January 6, 2014
Since Apple introduced game controller support in iOS 7, a number of companies have been announcing their own game controllers for iOS devices. In most cases, as in those of MOGA, Logitech, and Razer, the game controllers are snap-on accessories. But SteelSeries dares to be different with its newly announced Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller. The SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller is, in fact, touted as the first wireless game controller ever to be supported in iOS 7. The SteelSeries Stratus connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth. According to SteelSeries:
The Stratus Controller features a familiar console-style layout with the a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), 4 pressure-sensitive action buttons and 4 pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons, in addition to dual analog sticks, a dedicated pairing button to connect to iOS devices via Bluetooth and a convenient on/off switch to save on power. The battery life is estimated to be approximately 10 hours on a full charge, with an average full charge time estimated at 2 hours. It charges with an included USB connection cable.The SteelSeries Stratus also features a group of four red LEDs in the middle, indicating the number of controllers connected to a single device (up to four) during a multiplayer session. The SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. It's available for preorder starting today on the SteelSeries website for $99.99.