After launching its first smartwatch weeks ago, OnePlus just teased a new phone accessory: physical clip-on buttons that act as shoulder triggers for gaming and reportedly work on all iOS and Android phones. The company actually teased it was cooking up these gaming triggers during the OnePlus 9 launch event, Input pointed out. But we hadn’t officially heard anything about the OnePlus Gaming Triggers, as they are called until they were revealed today by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau via a tweet:
We designed the OnePlus gaming triggers to be solid, responsive, pleasingly “clicky,” and, yes, beautiful. We also made sure they work with many other phones—because the best product design is one that leaves you free to make your own choices. pic.twitter.com/hJNa4Dsa5s
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) April 21, 2021
The gaming triggers appear to be two separate physical accessories that clip over the front and back of a phone so that, when toasted, the triggers act like shoulder buttons found on game console controllers – or more accurately, like physical versions of the capacitive touch shoulder buttons built into the Asus ROG 5 and other top gaming phones.
The Triggers appear to be physical buttons with “Omron switches” for tactile feedback that works with your phone via capacitive conduction (aka as stand-ins for finger pressure), according to the device’s listing page on the OnePlus India store. In photos, the touch buttons overlap with (and presumably touch) upper parts of the screen, so players will likely need to remap on-screen control areas to parts of the screen where the Gaming Triggers can reach.
The OnePlus Gaming Triggers are currently on sale in the OnePlus India store for ₹1,099 (approximately $15 / £11 / AU$19), but it is unclear if and when they will be sold in other regions. We have contacted OnePlus for confirmation.
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