Please Let This Bluetooth Gamepad For Smartphones Be Real

The iPhone might be nibbling away at Nintendo's market share, but there are still plenty of games that are damn near unplayable with a touchscreen. Physical buttons are the way to go, and if Levelup's Bluetooth ROAM controller is legit, they won't be able to take our money fast enough.

The ROAM might look like the awkward, boxy NES controllers many of us were weened on, but it has a lovely rounded finish and includes modern gaming necessities like dual analogue joysticks and shoulder buttons. Levelup claims the ROAM works with iOS and Android with varying levels of functionality for each operating system, as well as any device with a Bluetooth connection like a laptop or a console. And with 10 hours of battery life there's nothing we see here that isn't worth the $US40 they're asking. Now if only we could actually buy it somewhere. [Levelup via Ubergizmo]


    Looks just like the icontrolpad, which has been out for a while and works great!

    Or the iCade 8-bitty, due out later this year...

    Needs another set of shoulder buttons. Probably can't be that form factor in that case. =p

    We don't need it for sale, we need developers to support it.

      Truth be told what we really need is an official gamepad SDK.

    guys if you're on android and have a ps3, get sixaxis controller. Let's you map all of your buttons/analogues to anywhere on the screen with an easy to use profile. Essential app.


      We already have a BT gamepad for our phones: it's called PS3 sixaxis/DualShock 3. Widespread; not terribly expensive; pretty good in the hand; and uses a standard BT ... profile? stack? I'm not good with software terminology.

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