There is no doubt that mobile gaming is certainly on the rise, and no platform represents that on a more global scale than Apple. If you are sporting an iOS 7 device, then SteelSeries has news for you. They are releasing a device called the Stratus Wireless Controller that is targeted at those mobile gamers, meant to provide a better controller experience for games that support it. I suspect it’ll get used for exactly that, and a lot of emulation gaming, but there is no doubt that this little device looks pretty great. Here’s a nibble:
A Game Changer
iOS 7 features embedded controller support—and as a result a new platform of gaming is emerging. For the first time on iOS, developers can create games that use traditional console control schemes to provide for an immersive and challenging gaming experience on iOS devices. The Stratus Controller from SteelSeries is the first Bluetooth controller for iOS devices; its sleek, lightweight design has a comfortable grip with 10+ hours of battery-life and features that are ideal for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch gaming.
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 red LED indicator lights found in the middle of the controller display the number of controllers or player connections during multi-player gameplay – allowing up to 4 controllers to connect to a single device. There are a growing number of game titles available on the App Store that support game controller functionality in iOS 7 and more titles are likely to be added over the coming months.
The controller is available within the next month, so you can pre-order today at the usual places, including the official site at an MSRP of $99.99.