SteelSeries 'Stratus' Wireless Gaming Controller Now Available for Pre-Order

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following the release of the Logitech Powershell and MOGA Ace Power, gaming peripheral company SteelSeries today announced its Stratus iOS 7 gaming controller. Unlike the other two controllers, the Stratus is a completely wireless accessory that connects through Bluetooth instead of using the Lightning port on an iOS device.

    Featuring console-style controls such as a directional pad, two analog sticks and four pressure sensitive face buttons, the Stratus' Bluetooth capabilities allows connectivity for up to four controllers. The device also includes a protective cover that doubles as an extended grip.

    Our sister site TouchArcade had the opportunity to spend some extended time with the SteelSeries Stratus, and has provided a detailed review outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the controller. While the device was given high marks for being useable with any iOS 7 device and an impressive battery life of over ten hours, criticisms centered around the high price tag and the comfort issues that the controller's small design creates. Despite those criticisms, TouchArcade stated that the SteelSeries Stratus is "without a doubt the best controller out there."

    Another positive aspect of the SteelSeries Stratus was its ability to work well with Apple's Lighting Digital AV Adapter while gaming:
    Currently, games such as Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and Bastion offer controller support, with additional developers pledging to build controller support into their apps now that the hardware is available to consumers.

    The SteelSeries Stratus sells for $99.99 and is available now for pre-orders.

    Article Link: SteelSeries 'Stratus' Wireless Gaming Controller Now Available for Pre-Order
  2. macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Where do these companies come up with the $99 price tag? This offers even lass than the Mogu, which at least has a battery to extend the usage of your phone. Lets all hold off for the cheap chinese knockoffs.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    Looks good, but it is way too expensive.
    Aren't the new PS4 controllers half this price?

    I'm going to be waiting a while longer I think..
  4. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Oh yes, this one I like. USB charging is exactly what I want. Plus it's not a stupid case. :D

    Will wait for it to pop up on Amazon.

    One thing though... How many games on iOS are multiplayer? And how long would the battery last considering you have two wireless headsets and controllers hooked up? :p
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010

    Those prices....yeah...not gonna happen
  6. macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2002
    These are list prices you know.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    This seems lame without apps on the AppleTV.

    Do they seriously expect two people to sit in front of an ipad for hours playing games? Not going to happen.
  8. CplBadboy, Jan 6, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014

    macrumors 6502

    Yes Yes and No!!!!!!!

    Yes this is exactly what the iOS controller should be and yes to Steel Series! Big No on the price. I somehow think they will have to revise that for any kind of sales though. Its blatant that they are taking advantage here.

    Just noted that there isn't any shoulder buttons!!!! Arrrrrghhhh! It looked too good to be true!
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2006
    close to perfection
    I do not understand the price tag of all these new iOS controllers. $99.99 is just ridiculous. There is no market for that.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Aug 28, 2013
    When will companies understand nobody wants wireless game controllers for their iPhones and iPads. It's stupid. And at this pricetag..... :D :D :D :D
  11. macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2011
    Precisely what we need for iOS to become a household name in console gaming. I've been waiting for something like this since Airplay made its debut, and hopefully controllers like this will tempt more than just a handful of games into taking advantage of Airplay, Apple TV, and MFi. Price though... 4 player multiplayer just requires a further investment of $400 on top of the cost of the Apple TV and the iOS device. Maybe I'm out of touch, but I would have thought that this would price the SteelSeries controllers out of reach of most of their potential buyers in the casual gaming market. I wish companies would learn from previous flops like Gameloft's controller fiasco.
  12. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Is Apple's licensing programme this ludicrously expensive or are these companies just dumb? Either way, someone needs to get the cost down to literally half this with something competently designed.
  13. macrumors regular

    May 26, 2008
    There has to be a jailbreak app in the works that can use the same MFI protocol to get standard Bluetooth controllers (Moga?) to work.
  14. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Now this is what I'm talking about! I'm not into the clamshell controllers (though I can definitely appreciate their place in the market), but since I use cases on my iOS devices, this is what I've been waiting for.

    As another poster points out, this is just list price so here's hoping!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2013
    I have the old version

    I have the Steel Series Free and it works very well as a controller when playing emulators on my mac.

    Bought mine on sale for about $14. Totally worth it :)

    This new one seems to be the exact same controller but with color on the buttons.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    A bit high price but at least they got the wireless part right instead of a useless "put iphone in"-controller.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    Hmmmm. Sounds like an echo from the past...

    "Do they seriously expect people to sit in front of a phone/tablet for hours playing games? Not going to happen." - :rolleyes:

    Seriously. App's on an iOS ATV or type media device included, or evolved from an Apple TV set, is a 'When', rather than as 'If'.

    Also, I could see two people playing on a 12" iPad... Sometimes it is not always practical to play games on the main set of any given environment. You can also keep an eye on your kids and do not need them to be locked away in another room etc.
  18. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Am I the only one surprised that there's no shoulder triggers?

    Also, I'd like an option to hook up my iPhone to it... You need two hands to hold the controller, then an extra one to hold the iPhone...
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2008
    I want one but wouldn't pay more than $30.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Apr 28, 2003
    Being first to market, they can just offer silly price points and some people will pay for it. As soon as Logitech and its ilk jump on and flood the market, they'll release the 'Stratus +' at half the price.

    Still waiting for the ATV to make this a genuinely useful product though ... come on, Apple!
  21. macrumors newbie


    Nov 4, 2001
    Does it work with osx Mavericks too?

    edit: so, according to their website its ios7 only. No osx mentioned. That seems stupid.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    No shoulder buttons and price kills it for me unfortunately.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Does anyone know how to preorder? Every article I've read says you can, but their website only says Coming Soon...?
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    It is dead on arrival at that price.

    So many additional variables mean it is awful -

    iOS doen't even have that many games that support controller.
    There are far cheaper alternatives.
    Most gamers would prefer an Android tablet due to emulation and can just use a Playstation or Xbox controller (which costs 1/4 the price, and offer better quality anyway).
    Jailbroken iPads can just use Playstation or (I think) Xbox controllers too.

    Where do these companies think their market is exactly?
  25. macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2010
    Isn't this the same website that brags that iOS users spend more money than their Android counterparts? Not one bit surprised that these companies are taking advantage of the situation.


    If people are going to pay $3000 plus for a computer they don't need they will buy this controller.

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