SteelSeries Stratus Wireless iOS Gaming Controller Launches with Lower $79.99 Price Tag

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: SteelSeries Stratus Wireless iOS Gaming Controller Launches with Lower $79.99 Price Tag
  2. Alx9876 macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2008
    I rather use my bluetooth PS3 controller for free via Jailbreak.

    Try a price tag no higher than $55 max.
  3. energyboy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    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.
  4. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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 :)
  5. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    Nope. Will Jailbreak. Use PS3/PS4 controller. :)
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  7. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2013
    We'll see how people vote with their wallets...
  8. Antares macrumors 68000


    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. :(
  9. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2013
    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.
  10. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
  11. OMGsus, Jan 23, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014

    OMGsus macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2014
    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.
  12. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    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.


    Wow, How do these people even end up with Apple products to begin with? Perhaps a hand me down iPhone or something?
  13. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    wish they would just accept the ps3 controller that we know works
  14. chibiterasu macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2012
    London, The United Kingdom
    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
  15. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    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.
  16. curiosity macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2013
    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.
  17. mdelvecchio macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2010
    nobody can compete with an unlicensed solution.

    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.


    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.
  18. jonyive4 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
  19. dylin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2010
    I came in just to post this.
  20. cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    Speaking of which, you think that the jailbreak tweak will add PS4 and POSSIBLY Xbone/360 support?
  21. springsup macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
    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.
  22. stiligFox macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2009
    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*
  23. xPad macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2013
    It will. Barring some behind-the-scenes issue, all bluetooth MFi controllers should work with both iOS 7 and Mavericks.
  24. Renzatic, Jan 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014

    Renzatic Suspended


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    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.
  25. mcdspncr macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2011
    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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