The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i controller is an Extended layout iPhone and iPad game controller produced by Mad Catz.
As per the Extended layout specifications, the C.T.R.L.i features 4 face buttons (), a circular d-pad, 2 left and 2 right shoulder buttons, 2 analog sticks, and a pause button. This is in contrast to the Standard controller layout specification, which loses the 2 lower shoulder buttons and 2 analog sticks. The face buttons, shoulder buttons, analog sticks, and d-pad are all pressure sensitive.
The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i connects to the iPhone and iPad via Bluetooth, and will be compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display, iPad Air, and iPod Touch (5th Gen). Due to Apple’s policies, the C.T.R.L.i is not compatible with any iPhone or iPads that do not have a Lightning port.
An optional iPhone grip will be included. If screwed to the back of the C.T.R.L.i, it can secure the iPhone to the controller itself. The grip is not compatible with the iPad or iPad Mini.
Mad Catz has a long history as a third-party peripheral manufacturer. For most of the ’80s and ’90s, they were infamous for selling cheaper-than-first-party controllers for the major consoles.
Starting in the early 2000s, Mad Catz made a conscious effort to significantly improve the quality of their products. This included buying high-end joystick maker Saitek, UK based peripheral maker Joytech, and several other well-regarded brands. These efforts have paid off, as many Mad Catz products are now regarded as top-tier choices.
The Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i was revealed to the world at Mobile World Congress 2014. It is based on the very well regarded Mad Catz Pro and MOJO android controllers, with modifications to make it compliant with Apple’s MFi standard. A version for Android, Mac, and PC is available for sale.
A complete list of all games that will be compatible with the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i is available here: Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Compatible Game List
A complete list of all games compatible for all MFi game controllers, including the Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i, is available here: MFi Controller Compatible Game List