Is it possible to connect a video game controller to the ipad 2?

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  1. GAMESHARQ
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    For example, on my PC, I am using an Xbox 360 controller to play games via my USB port.

    I understand that the ipad 2 doesn't have a USB port, so is there any other way of connecting a game controller to it?
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    Didn't you also have to install drivers for said 360 controller? The same would need to happen on the iPad...and apple won't allow that. But when/if :D JB is released for ipad2...you can install emulators that can utilize the Wii controller that connects via BT for games.
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    Why? The games are gonna be designed for a touchscreen interface not a controller.
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    I use the "fling" controller which really is great, and I'll be getting the mini suctioned joystick soon for my birthday
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    Do you know if the Fling will stick if I have a screen protector on?

    Also, which joystick are you getting? Joystick-It? I was considering that, but it looks pretty big.
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    Yes, joystick it.

    It looks fairly chunky. I'll wait and see. Dunno about a screen protector though, but it's just a standard sukka thing you lightly lick and press on. Try something similar to see. The fling really is superb.
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    I have joystick it x 2....I like'm but they tend to slide if too much pressure applied.
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    Well, this may not be quite what you have in mind, but have you see the iCade? I'm hoping a lot of action games support it, especially arcade SHMUPs and such. I have one on order (backorder):

    ThinkGeek :: iCADE - iPad Arcade Cabinet

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    I've seen that once before in the ThinkGeek catalog. If it were possible to run the MAME emulator on the ipad, I'd totally get that.

    Then again, depending on how many games it's compatible with, I may get one.
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    I have an xperia play phone and it is so much better than the iPhone for games. I miss the iOS for everything else. The android OS is not that great. It's ok but needs a lot of work. I want apple to me a blue tooth controller to connect to my iPod touch, iPhone and iPad 2.

    64GB 3G White iPad
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    If I could play regular games on that box other than ataris aged dinosaurs then I'd buy it in a flash.
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    Well, that's what I'm hoping for, and the real reason I ordered one.

    They said they will release info to app developers to add iCade support after it starts shipping, so hopefully that will happen. I'm not interested in the Atari package either. For one thing, most of the games it supports were not meant to run in portrait, so you get a tiny display. And of course, most of those ancient games aren't very compelling anymore.

    I mainly want some of the good iOS SHMUPs to support iCade, like the Cave games, Warblade, Lightning Fighter etc.

    If that doesn't happen, I will probably sell mine.
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    That's a good point, even if it does play normal games, most of the ones I like to play are in landscape mode without a portrait option.
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    Yes it will work with a screen protector. I'm still looking for a better option than the Fling though. I want an actual controller. For people that mention the touch screen controls, they're ok for certain games but for games with mulitple buttons on them the controls suck. It's actually annoying to play them. I travel alot for work and don't want to bring a game console with me and I already have an I Pad so I don't want to buy a Vita but I also want to have some control over the games I'm playing.
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    finally a control pad for ipad/iphone...no batteries required...

    too bad only 31 games are supported....they need to partner with gameloft...
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    Maybe you need the Female USB to dock connector adapter cable to connect iPad to usb controller.


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