SteelSeries, the popular gaming peripheral maket introduces ‘Stratus’, an MFi certified Bluetooth gaming controller for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The elegantly designed wireless controller works flawlessly on the several iOS 7 devices and gives a whole new perspective to the traditional touchscreen gaming.
Recently, Logitech and MOGA released their own set of controllers for the iOS devices but the Stratus works on a whole different scheme. While others make use of the lightning port on a device, Stratus works wirelessly over bluetooth hence giving a better grip and control just like the console controllers.
Stratus works on all iOS 7 powered devices including the old iPhone 4S and iPod Touch. Support for iOS 6 and below is however not provided.
The controller comes with dual analog sticks, four action buttons, four shoulder buttons along with a directional pad. The controller implements the Apple’s “extended” layout.
The device is powered by an internal rechargeable battery which can work for over 10 hours on a full charge. The charging process can be carried out by a USB port in less than 2 hours for full charge.
The controller also works really well with the Apple’s Lightning AV Adapter while gaming.
Also, obviously, this begins to open the door to the strange new world that is treating your iPhone like a portable game console hooked up to your TV. You could technically do this with the Moga Ace Power and Logitech Powershell, but it required beaming your video output via AirPlay, which arguably is the least ideal of all possible solutions given the signiﬁcant amounts of nearly unplayable lag AirPlay introduces. Wiring your iPhone or iPad direct to your TV via the Lightning Digital AV Adapter signiﬁcantly mitigates this – MacRumors
While the controller appealed as a great tool to many, it was also heavily criticized for its small size and high price. The design schemes used by SteelSeries are although perfect but some people still had negative reviews about the device.
Games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and Dead Trigger currently support the controller. The upcoming major titles will be designed to fully work with the Stratus.
The controller is available for pre-order in both black and white and the price tag says $99.99.