SteelSeries Debuts The Stratus, World’s First Bluetooth iOS Controller [CES 2014]


CES 2014 bug We recently called SteelSeries’ H Wireless gaming headset a “miracle of sound and function.” Will the same enthusiasm hold true about the company’s other gaming accessories?

SteelSeries is obviously hoping so, since is has announced its new wireless iOS gaming controller — the Stratus — at CES 2014.

Available now, priced $99, the device was designed specifically for Lightning-equipped iOS 7 devices — but can also work with AppleTV thanks to AirPlay.

The controller features a D-Pad, four action buttons, four shoulder buttons and dual analog sticks.

Unlike controllers such as the Logitech PowerShell or MOGA Ace Power, the Stratus doesn’t just snap to your device, but connects via Bluetooth — making it the first iOS controller to do so.

Up to four Stratuses can connect to a single device, and a full battery charge will get you about 10 hours’ worth of play.

  • DJBabyBuster

    Looks decent, but why iOS compatible controllers have to be $100 is a mystery to me?

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