We could definitely not have asked for more. This is the best start to the New Year for lovers of iOS gamepads, many of who found the best gamepads from MOGA and Logitech not to their liking. At CES 2014, SteelSeries has come up with an affordable gamepad named the ‘Stratus’ that is created especially for iOS 7 users. What turns out to be a very correct decision is that the company has tapped in on the fact that most iOS gamepad owners are not necessarily owners of iPhones. So, while other providers thought that only iPhone users were the ones going for iOS gamepads, SteelSeries realized how it could easily tap the market niche of iPad and iPod Touch users, and pull in more of the game lovers.
The Wireless Gamepad: Stratus
And up comes Stratus, the wireless Avatar of a gamepad that keeps the user at the edge of his seat. You will be able to enjoy your game on your iOS device without actually bothering to connect anything. Well, the device is compatible with iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone and uses Bluetooth 2.1 to accomplish the connection. Each device in the set has four bumpers, four pressure sensitive buttons on the face, a traditional four way directional pad and two analog sticks. It can easily run up to 10 hours of gaming on a single charge.
Excited by the very feature of the gamepad, the CEO of SteelSeries, Bruice Hawver, was in all praise and commented that “We’re incredibly excited to be the first gaming peripherals to develop a standalone controller for iOS devices and are thrilled to see an abundance of high quality game titles rolling out from publishers every day.”
Honestly, the gamepad will appeal more to iPad users rather than iPhone ones. Also, one of the best features is that you can actually play against three gamers online by streaming to a television using AirPlay. Yes, the asking price of $99.99 is not less than what Logitech PowerShell or the MOGA Ace Power asks, but with the wireless set up giving you more convenience, you sure need to check out whether this gamepad suits you better than the rest. We bet you will find it better! Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.