CES 2014: SteelSeries announces new wireless gaming controller for iOS 7

By , Jan 6, 2014

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During last week’s ‘Let’s Talk iOS’ podcast, we mentioned our disdain for the current crop of iOS 7 game controllers. The current selection consists of just two poorly-reviewed devices, and we said we hoped CES would change that.

And it looks like it’s going to. SteelSeries, a popular maker of both desktop and mobile gaming peripherals, announced this morning that it’s going to use the convention to launch the ‘Stratus,’ the first wireless controller made for iOS 7…

From the company’s press release:

“SteelSeries, a global leader in the gaming peripherals and accessories market, today introduced the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller, specifically designed for console-style gameplay on iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® running iOS 7, as well as on your HD TV via AppleTV® using AirPlay® Mirroring from your iOS device with supported games.

 “The Stratus Wireless Controller, the first wireless gamepad controller ever to be supported in iOS 7, forever alters the mobile gaming landscape,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “With Stratus, gamers have easy and direct access to a growing roster of great games on iPad that were intended for an immersive, controller-enabled experience.”

The Stratus features a D-pad, 4 action buttons and 4 shoulder buttons, all pressure-sensitive, and dual analog sticks. It connects to your iOS device via Bluetooth, and the battery life is estimated to be around 10 hours on a full charge.

Charging takes about 2 hours via the included USB cable, and there’s a dedicated Bluetooth on/off switch to help you save power. There’s also LED indicator lights that show connected controllers during multiplayer—up to 4 of them.

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If you’re a fan of iOS gaming, this should excite you. Even if you don’t like the controller itself—which I actually have to say looks impressive—the fact that more accessory-makers are getting into the iOS gaming space is awesome news.

The Stratus is compatible with the current crop of games that support iOS 7 controllers, and will retail for the same price as the other options: $100. If you’re interested, it will be available for pre-order later today on the SteelSeries website.

So, what do you think of the Stratus controller?

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  • nitwitvd

    Thats just too much money

  • Luis B.

    I would rather hope to see Blutrol updated for iOS 7 and use a PS3 controller that costs less than $50

    • Just Abe

      or the DualShock 4 🙂

    • Dan

      The thing is, will it be compatible with IOS games though? Last time I tried it, think it only worked with emulators.

      • Luis B.

        Yes, it should. There’s an option in Blutrol that lets you map out which buttons do what. I got it working on GTA Vice City when I was on 6.1.2. I’d love to get that back.

  • on3simpleclick

    If it was something that I was going to use constantly, I’d buy it.
    But, I find myself uninstalling most games from my iPhone..

  • Raashid

    If only iOS devices had USB ports and could connect to a $15+$5 XBox 360 Controller+Wireless Receiver like Android and Windows devices…

  • TinTonB

    Why so damned expensive?!

    Atleast the Logitech one and the Moga charge your phone.

    $100?! Seriously, this probably has less of a manufacturing cost than a PS3 controller. At max I’d pay $45.

    I mean come on. It’s a controller for iOS games, I’d love one to play GTA:SA with, but no WAY am I paying $100 for something in which has NO REASON to be that pricey.

  • Jeroen Kuiper

    I think these iOS controlers are way over priced. 100 bucks for an controler is insane, if you know that a XBOX or PS controler cost ~60 bucks.

    I love gaming on the iPhone and would love to have a controler for some of them I would never purchaes one for this price!

  • Dan

    I’d get it if it was not so damn expensive. I paid 50$ for my wireless xbox 360 controller (for PC). I’m willing to wager that the xbox controller is better quality, so what’s with the price?

  • Valinor

    Yeah dont get it either why its so expensive.
    I mean, the first one who puts a price of max 50 dollars on it, is gonna sell a shitload of controllers for sure….

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    More junk, rlly sad especially at tht cost.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    How come all these MFi games controllers cost as much or more than an Apple TV?