SteelSeries Introduces Console Controller-Sized Stratus XL Game Controller

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Building on the success of its wireless Stratus controller, SteelSeries today introduced the Stratus XL, a full-sized gaming controller for the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Similar to its pocket-sized counterpart, the Stratus XL connects to your iOS device wirelessly through Bluetooth instead of the Lightning port.


    The Stratus XL features a larger, console controller-inspired design that provides room for two analog joysticks, a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), 4 pressure-sensitive action buttons and 4 shoulder buttons that include two trigger buttons.
    The Stratus XL will support the same iOS 7 games as the original Stratus including Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Bastion and more. The large format controller will debut later this year at a price that is yet to be announced. Customers can visit the Stratus XL product page and sign up to be notified when the product availability date and pricing are confirmed.

    Article Link: SteelSeries Introduces Console Controller-Sized Stratus XL Game Controller
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Looks good, but will no doubt be around $80 -$100, so no sale.
  3. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Huh. I might actually buy this. It’ll depend on the price, of course, but I’m impressed by the design. This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for.
  4. willcapellaro macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2011
    Still waiting on lag-free AirPlay or cable to pull the trigger on anything like this. I am hoping iOS 8 makes that possible with peer-to-peer AirPlay, direct to my Apple TV.

    Otherwise, I foresee a lot of crouching and squinting to play on a tiny screen.
  5. jwbrobst macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2014
    It can't be this hard for a company to make an iOS controller that doesn't look like crap.
  6. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Agreed, but I would prefer even more if Apple pulled the trigger and allowed us to load games directly onto the Apple TV. That would be the best possible scenario.
  7. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    Combine this with a new Apple TV with an App Store and the Metal API... and suddenly Apple directly challenges current consoles.
  8. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Unfortunately this will be way too expensive due to MiFi licensing.

    Apple should just roll in official console controller support without a jailbreak, but I don't see that happening.
  9. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    Kind of interested, but it's hard to justify spending a significant amount on a mobile gaming controller when you can get an nVidia Shield for about $200 (which is a whole standalone device, with a display and HDMI out). Are there any standout games on iOS that support a controller that aren't on Android? From the compatibility list most of them seem cross-platform.
  10. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK

    Just add the Dual Shock 4 to the whitelist already.
  11. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    So, MiFi is a Novatel brand name used on their mobile hotspots. MFi is “made for iPhone/Pod/Pad” licensing. Not sure why, but this bugged me when I read it and I had to go look up what MiFi was. And then I thought I’d share. Now we’ve all learned something new!
  12. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that from now on MFi controllers designed for iOS 8 will also automatically work / be required to work with OS X Yosemite -- which would make the controller a whole lot more useful...

    (Even though there are plenty of cheaper controllers that already work with OS X, at least this way it would allow one to have a controller for iOS AND OS X)
  13. elev8d macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2008
    The cost of bluetooth controller shouldn't exceed $60. But this is the first MFi controller that I've seen that actually looks worthwhile for an iPad. I'd love to see more of these come along.
  14. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Oooooh! I would LOVE that! Would be worth a $100 price tag for me. :D
  15. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    Yep, this is exactly what I think they have in the works. Not that gaming will be their main thrust with any new ATV, they wouldn't want to appear to go head-to-head against the games consoles (and they wouldn't want to), but to be able to offer gaming (iOS) style, but better (on the big screen in your living room, using a physical controller, with better than average iOS device graphics), they'll end up appealing to a huge swath of people who enjoy the casual gaming of iOS and either have a console they never turn on, or won't ever buy a dedicated gaming console. Yep, and can't wait!
  16. Kobayagi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2012
    Cool, a Xbox controller design with PS analog stick placement. ^^ Very innovative.
    Anyway, like many of these controllers, they'll just be way too expensive compared to a Xbox or PS one, which are undoubtably better.
  17. ikir macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2007
    Very nice, i think i will buy one but for using mainly with OS X since it can use MFi controllers too.


    It already this way since 10.9 you can use any MFi controller.
  18. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    And just now Ubisoft are showing off games for next gen systems that are beyond what any iDevice can do. What would the market be? Ouya has already shown the market doesn't care for playing mobile games on their TVs.


    Crazy isn't it that these devices can cost so much, but previous console-gen controllers (with the same tech inside them) cost 2/3 less.
  19. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    WTF!!!! If I can use my wireless Wii U Pro controller with OpenEmu, what's the big ******* deal Apple? Why jump through hoops with new standards. Just let me connect a controller. If OpenEmu can do it, Apple can too!
  20. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    was the same with mavericks
  21. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    Not for all controllers though - my SteelSeries controller (the little one) refuses to work with my Mac. It says in SteelSeries support that it won't even if it connects over Bluetooth.
  22. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    And yet....
  23. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Actually it can. The standard is set by the big players, Microsoft, Sony etc. and they spend a lot of money. Microsoft reportedly spent $100 million developing the XBone controller, which is on top of what they already spent on the previous 2 generations. No iOS third party can compete with that.
  24. jlwarlow macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2008
    Leicestershire, UK
    I love how they just moved the D pad and left thumbstick and swapped the X+Y and A+B colours around, just to be different from Xbox.
  25. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I like the fact that their options, but I love my original Stratus controller. I don't have large hands to begin with and it's so compact I can just drop it in my iPad bag and I'm off. I'll be keeping mine and not getting the XL but its good to know gamers have two sizes to choose from now. :)

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