The Gaming Evolution, from Touch to Buttons

Now that touch screens have permeated all sorts of computer form factors from watches to phones and tablets, its worth mentioning touch interfaces can be good for some games and poor for many others. First person shooting games for example benefit from buttons. Moreover, on-screen touch buttons require fingers to get in the way of screen real estate.


MFI controllers alleviate many of these issues by bringing what users love in their console games to touchscreens. Recently, a new company launched on Kickstarter called Bluewhale hoping to produce the ultimate controller for your gaming life.

I reached out to the company to learn how this prodyuct compares to others on the market which are liked by reviewers such as the Mad Catz C.T.R.L. and the  SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller. This was the response:

  1. Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity, the Steelseries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller still uses bluetooth 2.1, and no other Apple game controller has bluetooth 4.0 like our product.
  2. We have a super huge back up battery, this can make the controller work for months, and it also allows players to charge  their Apple devices when playing games. Using it, you never have to worry your game will turn off because of battery life. It can extend your iPhone 6 playing time another 32 hours, and the iPhone 6 plus, 25 hours, etc. The Steelseries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller still uses AA batteries and has only 10 hours of battery life.
  3. It has a sleek ergonomic design, the shape similar to PS4 game controller and very durable structure.

There you have it… A new gaming controller which can keep you gaming for hours while allowing you to not cover up your screen real estate. All the while reminding us sometimes touch is inferior to actual buttons.

At least that’s the theory. As of this writing the company has raised $397 out of its $50,000 goal with seven backers. They’re looking to raise the rest of the money by June 12th or less than a month from now.

Gaming writer Chris Reed has an interesting thought about MFI controllers saying sales will take off when Apple TV starts to support them.

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