Unless you’re terrified of the FBI keeping tabs on you, or of wireless signals bouncing around your body, chances are you’re carrying a smartphone in your pocket every waking moment of the day. Chances are, you’re also using it to play games on, especially as we see devices like the iPhone 15 Pro boasting the ability to play some of the latest AAA games. Turtle Beach continue to see this as being an important market for them, and following the excellent Cloud Recon, they’re now releasing the Atom, a handy device that fits in your pocket and turns your iPhone into a Switch-like handheld.
Well, if we’re being honest it only fits into your pockets if they’re fairly large pockets, though the handy carry bag means you can alternatively chuck it in a backpack without fear of it picking up any dinks or scratches. The Atom has to have one of the smartest designs we’ve seen yet for when it’s being stored, seamlessly slotting its two halves together so that it’s one, palm-sized unit.
The two halves of the Atom clasp onto each end of your mobile phone, and thanks to the snug fit they provide they don’t move around to any significant degree. There’s a batch of additional padding as well if you own a slimmer model, and I’d expect most people to find that the Atom fits perfectly. My iPhone 14 Pro fit perfectly without any changes, and that was despite the oversized camera unit and having its case on. Officially, it supports any iPhone since the iPhone 11, but I imagine an older iPhone X would be happy enough in there too.
The Atom belongs to the school of ‘edgy’ gaming device design, but I love its bold blue colouring and gold detailing. It does look as though it’s slightly too angular, but in your hand, it turns out to be comfortableRead more on thesixthaxis.com