A new physical joystick specifically designed to increase control precision in smartphone or tablet games could soon be winging its way to you after successfully achieving its funding goal on Kickstarter. The team behind ScreenStick say that it can be used on most touchscreen games with on-screen controls and is totally platform independent, meaning that iOS, Android and Windows Phone are all covered.
The package includes both a traditional joystick and a joypad attachment, so you can choose which is most suited to your specific game.
Games that have been testing for compatibility so far include big titles such as:
GTA: San Andreas
FIFA 15: Ultimate Team
I love the idea of this as I’ve always found touchscreen controls in-natural and lacking in any form of feedback. Bluetooth joysticks and joypads compatible with smartphones are on the market, but the reason they haven’t taken off, I suspect, is that they add considerable bulk.
Smartphones games are now getting to a point where they are rivalling the last generation of console games, but are stuck with primitive touchscreen controls. This pocket sized accessory could well be what die-hard gamers need on the morning commute to give that home console feel.