SteelSeries 'Stratus' Wireless Gaming Controller Now Available for Pre-Order

Following the release of the Logitech Powershell and MOGA Ace Power, gaming peripheral company SteelSeries today announced its Stratus iOS 7 gaming controller. Unlike the other two controllers, the Stratus is a completely wireless accessory that connects through Bluetooth instead of using the Lightning port on an iOS device.

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Featuring console-style controls such as a directional pad, two analog sticks and four pressure sensitive face buttons, the Stratus' Bluetooth capabilities allows connectivity for up to four controllers. The device also includes a protective cover that doubles as an extended grip.

Our sister site TouchArcade had the opportunity to spend some extended time with the SteelSeries Stratus, and has provided a detailed review outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the controller. While the device was given high marks for being useable with any iOS 7 device and an impressive battery life of over ten hours, criticisms centered around the high price tag and the comfort issues that the controller's small design creates. Despite those criticisms, TouchArcade stated that the SteelSeries Stratus is “without a doubt the best controller out there.“

Another positive aspect of the SteelSeries Stratus was its ability to work well with Apple's Lighting Digital AV Adapter while gaming:

Also, obviously, this begins to open the door to the strange new world that is treating your iPhone like a portable game console hooked up to your TV. You could technically do this with the Moga Ace Power and Logitech Powershell, but it required beaming your video output via AirPlay, which arguably is the least ideal of all possible solutions given the significant amounts of nearly unplayable lag AirPlay introduces. Wiring your iPhone or iPad direct to your TV via the Lightning Digital AV Adapter significantly mitigates this.


Currently, games such as Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and Bastion offer controller support, with additional developers pledging to build controller support into their apps now that the hardware is available to consumers.

The SteelSeries Stratus sells for $99.99 and is available now for pre-orders.

Top Rated Comments

tbayrgs Avatar
101 months ago
Yes Yes and No!!!!!!!

Yes this is exactly what the iOS controller should be and yes to Steel Series! Big No on the price. I somehow think they will have to revise that for any kind of sales though. Its blatant that they are taking advantage here.

Just noted that there isn't any shoulder buttons!!!! Arrrrrghhhh! It looked too good to be true!
Am I the only one surprised that there's no shoulder triggers?

Also, I'd like an option to hook up my iPhone to it... You need two hands to hold the controller, then an extra one to hold the iPhone...
No shoulder buttons and price kills it for me unfortunately.
Are all of you seriously that lazy?

It has 4 shoulder mounted buttons. Here's a revolutionary thought---check out their website (http://steelseries.com/products/controllers/steelseries-stratus-wireless-gaming-controller#section-stratus-wireless) and spend a few seconds looking at the specs. Jeez...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Modano Avatar
101 months ago
Maybe Apple and their users will take gaming seriously one day. Nope.

Like building in support for a game controller?

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The article says it's available for pre-order but I can't find the link to do that on the site. Anyone see it?

I can't wait for this. I travel a lot and would definitely get $99 of value out of this. I'm sure the price will drop over time and the number of supported games is growing pretty quickly, considering that the controllers have only existed for, what, four weeks now?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Elbon Avatar
101 months ago
When will companies understand nobody wants wireless game controllers for their iPhones and iPads.

I want a wireless game controller for my iPad. On-screen controls are a pain.

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App's on an iOS ATV or type media device included, or evolved from an Apple TV set, is a 'When', rather than as 'If'.

I used to think so, but I have been waiting for this since the first-gen ATV (2007) and it still hasn't happened.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tevion5 Avatar
101 months ago
They have a macbook runnin IOS 7?
Worst advertising ever...

Don't know about you, but I've never seen a MacBook with the apple logo on its side...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
buzzardo Avatar
101 months ago
Does it work with osx Mavericks too?

edit: so, according to their website its ios7 only. No osx mentioned. That seems stupid.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CplBadboy Avatar
101 months ago
Yes Yes and No!!!!!!!

Yes this is exactly what the iOS controller should be and yes to Steel Series! Big No on the price. I somehow think they will have to revise that for any kind of sales though. Its blatant that they are taking advantage here.

Just noted that there isn't any shoulder buttons!!!! Arrrrrghhhh! It looked too good to be true!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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