Razer wants to make gaming on your iPhone easier with its new Junglecat accessory. By snapping in your Apple smartphone, Junglecat adds a case with a slide-out gamepad that connects to your mobile device via the lightning port. The result is something that looks similar to Sony’s PSP Go or Xperia Play smartphone.
The controller features a directional pad, four face buttons, and two bumpers. Button mapping and pressure sensitivity can be customized using the forthcoming Junglecat companion app, and the accessory works with hundreds of titles including NBA 2K14, Bastion, and Asphalt 8: Airborne. Users will be able to program 20 different controller profiles.
The casing is 20mm thin and Razer states that all of the phone’s buttons and ports are accessible—the Lightning connector, however, is obviously occupied. The Junglecat also features forward throwing sound channels to push audio towards the user.
Yesterday during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, Apple announced its new Metal gaming technology. EA, Epic Games, Crytek and Unity have been working with platform, and an Unreal 4 tech demo was shown off during the event.
The Razer Junglecat launches this July and will be available in black or white for $99.99 USD / €99.99. The accessory is iOS 7-compatible and works with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S.