iCade Turns iPads Into Classic Gaming Machines

If you own an iPad, and miss the electric buzz and excitement of old-school video game arcades, the ION iCade may be just for you. We were able to take a quick look at this interesting accessory at CES 2011 and we liked what we saw.

Essentially, the iCade is a fancy tablet case styled as miniature arcade machine. It specifically accepts iPads and lets players control retro games using built-in controls via Bluetooth connection. According to ION, a selection of classic Atari games will be provided through the iCade’s iPad app, but so far the only game announced is Asteroids.

No word yet either on the iCade’s pricing and availability or if support for other devices is planned. Android tablets would be a natural upgrade but we’ll just have to wait and see.

UPDATE: ION has confirmed that it expects to sell the iCade for $99 in Spring, 2011.

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