Confirmed: Apple opens door to licensed iOS game controllers

Confirmed: Apple opens door to licensed iOS game controllers
Days after Apple unveiled a new API to support game controllers for its iOS 7 SDK, the firm has lifted the lid on plans to launch certified control pads for iOS devices.

Confirmation of the move has been made via documentation made available to iOS developers that details the specification of the controllers the API will support.

The idea is, by unifying the basic layout and functionality of the controllers, developers implementing the API can be confident that any licensed controller will work seamlessly in play.

Unified approach

As rumoured earlier in the day, however, games that make use of the game controller API will also have to ensure gamers can play them with touchscreen controls too.

The advised control layouts themselves – as seen in images below leaked from the document earlier today – will come in three forms: both standard and extended 'form-fitting' controllers that hug the device's shell, and wirelessly connected stand alone gamepads.

The form-fitting controller

Nevertheless, Apple warns developers in the document that, despite these guides, different manufacturers may choose to alter the physical layouts of their controllers.

The wireless control pad

This won't make any difference to how it interacts with the API, however, with predefined inputs the pad must support ensuring they all work in the same way.

Apple notes that the documentation is not yet final, and changes may be made in the future without notice. Registered iOS developers can read the documentation in full here.

With a fine eye for detail, Keith Andrew is fuelled by strong coffee, Kylie Minogue and the shapely curve of a san serif font.


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