Last July the Wikipad finally managed to make its way to retail after a myriad of issues and delays. Since then, we haven’t heard much from the company, but now they are back with something new. No, not another gaming tablet. This time Wikipad is bringing us a physical controller for our Android device, under the name Gamevice.
The Gamevice looks nice, but we have to wonder whether Wikipad will actually be able to deliver this time around.
The new controller uses what the company is calling a “flex bridge” design which expands or collapses in order to snugly fit around most mobile devices. The accessory basically turns smartphones into traditional handheld gaming devices and includes a modern button layout with dual analog sticks, L1/L2 and R1/R2 buttons, an analog D-pad and four action buttons.
The mockup above certainly looks nice, but with Wikipad’s track record, we have to wonder whether the Gamevice will actually be able to deliver. Right now the Gamevice has no specific launch timeframe, save for “sometime in 2014”. There also doesn’t appear to be an official prototype to show off at CES 2014, making it painfully obvious that this is more of a concept product that Wikipad announced merely so we wouldn’t forget about their company altogether.
Still — if they can manage to create a product that’s well priced and truly fits most smartphones like a glove, it could find a place in the accessory market. This is especially true as more advanced games (read: games that would be better with a physical controller) continue to make their way to the Play store.
What do you think, like the idea of the Gamevice or do you feel that there are already more than enough high-quality physical controllers on the market right now?