Razer has officially announced its latest gaming peripheral, the Junglecat gamepad, for iOS devices. The Junglecat works with an iPhone 5 or 5S and, like other iPhone game controllers, also acts as a protective case for the device.
The Junglecat features a slider that brings in or out the gamepad which features 4 pressure-sensitive face buttons, a D-pad, and a set of bumpers. According to Razer, users won’t need to detach the Junglecat from their iPhones as all the phone’s buttons and ports have been translated onto the Junglecat and as the controller is only 20mm thin it is still very pocketable.
The Junglecat comes with a downloadable iOS app where users can remap and customize all of the controller’s buttons as well as adjust their pressure sensitivity. Users will be able to save up to 20 different profiles allowing them to save different control settings for each of their games. To help Junglecat users, the iOS app also recommends titles from the Apple App Store that are optimized for playing with a controller.
“Game development is cascading into mobile with incredible production values and at a record pace, and the crossover of console gamers playing on their iOS and other mobile devices is growing in stride,””says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “The opportunity to design a sleek, high-performance gamepad controller for the iPhone was an exciting proposition that we can’t wait to share with our community and the world.”
Additionally, the Razer Junglecat is a certified MFi product which means that it can be used with the latest features of upcoming Apple products announced at the recent WWDC. One of these features include Game Controller Forwarding which allows the Razer Junglecat to be used as a controller for larger-screen Apple devices.
The Razer Junglecat will be available sometime in July 2014 for an SRP of $99.99. Interested users can register at Razer’s website