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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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SteelSeries Stratus Wireless iOS Gaming Controller Launches with Lower $79.99 Price Tag




Earlier this month, SteelSeries started accepting pre-orders for its Stratus gaming controller, one of several new MFi-certified controllers debuting with $99.99 price tags. As announced by SteelSeries today, the Stratus is now available and arrives with a lower price of $79.99.

The new pricing will be honored for all pre-order customers, although Apple's online store is still showing the higher pricing.
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"The media and consumer reaction to the announcement of the Stratus Controller at CES really demonstrated the power behind this product, and the new category of gaming we can enable by working together with Apple," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "More than ever, we see the power of this platform and we want to make every effort to make it accessible to as many consumers as possible. We have therefore worked closely with our retail partners and suppliers with the objective of lowering the retail price target without changing any of the terrific features of this product."
Unlike competing controllers from Logitech and MOGA, the Stratus from SteelSeries uses Bluetooth instead of the Lightning port to connect to an iOS device. It features a console-like design with a directional pad, two analog sticks and four front buttons.

Eli Hodapp from our sister site TouchArcade was able to get some hands-on time with the Stratus and offered a detailed review evaluating the controller's performance in light of its competition. Though it loses points for its high price tag and small size, TouchArcade considered the SteelSeries Stratus to be "the best controller out there" for gadget addicts and early adopters, although users willing to jailbreak their devices may prefer a new tweak adding support for PlayStation 3 controllers.

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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:26 AM   #2
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I rather use my bluetooth PS3 controller for free via Jailbreak.

Try a price tag no higher than $55 max.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:29 AM   #3
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Price is still too high.

Price of a PS4 controller is $59.99. It shouldn't exceed that as its almost guaranteed to perform worse.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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Volume is lower than PlayStation, which affects cost--but economies of scale (and competition among options) will only improve.

$20 off is a start. Keep going
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:37 AM   #5
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Nope. Will Jailbreak. Use PS3/PS4 controller.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:43 AM   #6
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Wake me up when is $9.99 on a fire sale.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:48 AM   #7
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We'll see how people vote with their wallets...
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:51 AM   #8
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We'll see how people vote with their wallets...
If people don't buy the controllers, the manufacturers will just assume that people are not interested in gaming controllers for iOS and stop making them.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 12:03 PM   #9
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If people don't buy the controllers, the manufacturers will just assume that people are not interested in gaming controllers for iOS and stop making them.
Or that people won't pay that much for iOS games support.

If they can't turn a profit from a $30 controller, then there just isn't a market for this.

We'll see soon enough though.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 12:05 PM   #10
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I'm shocked, that doesn't look half bad.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 12:37 PM   #11
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The problem is they have been accepting pre-orders for almost a month now at $99.99 (one cent shy of their free shipping limit so you end up paying another $9 to have it shipped, which is a whole new level of BS). They haven't shipped out any pre-orders so they should be refunding everyone who pre-ordered the $20 Right? We will see.

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Old Jan 23, 2014, 12:52 PM   #12
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The problem is they have been accepting pre-orders for almost a month now at $99.99 (one cent shy of their free shipping limit so you end up paying another $9 to have it shipped, which is a whole new level of BS). They haven't shipped out any pre-orders so they should be refunding everyone who pre-ordered the $20 Right? We will see.
That is BS with the shipping price. Well I can't say that this isn't good news though. I definitely welcome the $20 price drop. But I think I'll wait first for the Apple store to drop it to $20 before making a decision to purchase. I can also get a small employee discount to counter sales tax.

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Wake me up when is $9.99 on a fire sale.
Wow, How do these people even end up with Apple products to begin with? Perhaps a hand me down iPhone or something?
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 12:54 PM   #13
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wish they would just accept the ps3 controller that we know works
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 01:13 PM   #14
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Slight problem for me is $80 in the U.S and 84.88 for us in the U.K thanks lads. So you think your all over paying, on that note google says that 84.88 is $141.16 so its a bargain in the U.S what are you all complaining about lol
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Wow, How do these people even end up with Apple products to begin with? Perhaps a hand me down iPhone or something?
It's simply not something he wants. It holds no value to him.

The beauty of iOS gaming is the spontaneous nature. Carrying a controller around, pulling it out, pairing it, then finding a place to proper your idevice screen... is cumbersome and inelegant.

If it was $9.99 in a fire sale, I still wouldn't want it, but I might pick it up at that price to tinker with a new tech gizmo to eventually go into a junk bin to collect dust.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 01:47 PM   #16
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I found the directional pad of all gaming devices on all but Nintendo's controllers to be inferior. Sony, Microsoft, Logitech. Does Nintendo have patents that make it impossible for competitors to come up with equal quality? I wonder if any of those new iOS 7 controllers, maybe this one, are of similar quality like Nintendo controllers, especially the directional pad.
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I rather use my bluetooth PS3 controller for free via Jailbreak.
nobody can compete with an unlicensed solution.

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it's a new product -- they dont have the economy-of-scale associated w/ a major, major success like the PS controller. it takes time for goods to get cheaper.

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Price of a PS4 controller is $59.99. It shouldn't exceed that as its almost guaranteed to perform worse.
thats a first-party product. a third-party cannot make the same product for the same as a first-party, due to licensing. also, scale -- Sony has a lot of units in volume, reducing their costs greatly, allowing for a lower retail price.

if youve ever been a small company launching a new product, youll come to understand these things. rome was not built in a day.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 03:24 PM   #18
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Price is still too high.

Price of a PS4 controller is $59.99. It shouldn't exceed that as its almost guaranteed to perform worse.
I came in just to post this.
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Price is still too high.

Price of a PS4 controller is $59.99. It shouldn't exceed that as its almost guaranteed to perform worse.
Speaking of which, you think that the jailbreak tweak will add PS4 and POSSIBLY Xbone/360 support?
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Price is still too high.

Price of a PS4 controller is $59.99. It shouldn't exceed that as its almost guaranteed to perform worse.
Economies of scale will be lower against the PS4 controller, but the PS4 one also includes:

- Capacitive touch panel
- Rumble motors (incl. IP licensing costs)
- Analogue Trigger buttons
- Accelerometer + Gyroscope
- Headphone and expansion ports

... for $20 less. Other than that, can't rate it on things like build quality & feel because I haven't tried one, but it does look a bit plasticy from their own website pictures.

There's no way I'd pay 80 for this. Just no way. Even 50 is a lot of money for a controller.
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I guess I'm the odd one out here, but I was planning on buying one of these already, so the price drop is quite welcome!

I do wonder if this will work with a Mac at all. That would be the bees knees. It's Bluetooth, so I don't see why not. Their website doesn't indicate if it does at all, and actually seems to say it doesn't. *rubs chin*
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I guess I'm the odd one out here, but I was planning on buying one of these already, so the price drop is quite welcome!

I do wonder if this will work with a Mac at all. That would be the bees knees. It's Bluetooth, so I don't see why not. Their website doesn't indicate if it does at all, and actually seems to say it doesn't. *rubs chin*
It will. Barring some behind-the-scenes issue, all bluetooth MFi controllers should work with both iOS 7 and Mavericks.
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it's a new product -- they dont have the economy-of-scale associated w/ a major, major success like the PS controller. it takes time for goods to get cheaper.
I still don't think that's quite the case. The iCade 8-bitty, which had an even smaller potential market than this controller, sold for $30 at release, and was manufactured by Think Geek as a side project. A storefront that had no manufacturing presence, nor any previous experience. The only thing it's missing compared to this are the two analog sticks, which wouldn't raise the price by $50.

While I will say that $80 is a bit easier to swallow than $100, it's still a little too overpriced for what it offers.

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Old Jan 24, 2014, 11:33 AM   #25
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Everyone on MR complained about the $99 price (myself included) and I'm very happy to see SteelSeries has listened. Maybe some of you have missed the last article about why it's so hard to make inexpensive MiFi controllers, but the combination of licensing, high quality parts, and limited Apple approved parts suppliers seems to be making this a challenging market to enter for now. But this new $79 price point is encouraging, especially considering this is a first production run with limited volume. Obviously SteelSeries was listening, and as suppliers become more diverse, volume increases, and competitors are forced to reexamine their pricing as well, I am encouraged that MiFi might become more accessible in the not too distant future!
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