CES 2013: Hands-on with the Duo Gamer

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When I first heard about the Duo Gamer, I was pretty harsh towards it. The idea of a mobile game controller costing $80 without a rechargeable battery was something I simply could not get behind. I also wasn’t too thrilled with how it looked. Well, after playing with the Duo Gamer at CES 2013, I can say this controller feels like a good option for iOS gamers that want physical controls.

The Duo Gamer no longer costs $79.99. You can find it on sites such as Amazon for $39.99. This puts in more in line with the cost of other Bluetooth controllers. The Duo Gamer is also certified by Apple and can be purchased in Apple Store locations. That alone lends credence to the Duo Gamer. The real test comes when playing games with it.

In my demo, I played N.O.V.A. 3 and Asphalt 7: Heat from an iPad that was connected to a television. It took a couple minutes for my brain to process the fact that I was playing a mobile game on a smaller-than-usual controller, but it became second nature in no time. The controller doesn’t have a very premium feel to it (it’s just plastic after all), but it also didn’t feel like it was going to cave under the pressure of my button presses.

The only thing that makes me hesitant about the Duo Gamer is the fact that it is only optimized to play Gameloft games. If that restriction is ever lifted, I think the Duo Gamer could be one of the nicer controllers for iOS devices.

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