SteelSeries’ Stratus is the first Bluetooth Wireless Game Controller for iOS

stratus ios game controller

Apple added official support for Made for iOS Game Controllers in iOS 7, but the game controllers launched till now all connect via the Lightning port. SteelSeries today launched Stratus, the first wireless game controller that connects via Bluetooth.

The controller has a D-pad, two analog sticks, and 4 pressure sensitive face and shoulder buttons. It connects via Bluetooth 2.1, and not the newer Bluetooth 4 Low Energy standard, and boasts a battery life of 10 hours. You can connect up to 4 controllers to play a multiplayer game, with the LED on the device letting you know whose turn it is.

The folks at TouchArcade took the controller for a spin, and they found it much better than the other MFi controllers:

With so few iOS 7 controllers out there, we’re grading these devices on a significant curve. Inside of this microscopic accessory ecosystem, the SteelSeries Stratus is without a doubt the best controller out there. It sheds the drawbacks of previous controllers, and barring the incredibly unlikely scenario that Apple phases out bluetooth integration, should be totally future proof. Using a controller to control a iOS game you’re piping to your TV with the Lightning Digital AV Adapter is really neat, and I waffle back and forth on whether or not I like the small size.

stratus ios game controller 2Notable iOS games with game controller support include Asphalt 8, GTA San Andreas, Bastion, and Limbo. Of course, as game controllers start selling more, we’ll see more games with support for them.

The Stratus will be available for $99, and you can pre-order it now.

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  • BMWIIIMPower

    Yay! – Now price it around $30 – $50 and we’ve got a deal. All these controllers for $99 are ridiculous when I can buy a new wiimote for $28 on amazon that works – just doesn’t have enough buttons/joystick. You price this thing at $29.99 – EVERYONE will buy one.

  • Applefanman

    I’m an avid gamer. I had this iPega bluetooth controller which looks strikingly the same as this steelseries stratus gamepad. However, it was overpriced. Thankfully, I found a second-hand version which I got for $24 USD. Not a bad price at all. I was really disappointed however, when I connected it to my ipad mini, it was instantly paired with my device. I was oozing with happiness! But, I couldn’t find a decent game compatible with this gorgeous gamepad, so, I gave it away. It worked like a charm on my friend’s android phone. Now, again I’m in a search for a decent gamepad. This Steelseries Stratus looks like the bomb. However, I AM NOT GOING TO BUY anyone of these in the future as it’s TOO OVERPRICED. Instead, I’ll just wait for the Chinese ripoffs of this thing. IF YOU WANT TO SELL THESE THINGS, lower the price. No idiot would buy this. .