SteelSeries announces the first MFi Bluetooth game controller for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch

Today we get a look at the first Apple authorized Bluetooth game controller for iOS devices with the Stratus Wireless Controller announced today by SteelSeries.

We’ve already reviewed the first two Apple authorized game controllers to hit the market since it introduced its controller MFi program alongside iOS 7 earlier this year: Logitech’s PowerShell and Moga’s AcePower. Those two controllers used Apple’s form-fitting design, which lets an iOS device dock directly into a recess in the controller and connect via a built-in Lightning connector. The new controller from SteelSeries is the first standalone controller that connects to any iOS device over Bluetooth, which means it will also support iPads. It uses Apple’s extended layout, which gives you dual analog joysticks and an extra set of shoulder triggers on top of the d-pad, face buttons and single set of triggers on Apple’s standard layout.

The controller looks much smaller than the other MFi controllers on the market, and it lacks the built-in battery pack included on Logitech’s and Moga’s, but we’ll have a full breakdown of how the controller compares to the others in a full review coming shortly.

The SteelSeries Stratus Controller is available to preorder today from the company’s website for $100.

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Comments

  1. Peter Gibson - 9 years ago

    looks the best one so far.

  2. JP (@Jesse_7) - 9 years ago

    Some smart jailbreak developer port what makes this work into cydia please. Using a moga with the iPhone would be awesome.

  3. Something people tend to be overlooking: as of 10.9 Mavericks, OS X is also able to connect to iOS 7 wireless controllers such as this one, and any Mac app can use it just like any iOS app can.

  4. Wayne Tam - 9 years ago

    Is this the missing puzzle piece to turn my Apple TV into a console? Best looking iOS7 controller by far (hated the long form factor on the other 2 iOS controllers) but charging $100 for it is ridiculous….

  5. ikir - 9 years ago

    The best. Preordered one, i should be able to use this on Mavericks too!

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & Electrek.co. He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series.