SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller

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SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller

£59.95

3.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 7 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller is a console-like gaming controller designed for use with iOS devices. The ultimate portable gaming accessory, Stratus supports hundreds of games already released and every controller-enabled game coming to the iTunes App Store in the future.

    Superior gaming performance

    Stratus delivers superior gaming performance thanks to its pressure-sensitive buttons, Bluetooth pairing with over 10 hours of battery life, dual analogue sticks and multiplayer support for up to four controllers.

  • Highlights

    • Bluetooth 2.1 enables easy pairing as well as multiplayer functionality
    • Extended battery life, with over 10 hours of play time
    • Pressure-sensitive D-pad
    • Dual analogue joysticks
    • Four pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons
    • Four pressure-sensitive ABXY action buttons
    • LED indicator lights display battery level, mode status and multiplayer indicator
    • Protective cover makes transport easy and doubles as an underside grip
  • Did you notice?

    The controller features Bluetooth technology, allowing for easy pairing and multiplayer functionality.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Playing games on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the convenience and comfort of a console-like gaming controller.
  • What's in the Box?

    • SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller
    • Cover/grip enhancer
    • Micro USB charging cable
    • Quickstart guide
    • Carry bag
  • Tech Specs

    • Height: 6 cm/2.36 in.
    • Width: 3.4 cm/1.3 in.
    • Weight: 75 g
    • Length: 11 cm/4.33 in.
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 69016
    • UPC or EAN No.: 5707119021746

    Warranty

    • Note: Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • OK but limited (good) games.

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a lovely controller that isn't too small and feels good to use. But there just aren't many good games that are compatible This is a lovely controller that isn't too small and feels good to use. But there just aren't many good games that are compatible yet. I've used it with Sonic games, GTA, Table Top Racing and Worms 3. I prefer multiplayer games I can play with my closest friends and family and there don't seem to be many of those either. I wanted it to work with games like Street Fighter, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe or Mortal Kombat. Classic games. I should have researched a bit more first as these aren't supported.
    Using it direct with my iPad and iPhone works great but when I use it through AirServer (like Apple TVs Airplay but for your Mac) there is a bit of lag and playing sonic becomes frustrating. I haven't tried it on our Apple TV yet though so can't say if the lag would be the same.
    Another negative is the protective cover. It's too tight and just doesn't fit and when it does stay on it soon pops back off again. I did inform SteelSeries and they sent a replacement but only to find this one was too loose and falls off on its own. But, to be honest, this is not needed to play games so is not really anything that should put you off. You do get a zipped pouch to put the controller in anyway so it has some protection.
    If this worked with all games that were originally designed for a controller then it would probably scrape 5 stars. But without a great selection of games means limited use and with a poorly fitting cover means I can only give it 3 stars. It would probably gain a star if it didn't cost so much as the negatives would then be a bit easier to swallow.
    One last thing...you can connect this to your computer via the included USB cable and update its firmware using SteelSeries update software so it should be "future proof" (hopefully).

    • Written by from Stafford

    14 of 17 people found this useful

    Was this useful? OK but limited (good) games.
  • Great Piece of Kit for the iPad

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great peiece of kit which just makes gaming on the iPhone or iPad a lot more enjoyable and easier to do.
    Great size to carry ar A great peiece of kit which just makes gaming on the iPhone or iPad a lot more enjoyable and easier to do.
    Great size to carry around in your bag when and perfect to take along with you for long journeys etc.
    Simply connects via Bluetooth to your ipad or iphone with minimal issues. I’d say it’s a lot better to use with an ipad rather than an iphone, purely just because the screen is bigger on the ipad and better to game on.
    In my opinion it’s the best controller accessory on the market for iOS, as it’s the most versatile with all the different controls and buttons at not to high of a price. I’ve given this 5 stars on the basis of more games becoming compatible with the controller!
    For all the future ios game releases I’d say this is a great buy 

    • Written by

    4 of 4 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Piece of Kit for the iPad
  • Wish I'd done my homework

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best controller in the world. Case does not fit properly, keeps popping off. Games are very limited and buttons sometimes Not the best controller in the world. Case does not fit properly, keeps popping off. Games are very limited and buttons sometimes lag a fair amount. Assumed it would work with some of my games which it does not (my fault , should have done homework). Good idea in concept , but I don't think it's fine tuned enough to warrant the price.

    • Written by from Horsham

    11 of 20 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Wish I'd done my homework
  • Great Portable Gamepad

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This gamepad is great - truly portable thanks to the small size and built-in protective cover, and has all the functions a gamepad This gamepad is great - truly portable thanks to the small size and built-in protective cover, and has all the functions a gamepad needs. It is missing L3 and R3 typical on console gamepads, but those are only ever tertiary controls in games anyway thanks to it being far too east to press them accidentally.

    It is also has convex analog sticks, positioned symmetrically, which is how gamepads should be in my opinion. Strangely the bigger XL version has concave sticks, which I find much less comfortable to use than Dual Shock style sticks, so I really like this one.

    One issue though is it doesn't seem to work on my iPad 3 ("iPad with Retina display"), even though it says it is compatible above. It pairs with it, but doesn't work in-game (on iPad 3), and works fine on my iPhone 5s. Not the fault of SteelSeries though, as they don't claim it to work on iPad 3, but worth pointing out if that's the only device you have.

    People's frequent complaint for these controllers seems to be not enough games support them, but that's unfair as that's entirely down to the developers. As a developer myself I for sure am adding support to my next game!

    • Written by from Leamington Spa
    Was this useful? Great Portable Gamepad
  • Great Piece of Kit for the iPad

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A great peiece of kit which just makes gaming on the iPhone or iPad a lot more enjoyable and easier to do.
    Great size to carry ar A great peiece of kit which just makes gaming on the iPhone or iPad a lot more enjoyable and easier to do.
    Great size to carry around in your bag when and perfect to take along with you for long journeys etc.
    Simply connects via Bluetooth to your ipad or iphone with minimal issues. I’d say it’s a lot better to use with an ipad rather than an iphone, purely just because the screen is bigger on the ipad and better to game on.
    In my opinion it’s the best controller accessory on the market for iOS, as it’s the most versatile with all the different controls and buttons at not to high of a price. I’ve given this 5 stars on the basis of more games becoming compatible with the controller!
    For all the future ios game releases I’d say this is a great buy 

    • Written by

    4 of 4 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great Piece of Kit for the iPad
  • Great for iPad, not really worth it for iPhone.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I thought the controller was great all round. It connected easily enough through Bluetooth, and Asphalt 8: Airborne picked it up r I thought the controller was great all round. It connected easily enough through Bluetooth, and Asphalt 8: Airborne picked it up right away without me having to fiddle with any pesky settings. Haven't played too many other compatible games yet though but there are some decent ones I'm looking to buy which hopefully will work just as well.

    One criticism though is I felt that the R1, R2, L1 and L2 buttons were a little close together and occasionally I hit the wrong one, but apart from that I con't complain much because with the removable case for added grip the controller was comfortable to hold and easy to use.

    If I was to recommend this though I'd probably only advise getting it for an iPad really, as I feel unless you have money to burn it is not completely necessary for iPhone or iPod. It's not that it doesn't work as well but because the screen is about the same size as the controller and although using it frees up space as you don't have your thumbs taking up 25% of the screen I didn't really feel the controller was needed. Still definitely worth buying in my opinion if you do play a lot of games on your phone or tablet.

    • Written by from Ellesmere Port

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great for iPad, not really worth it for iPhone.

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