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CES 2013: Duo Games

Posted by: Dan at 1/15/2013 7:19 PM
The folks at Duo Games brought with them a few of their latest products, with a couple that folks running iOS gear will love.  We received our first look at Digital Experience, but I was able to get more hands-on with them when I toured Duo Games booth on the show floor.

The product that I was most interested in was the Duo Gamer, a collaboration between Duo Games and Gameloft.  The Duo Gamer is a handheld game controller that connects via Bluetooth to iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.  It is primarily set up to work with specific Gameloft titles (including Asphalt 7: Heat, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, Order & Chaos Online, Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front, and N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance.)  It comes with a stand, travel bag and AA Batteries and is Apple MFI certified.  I spent about 15 minutes playing Asphalt 7: Heat and was quite impressed with the comfort and responsiveness of the controller.  It is already available and can be found with an MSRP of $39.99.

The Duo Gamer at the Duo Games booth.

The other product that really caught my attention was the Duo Pinball, which is an app-supported pinball controller for iPad.  Once again, it uses Bluetooth connectivity, so regardless of whether you have a 30-pin or lightning connector, your iPad will work.  I spent quite a bit of time with it on the floor and was thoroughly impressed.  The Pinball HD and Pinball HD Collection apps were very responsive (you get five free tables right out of the box) to the physical flippers and spring-loaded plunger that the controller uses.  The iPad itself fits snuggly within the controller and gives off a nice feel because you can pivot the controller around like you would a real pinball machine.  The Duo Pinball is also available right now at an MSRP of $59.95.

We hope to take a look at both products early this year, so check back to see what we think.