iPhone 5/5S Logitech Powershell: Almost Like PSP

People who play mobile games very often won’t mind to have an additional controller to add some comfort to the game process. By all means, titles like Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja are meant to be played on a touchscreen but at the same time RPG and FPS like games require a bit different approach. Sure, the idea is not new and a couple of months ago Samsung even dared to announce a portable controller of their own. But what about Apple and iPhone 5/5S in particular? Are there any deals that can force Apple enthusiasts to love their gadgets even more? It looks like there is one and its name is Logitech Powershell.

It’s been a while since Logitech announced their gaming accessory and that’s a good sign: as long as we are talking about Logitech Powershell, it means that the gamepad is interesting and might actually gain popularity. It also means that it’s been tested by Apple and Gaming enthusiasts and now it’s time to share some information about its possibilities and features. So, with no further ado, let me introduce you the finger-breaker, the incredible Logitech Powershell.

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Logitech Powershell and iPhone 5/5S

Probably, some Apple fans who do not want to upgrade their mobile friend to the newer version, will be disappointed that Logitech Powershell can work with iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S smartphones only. Mostly because of the form factor and renewed lightning charger. On the other hand, there is iPhone 6 on the way, which means – less and less people will have the iPhone 4 and 4S models in their hands. Also, there is a slight possibility that the new iPhone will have a lot of things in common with the iPhone 5 and, probably, will even fit in the Logitech Powershell. But, it’s just a thought.

On the other hand, Logitech Powershell does sound like a decent piece of plastic due to the fact that it was created and produced by Logitech. There is no need to be a dedicated gamer to be aware of the fact that Logitech is known for making great gaming keyboards, mice and, of course, controllers (gamepads, etc.) Logitech Powershell is not only a decent piece of plastic but also happens to be a good technological addition to your gaming needs.

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Logitech Powershell and Its Design

For some reason, Logitech Powershell reminds me the good old Sony PlayStation Portable 2000. Sure, it has a bit different forms and buttons, but there are a few things in common with the old-fashioned PSP and I won’t be surprised to hear that Logitech Powershell designers have been inspired by the already mentioned portable gaming station from Sony.

iPhone 5/5S fits perfectly well in a special cradle of Logitech Powershell and serves like a display during your gaming time. It connects to the smartphone via the lightning port and that is why it is not compatible with the other Apple product. Sure, you might give it a try and connect other gadgets using adapters and connectors but there is a great possibility that it won’t work.

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On the back side of the Logitech Powershell you will see a big hole. No, it’s a not because the gamepad is broken. This hole was cut on purpose to let your camera be operational no matter what. Though, you can’t say the same about the mini Jack port. When you place your phone into the gamepad, it makes the port unreachable for your headphones. Luckily, Logitech got that covered and in case you need to play some games with the headphones on, use a special adapter. It looks ridiculous but right now it is the only saving (unless you have Bluetooth headphones).

When held in vertical position, Logitech Powershell kind of reminds a big TV remote control with a large touchscreen inside and a few buttons on the top and at the bottom. But, it is very likely that you are not going to play iOS games by holding it like this. So, when you place the Logitech Powershell in your hands correctly, you will get a comfortable D-pad on your left and 4 Xbox like buttons on the right. There is also a safe slider near the D-pad and a “Pause” button under the navigation buttons. On the top side of the gamepad you will find the additional L and R buttons. Probably, the best thing about the controller is that it has a 1500 mA/h battery that can last for hours of intensive gaming.

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Logitech Powershell Does Not Like All Games

At this moment Logitech Powershell, when paired with the iPhone 5/5S, can cope with about 120 games. From the most interesting titles it is important to mention the Asphalt 8: Airborne, Bastion, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Wolf Among Us, Limbo and others. If you are interested in the full list, you can check it out by going here. Unfortunately, the question of adding new games depends more on developers who want to promote their products than on Logitech themselves. The only thing they can do is to let the developers do their job and invest some effort in expanding the list of supported titles.

Some Last Thoughts on Logitech Powershell

In general, Logitech Powershell is a great accessory and should be a nice little present for a person you love and who happens to have one of the latest iPhone gadgets. Though, its price (about 100$) and some features do not let me call it the best controller for mobile gaming. Even despite the fact that Logitech is standing behind the little guy, there are some things that should be kept in mind before you press the purchase button.


The Good Things:

+ Easy to connect

+ Inbuilt 1500 mA/h Battery that can charge your phone

+ It feels comfortable in hands

+ Made from decent materials, plastic doesn’t feel cheap


The Bad Things:

– Too big

– Bad ergonomics

– Buttons react with delay

– L and R buttons are hard to press

– A limited number of supported games


Author: Oleg Repetskiy

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