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September 13th, 2011 at 4:25 PM EST | by

Atari Announces New Joystick Peripheral for iPad

While the iPad itself is an incredibly popular device (with nearly 70 percent of the tablet market) peripherals are getting more popular by the day.  The peripheral accessories you hear about most often as cases that allow you to either offer big protection for the iPad or that offer some sort of keyboard.  Joysticks are also peripherals that are gaining even more popularity as users realize just how difficult it can be to play some games using just a touch screen.  
Sometimes the joystick peripherals are ones that can be stuck onto the touch screen itself like the Fling or Logitech joysticks that use a suction cup.  Other joystick peripherals are far more elaborate.  The iCade has been out on the market for a while now and while the device allows you to use a separate joystick to play certain games, its popularity comes from looking like a miniature old timey arcade game.
Now Atari has released its own accessory that has a joystick.  The Atari Arcade Duo Powered Joystick (not quite as catchy as the iCade) is a space age looking device that will connect to the iPad (supposedly either in Landscape or Portrait mode) and allow you to blast away on some of Atari’s greatest hits.  There isn’t much known about this new device just yet (including when it will be available or how much it will cost) but the joystick looks like an old timey joystick.  The devices panel also has four buttons you can mash on and Atari’s greatest hits app was just recently updated to be able to work with the device so it is presumably coming soon.


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