THIS IS THE BEGINNING…
of a wireless gaming revolution. With the Stratus Wireless Controller, SteelSeries is placing an entirely new world of console-style mobile gaming in your hands. Thanks to iOS® 7, developers can now code incredible games for iOS® devices with the classic console control schemes we have used for decades. Stratus Wireless takes advantage of this breakthrough like no other controller on the market, joining Apple in bringing the revolution to light.
Unlike form-fitting controllers that are physically connected to mobile devices, the Stratus is a stand-alone controller that connects via Bluetooth. It will be available on the company’s website and at Apple stores starting Thursday for $100.
For the design of the Stratus, SteelSeries chose to mimic the appearance of video game controllers like those used with the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The Stratus has the usual buttons: a D-pad, two thumbsticks, four shoulder buttons and four action buttons.
Inside is a lithium-ion battery that SteelSeries says will run 10 hours on a full charge. A USB cable is supplied for charging, as well as a lid for protection, although the lid pops off too easily and could really use some sort of clasp to keep it secure.
The controller is compatible with iOS devices, but not with all iOS apps, so a little sleuthing is needed to find the right ones. SteelSeries says it is working with Apple to establish an area in the App Store for controller-enabled games.
iOS 7 or Later Plus the Following:
-iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
-iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad 4th Gen
-iPod Touch (5th Generation)
CONNECTIVITY & BATTERY
– Bluetooth 2.1
– 10hrs of Battery Life
– Charges via USB
SIZE & WEIGHT
– Weight: 75 grams (0.165 lbs)
– Height: 33 mm (1.3 in)
– Width: 60 mm (2.66 in)
– Length: 110 mm (4.33 in)
– 4 Pressure Sensitive Face Buttons
– 4 Pressure Sensitive Shoulder Buttons
– Dual Analog Sticks and 4-way D-pad
– On/Off Switch and Pairing Button
A REAL GAMING EXPERIENCE
Great hardware will only take you so far without quality games to use it with. Thankfully there are plenty of titles in the iTunes App Store that already support the Stratus Wireless and hundreds (maybe even thousands) more on the way. From big-name blockbuster franchises like Grand Theft Auto, down to the newest indie games, the development world is all over this expanding market.
Some SUPPORTED GAMES