For those who like to play mobile games, but don’t like the feel and inconsistancy of touch-screen gameplay, the GameDock may be just what you’re looking for.
According to TechCrunch.com, an Oregon-based team at Cascadia Games has developed this retro-inspired piece of hardware and have put it on Kickstarter for funding.
The GameDock has a Nintendo-like look to it. The gamers dock their iDevice (iPhone, iPod, iPad) to the GameDock and use a pair of NES looking controllers that are run through a pair of USB ports to control the game. The game itself is viewed on the players television with the help of an HDMI cable that comes with the GameDock.
According to the teams Kickstarter page, the GameDock will give players the ability to constantly play new games without having to update their game console since the GameDock remains compatible with your iDevice and apps as you upgrade. The GameDock is designed to be compatible with current iCade games as well as dock-ready games. However, creators Chris Jorgensen and Andi Greise say that iCade games with no more than two action and menu buttons will work the best. The GameDock will provide two-player support and ability to play with full 1080p HDTV output.
The GameDock has reached well over it’s Kickstart funding goal of $50,000, but backers still have until August 16th to provide funding if they wish. Backers can earn themselves their own GameDock with a pledge of $100, but if backers throw in an additional $25, they will get a pair of controllers and an HDMI adapter for the tv.
If all goes well, the GameDock should be able to be distributed to backers by December.
Here is a little video of the GameDock to wet your appetite with: