2012 CES – Gametel Peripheral Could Change Mobile Gaming

Last night we attended the CES Unveiled Press Event to get a sneak peek at some of the offerings that the consumer will see hitting the market in the next few months or years.  We got to take a look at a couple of products that definitely piqued our interest.  One product of key interest was Fructel’s Gametel peripheral for Android and iOS phones.

Every mobile gamer can tell you that onscreen directional controls just don’t seem to work for any number of reasons.  Fructel’s Gametel device gives you tactile controls in lieu of their often clunky touchscreen counterparts.  Simply snap the device onto your Android or iOS device and start playing.  The device includes controls that any gamer will find familiar including a Directional Pad on the left, four buttons on the right, and two shoulder buttons on top.  When not in use, the device can be detached and collapsed for easy storage in a pocket, bag or purse.

The Gametel was very easy to use and was demonstrated on a number of Android phones as well as an iPhone and iPad.  Less than fifty games currently support the device, but it would be hard to imagine companies not jumping at the opportunity to work with a peripheral like this.  Switzerland based Fructel already has the device in stores across the pond and are hoping to soon find a distributor to bring it over to the States.  In the meantime, we’ll be looking forward to getting a little more hands on with this gadget.


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January 9, 2012 - 6:39 pm