the controllers above take your fancy?