[WORLDKINGS - Ideastime] Daily Highlights 14 January 2023 – Turtle Beach’s new Atom controller splits in half to clamp onto your Android phone


(Wcsa.world) The $99.99 controller is meant to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Backbone and Razer’s Kishi, though it only supports Android and there are no signs of PS Remote Play.

Hot on the heels of releasing its first cloud-focused controller, Turtle Beach is announcing a dedicated game controller for Android phones. The new Turtle Beach Atom is focused on mobile gaming and cloud streaming, as it’s solely an attachment for Android phones. The Atom’s left and right halves attach to a phone via clamps and connect to it via Bluetooth 4.2, which should save the hassle of having to remove your phone’s case each time you want to play.

This $99.99 Android controller is available to preorder now and set to launch on November 14th in three colors: red, black and teal, and black and yellow. The latter is officially licensed by Xbox, complete with a branded guide button and one month of Xbox Game Pass included for new users. Those are not exactly the colors I think of when I think of Xbox, but it certainly fits the Atom’s slightly garish-looking vibes.



Turtle Beach claims that the Atom uses full-size sticks and buttons for a console-like experience, though one thing to keep in mind is these smartphone controllers are usually designed for portability. The Atom looks a little chonky, though it tries to get around this by inverting its sides to magnetically attach them to one another — making a slightly smaller package than if they just slid into one another like a Backbone or Razer Kishi.



Those competitors seem to be exactly what Turtle Beach is gunning for, as they’re all priced the same, though Turtle Beach is definitely doing things a little bit differently with its split design. For one, the Atom is entirely wireless; not only does it connect to your phone via Bluetooth but also the halves of the controller connect to one another via 2.4GHz wireless. Since it doesn’t actually plug into your phone, there’s no opportunity for passthrough charging. The Atom has its own rechargeable battery (two, actually, with one in each half) that charges via USB-C. Turtle Beach claims it should last up to 20 hours and recharge fully in 2.5 hours, though a phone will likely need to be recharged during an extended play session well before the Atom.



While the big companies in the world of gaming and tech are still figuring out cloud gaming, Turtle Beach seems to be taking a shotgun approach between the Recon Cloud and the Atom — trying to appease as many styles of play as possible. That is, of course, with the glaring omission of anyone using an iPhone or who wants to stream their PlayStation consoles via Remote Play.

The Atom seems like the logical progression for Turtle Beach after the Recon Cloud, though now that it’s trying to go pound for pound with the Backbone One and Razer Kishi, the stakes seem a little higher.

According to theverge.com


Yun Ruan (Editor) - World Creativity Science Academy - WCSA