The XAPPR: Smartphone Shooting

XAPPR review 001For all of the potential that the iPhone has as gaming platform, it is hamstrung by the lack of buttons.  Early shooter games for iOS used virtual thumbsticks to try to simulate the layout of a console gamepad.  This rarely worked well and gave rise to shooters that took advantage of the accelerometer in mobile phones.  With this, players could aim by moving their phone around instead of sliding their thumbs around on the screen.  It is a better set up but it still feels awkward and lacks any tactile sense of firing a real gun.  The XAPPR gun accessory fixes this problem by letting gamers attach their mobile device to a gun-shaped peripheral and fire with a functioning trigger.  Continue Reading

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