Gaming on the mobile platform has moved on from dedicated handheld consoles such as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP (although the next stage of evolution, the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita have been released for quite some time already) over to the smartphone and tablet platforms for obvious reasons – smartphone games are smaller and more manageable, and they do not need to take up too much of your time as most of them happen to be casual titles. The freemium model, however, does get my goat, how about you? Having said that, some games on modern day touchscreen mobile devices do take up more visual real estate than what some of us are comfortable with, which is where the SteelSeries Stratus XL wireless gaming controller for iOS devices come in handy.
Having it play nice with an ever growing roster of controller-enabled games that are released in the App Store, gamers will now have more options to enjoy either a full-sized or pocket-sized wireless controller. According to Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO, “We have been working for well over a year now on perfecting the wireless controller experience for iOS devices. We have been incredibly impressed by the way the SteelSeries Stratus has been received by consumers so far and we are looking forward to introducing the Stratus XL to the iOS gaming community – who have been asking for a full-sized controller option. The Stratus XL was designed to meet their demands, delivered with the premium features and top-to-bottom quality expected from SteelSeries.”
The Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller might look like an Xbox 360 controller at first glance perhaps due to its color configuration, but it is not that. Instead, it will feature a console-style layout alongside a pressure-sensitive directional pad (D-pad), 4 pressure-sensitive action buttons and a quartet of shoulder buttons, where a pair of pressure-sensitive top shoulder buttons as well as two analog trigger bottom shoulder buttons will make up the entire configuration. There is also a dedicated pairing button which will allow it to hook up to iOS devices via Bluetooth, alongside a convenient on/off switch that helps you prolong its battery life as much as possible. A couple of AA batteries are said to deliver approximately 40 hours of gametime.
Pricing details remain to be confirmed as at press time.