This is actually a great thing…as it takes the concept of adding utility to the iPad case/cover. With all of the Gaming World looking seriously at the iPad and iOS as a development platform…combined with Gamers themselves wishing that iPad games were easier at controlling things in regards to the gameplay of games- movement, aim, shoot, directionals, etc…I would think this a very reasonable Concept solution for developing an iPad Gaming Case.
The Gaming Case for iPad might have a certain look and feel of a regular triangle cover case, that most use, giving it the default cover On/Off flap that adjusts to become a raised stand/platform…BUT add to it gaming controls typical of console controllers, that would utilize the screen (by mounting on it similarly to these Etch-a-sketch controllers- but be of typical Joystick and button interface.
There already is a company creating a stand alone rubber joystick called The Fling (puctured below) that attaches to the screen…by suction cups, but it is something that might be easily lost.
Make a case that had standard case design and setups, add controllers in lower corner positions (or perhaps some kind of easily sliding one that could adjust….and could easily change from using traditional screens with finger swipe based games to more controller based ones- if not utilizing both- all within the Cover/Case itself.
Be iPads evolution in competing with items like WiiU and PS Vita. Offering traditional iPad games, but adding controller-centric ones to the mix.
Of course the Fling rubber controller is a great option, which would need if nothing else a case/cover that has some type of pocket to carry it in…if not creating an entire case that is.
I have also used and seen iterations of controller schemes by even using the UI of the App Splashtop- which allows one to connect to their computer on their iPad, which makes even playing games like WoW or Diablo III possible. But the interface is standard…a default, not really made for gaming…which is a shame because one could easily see the combined use of screen touch and a controller of these concept designs to be completely logical and highly able to be optimized in development.
Imagine the World of Warcraft interface…with all of the mouse click buttons or keyboard bindings…all fully functional by pressing them via touch screen and swiping, etc…..but with the added ability of an actual controller attachment via the casing that protects the iPad already…
All that one would need is the games or access to them.
Of course….getting something like the new Logitech iPad cover/keyboard combo might be the best route for the World of Warcraft type games. But, for those that are more into Arcade style games like Call of Duty: MW or Assassins Creed….might want a case more designed with controllers in mind.