Console controls come to mobile with new detachable gamepad Gamevice

From the makers of the Wikipad comes the all-new detachable analog gamepad Gamevice for Android and Windows 8 devices.

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Wikipad Inc, the makers of the $250 gamepad-equipped Wikipad Android gaming tablet, today announced the creation of an all-new detachable analog gamepad controller designed to bring console-like controls to third-party mobile devices. The Gamevice controller (pictured above) promises to transform mobile games into "full fledge mobile console experiences with a slim, portable controller" that "effortlessly" connects to mobile devices.

At launch in 2014, the Gamevice will support select Windows 8 and Android mobile devices, but according to Wikipad president Fraser Townley, we might see iOS support in the future.

"We value the opinions of our community. We heard from many people who either expressed love for the Wikipad 7" or who already owned an iPad or an Android or Windows 8 mobile device and wanted us to make a controller that worked for them," Townley said. "We are currently working on versions for Windows 8 and Android devices. We have not forgotten other important OS systems and we hope to announce additional support those in the near future."

The Gamevice features dual analog sticks, an analog D-pad, and four analog action buttons. Wikipad said the form factor should feel familiar to players accustomed to console controls.

Pricing details are not available. In addition, a list of supported devices for the Gamevice is unavailable. We've reached out to a Wikipad representative for comment and will update this story with anything we hear back.

Wikipad also announced today that a new over-the-air update for the Wikipad 7" gaming tablet is in the works. It will include controller mapping, Android 4.2 support, and will introduce Madfinger Games' first-person zombie shooter Dead Trigger 2 to the game store. Lastly, Wikipad and WildTangent Games have agreed to a partnership that will see its games become available on the mobile device.

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