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The PhoneJoy Play sliding controller gives physical controls to touchscreen games

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What’s this? Another controller that promises to be the solution for intuitive smartphone gaming? Something tells me we’ve heard that one before, but we’re willing to hear the people at PhoneJoy Solutions America out. The company just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new style of controller called the PhoneJoy Play. It can function as a standalone controller, but also possesses a sliding mechanism that can house the iPhone and Android phones.

The PhoneJoy Play slides out horizontally when it’s pulled on both sides. The resulting gap is large enough to securely hold a phone as large as the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Since that’s pretty much the largest smartphone out there now, any other phone should also fit. Here’s what it looks like.

The controller connects to iOS and Android devices through Bluetooth. It’ll pair as easily as a regular headset. Once it’s connected, you have to access the PlayJoy app and launch games from there. PlayJoy says hundreds of games are compatible with the controller such as Grand Theft Auto 3, Giana Sisters, Game Dev Story and Shadowgun. It’s also working on a SDK so more developers can make their games compatible.

When not connected to a mobile device, the PhoneJoy Play can also be used with a computer running Windows, OS X and Linux.

PhoneJoy needs $50,000 within the next 29 days to call this Kickstarter a success. So far, it has raised nearly $3,000.

Source [Kickstarter]

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