Gaming peripheral maker Razer revealed on Tuesday the Junglecat, a gaming controller for iOS devices that seems to borrow an idea or two from Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play, the first PlayStation-certified phone with a built-in controller. The gamepad slides out like the Sony phone, providing the typical directional button on the left, the ABXY action buttons on the right, and the shoulder buttons at the top.
"The Razer Junglecat’s engineering team shaved every millimeter possible in the controller’s design to ensure it molds seamlessly with the sleek profile of the iPhone," states the PR. "The result is an ultra-durable slider that reveals or hides the gamepad as desired."
Accompanying this new gamepad is a downloadable iOS app that allows gamers to remap and define all of the buttons, and to adjust the pressure sensitivity of those buttons. Here iPhone owners can create up to 20 personalized profiles, allowing them to switch sensitivity on the fly, to create an "array of programmed keybinds" and so on.
In addition to the Junglecat app, Razer is also launching a companion app as well, similar to what PowerA offers for the MOGA controllers. This app will list all games that are optimized for the controller so that iPhone owners aren’t digging through the App Store looking for a title.
According to a list of specs, the new controller supports Apple’s iOS 7 platform, and is designed for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. The device measures 5.9 inches long, 2.5 inches wide and 0.7 inches tall. The gamepad also provides open access to all of the phone’s ports and buttons.