SteelSeries Nimbus vs Stratus XL

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  1. hifimac macrumors newbie

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    I accidentally got the Status XL instead of the Nimbus at the local Apple Store. Other than built in battery and charging over a lighting cable, is there any big difference between the 2 controllers? Should I return the Stratus?
     
  2. OriginalClone macrumors regular

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    The Nimbus is also Bluetooth 4.1, so I would think it's slightly more energy efficient. I was gifted a Stratus XL and took it back to the Apple Store for an exchange, but they didn't have the Nimbus in stock. I just returned it and will order one online.
     
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    Stratus looks small compared to Nimbus. It's more like an iPhone or iPad controller in size versus the Nimbus which is like a console controller in size.

    EDIT NEVERMIND
     
  4. chiwaw macrumors member

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    They are referring to the Stratus XL, not the original (and tiny) Stratus. And based on the online pictures, both the Stratus XL and Nimbus looks like about the same size (comparable to a XBox 360 controller).

    I'm also curious to know the differences between these two, as the Nimbus is out of stock everywhere, but the Stratus XL is still possible to find.
     
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  6. chiwaw macrumors member

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    My local Apple store restocked and I got my Nimbus. It's an amazing controller, and I feel like it has a LOT less lag than previous MFi controllers I've tried before (I wonder if it's related to the new Bluetooth 4.1?).

    Edit: tromboneaholic I just realized you mention the lag improvement in your post. I didn't even know about it and so I was extremely surprised how "instant" my controls were. I had gotten used to play with a tiny lag in mind.

    I could not recommend this controller enough. Now here's to hope it doesn't break in a few weeks or month, but it feels like a very sturdy/quality product.
     
  7. halfcack macrumors newbie

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    Is anyone having trouble with the a b x y buttons not making contact. Or, do I have to hit it harder. This is my first hardware controller. There is no lag for me and all the other buttons and two sticks are great.

    Is the Valve Steam Contoller compatible with Apple TV 64 gig? Since I'm starting from scratch, might as well get use to the new tech, right or wrong ?

    Thank you.
     
  8. elthesensai macrumors member

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    Nimbus is the better controller. I have both and the nimbus really blow it away.
    1. The trigger buttons are better designed so you're not hitting R1 and R2 at the same time. Same problem with the left triggers
    2. Cross pad on the nimbus is an actual cross and not a circle.
    3. No noticeable lag since its using the newest Bluetooth technology.
    4. Light and more comfortable to hold.
    These are just a few on the improvements that I can think of off the back.
     
  9. chiwaw macrumors member

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    The ABXY buttons are all fine. The only small glitch (app's fault) I encountered is the D-Pad being pressure sensitive, the Apps needs to have a reading threshold lower than 100% otherwise you have to press the D-Pad really hard just to have it registered. I noticed an issue in only two apps so far: Jetpack Joyride (only while navigating the menus, the game itself is fine), and in the open source Providence emulator (they just released an update fixing the issue).

    You need a controller that is MFi certified, and the Steam controller is not. Here's a list of the supported controllers (scroll past the list of apps):

    https://appletv.afterpad.com
     
  10. halfcack macrumors newbie

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    I just upgraded the firmware. It didn't say what the upgrade was for. Do the sticks do anything when you click down on them. I was going to contact support for the buttons. Thank you for that as well. I don't have any lag but I have to keep pressing them to get into a vehicle, step up, sometimes fire. They seem sturdy at the end point of travel. Again, thank you.
     
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  12. chiwaw macrumors member

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    I have not tried it, but there's no reason it should not. It's a normal bluetooth game controller, but with an extra MFi certification to be allowed on iOS.

    It's missing a few buttons tho, compared to the 360 controller for instance (only a pause button versus Start+Select, and the two thumb sticks are not clickable).
     
  13. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it does.
     
  14. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    Do you know if it works on Windows as well (via bootcamp on my iMac)?
     
  15. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know but assume it would be purely software-controlled.
     
  16. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I've had AppleTV since the original, and my only complaint was there was no App store. Apple answered the call so I was going to upgrade from my second gen.

    I went on launch day and played games (my only reason for really upgrading) and using the SIRI remote with the game demos they had was abysmal. I heard of these Mifi controllers but last I had heard they were around $80.

    I went back a week later to look around (in an outdoor mall) and saw these on the shelf. I was surprised to see the Nimbus was only $50.

    Then, at the AppleTV demo, they had one out (which is unusual but a great idea with the MS store close by and having their XBox systems all playable).

    It was awesome to play the games on the Nimbus. The controller is really comfortable for having the analog sticks on the bottom (I prefer the left on the top like the XBox or better yet, both on top like the Wii U Pro).

    It sold the AppleTV 4 for me.

    Just downloading games right now.
     
  17. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    Having no gyroscope or other tilt sensor is pretty dumb though.
     

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