I AM way too old to get excited by video games, but I accept they’ve become a way of life for younger folk — especially those trapped indoors by the dreaded virus.

Renault has announced it is about to release a Renault DP World F1 Team version of its Rotor Riot game controller, a globally available Lightning-connected controller for Apple iOS mobile devices.

If that makes any sense to you and it’s got your brain on alert mode, here’s the rest of the missive from the famed French car maker:

For more than 120 years, Renault has embraced the challenge of motorsport. 

The long-term goal for the team is to win Formula 1 races and World Championship titles, while simultaneously harnessing the value of its involvement through technical collaborations and innovative marketing and communication strategies.

Rotor Riot is the only Apple certified Lightning connected controller with clickable thumb sticks.

It operates exactly like a console game controller but is superior to wireless game controllers. 

Gamers can use Rotor Riot to play all controller-compatible mobile games such as Fortnite, Call of Duty Mobile, F1 Racing, Madden 21 and Minecraft, along with console games using PlayStation 4 Remote Play and OneCast (Xbox).

PC games can also be played using Steam Link, Shadow and Moonlight Game Streaming apps on an iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

“In 2020, virtual racing and gaming has been one of the principal ways teams have remained connected to each other and their fans,”commercial director of Renault Sport Racing, Antoine Magnan, said.

“A deeper dive into the virtual world has led us reaching out to audiences in new ways. 

“The Rotor Riot controller is the best way to play the F1 racing game on your iPhone, giving you the ability to race any time, any place.”  

Formula 1 team driver Esteban Ocon added: “Firstly, many thanks to Rotor Riot for allowing me to use the gaming controller. 

“The product is very nice and easy to use. 

“I like all sorts of gaming – racing, sports and even shooter games – when I’m not racing as it’s a great way to unwind and relax. 

“This is a fantastic and quick alternative for gaming on the go and something I very much enjoyed using.”

Interestingly, there’s no mention of teammate Daniel Ricciardo and what he thinks of Rotor Riot.

But then, the Australian is somewhat more mature than young Esteban.

The release goes on: 

This full-featured gaming and drone controller is compatible with all iOS devices with a Lightning connection running iOS 7 or later. 

Rotor Riot is a Lightning connected controller that assures gamers a clean connection, interference and latency free hook up for a superior gaming experience. 

In addition, the zero-gravity arm securely holds your device in place while providing a superbly balanced system for hours of tireless game play.

Rotor Riot’s wired controller draws less energy than a pair of earphones and now with its pass-through charging port, users can charge their device while playing their favourite game.

That’s it. I got lost at the Lightning connector stage. 


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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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