Would you pay $100 for an iPhone gamepad?

Peripheral make Steel Series reveals "Stratus" wireless controller specifically designed for iOS devices, as well as Apple TV.

Gaming peripheral maker Steel Series today announced the "Stratus" wireless gaming controller, the first officially supported iOS 7 controller that promises to "forever alter" the mobile gaming landscape. The $100 device was specifically designed for console-style gameplay on iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, as well as Apple TV, the company said.

The Stratus controller should feel familiar to those accustomed to console controls, as it features two analog sticks, a D-pad, four action buttons, and four shoulder buttons. All buttons are pressure-sensitive.

The controller boasts ten hours of life on a full charge, which takes around two hours, the company said.

Up to four controllers can connect to a single device at once. During these multiplayer gaming sessions, a red light featured in the middle of the controller will let you know which player number you are, similar to the setup on consoles.

The Stratus controller is quite small, measuring 1.3 inches tall and 2.66 inches wide. It's 4.33 inches long and weights 75 grams, or around 0.165 lbs.

iOS 7 introduced standardized game controller support, but it's up to developers to take advantage of the feature, which would enable controllers like the Stratus to theoretically thrive. Steel Series said there are a "growing number" of iOS games that support controllers and expects more will be added in the future.

The Stratus is available today to preorder from the Steel Series website.

Last week, Wikipad Inc. announced the detachable Gamevice controller for select Android and Windows devices, which aims to bring traditional console controls to mobiles. The company has suggested that a version for iOS devices is in development, but this has not been confirmed yet.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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116 comments
naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

It would be Eddie to make a typo in the title wouldn't it?

Every time.

ff7100
ff7100

i would rather buy vita tv for 100$ than this crap

cctv100
cctv100

Should be fun when 4 players connect into one iphone, must have good eyes.lol

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

$100.00 for a controller. that reminds me of the first Wii Classic controller which cost only $29.99 when first released for Wii Virtual console gaming. Granted you have to have a Wii mote controller $44.00 to bring the total cost to $63.00 which is still cheaper than this iOS controller. Which seems very much like an Snes controller which retailed for $29.99 during the SNES era. 


Even the Xbox 360 and PS3 costed $54.99 brand new and now PS4 and Xbox one controllers only cost $59.99. 


Apple is over charging for a game controller for iOS games. Which is why Apple will never be a real threat in the gaming industry.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

Because steelSeries mainly makes PC peripherals I wonder if this them making a joke. an over priced peripheral for over priced hardware. "Pay more get less. The Apple way" tm

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

$100 for a controller is ridiculous, more-so for a controller that only has last gen features.  Actually, if it doesn't include rumble it has even less features than the Dual Shock 3.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

I wouldn't even pay $100 for the iPhone...

Mohjong
Mohjong

No company would set that price.  Not Logitech, not SteelSeries, no one that blind and dumb to set a self-destruct price tag to not sell a product.  It's very obviously Apple's doing.  Damn it!  Didn't Taiwan's $600k fine taught you not to mess around with pricing?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

I wouldn't pay $100 for an iPhone, much less this.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

These controllers make a lot more sense for the big screen; which leads me to believe that Apple is going to be making moves to increase the number of games supported as well as the performance of Apple TV. This will get Apple into the gaming console market, but will be going for an audience similar to that of the Ouya or PS Vita TV, not a direct competitor for PS4/XB1...

The Logitech controller that wraps around the iPhone/iPod makes sense for portable gaming because it adds battery life and controls in a seamless way.

This Steel Series controller looks like it's over priced comparing it to console controllers. I wouldn't pay $100... Maybe $50...

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

$100 for a gamepad that'll most likely be incompatible with a huge chunk of games like all the other gamepads before it were on iDevices.  No thanks, I'll stick with my S4 and PS3 controller

bouchart
bouchart

I don't get the point of a peripheral game controller with a touch screen device.  Someone please explain the reasoning behind this.

C-THREE
C-THREE

looks like a sega genesis and a xbox controller had a baby.

Kos1c
Kos1c

I wouldn't buy that. Saw this on Toucharcade and it was bit of a poor design, small and cramped.

Even with moving of iOS to Android, I wouldn't buy this for that device either. You can get a Moga Pro, and maybe even a PowerPro unit for less. I snatched a Moga Pro for £30 of Game.co.uk, has the feel of an Xbox 360 controller, just slightly altered.

berserker66666
berserker66666

I would buy it...but only when it's 32nd December.

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

Well that's going to be a huge black mark on this years financial for them... not even close to being a good idea.

wasakaka
wasakaka

Short answer: no. Long answer: nooooo!

Dasim64
Dasim64

No. For one thing there's no decent way to grip it without handles so using those sticks for a long time would become extremely uncomfortable. For another it's up to the developers to support it meaning most games won't. $100 is a joke. 

rushiosan
rushiosan

Besides, that thing is horrible and lacks one of the most important features that makes a controller comfortable: handles.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Is this some kind of joke? I don't get the $100 part.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

If there are good games and the controller works as it should, I'd pick one up for $50.

Xyekenvort
Xyekenvort

I wouldn't even pay $50 for a PS3/PS4 controller, what makes you think i'll pay $100 for this?

obsequies
obsequies

I'll pay 500 for the kinect2 and a crappy pc in a vcr

beuneus12
beuneus12

4 people in the back of the bus , each with a controller watching 1 iphone

I can see it now

obsequies
obsequies

cheap looking. Theres probably 20 other controllers that look better and cost less than this thing

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Why do they continue to make these things? Insanely overpriced to play like 5 supported games.


Fuck off already. We get that Apple has the market on overpriced shit but that doesn't mean you two bit peripheral manufacturer can get away with it too.


Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Why would the mimic a playstation controller when it's common knowledge that Microsoft makes the best one?

endorbr
endorbr

How many ways can I say NO...

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I rather use $100 to purchase HDD, games getting bigger these days.

deth420
deth420

nay! i already hate spending $50 for 360 controller, every 6 months.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Problems with compatibility is the reason why MFi controllers are such a big deal. Starting with iOS 7, all iOS devices will include the API needed to make a game compatible. Developers just need to implement it.

There will be hit or miss for a while, but the majority of the top games will be compatible. You won't find any comparable support on Android any time soon.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Kos1c Or you can use your PS3 controller on your android which saves you money.  all you need is a micro usb to mini usb cable or you can just root it

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@rushiosanI don't get the part where this controller was even considered being made.

vduong942
vduong942

@deth420 you should buy those see-through xbox controllers from RockCandy, they're only $20

pyro1245
pyro1245

@deth420 I know how that goes. When I die in video games my controller must suffer.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Hvac0120 Ever heard of the Ouya?  Most of the games on their service are already gamepad compatible on core Android.  As of 12/13/13, iOS had 22 games with controller support.

Kos1c
Kos1c

@PosiTVEMinD355 Or that, I was using the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller for PC with the cable off Amazon. But I'm wanting this streamed to the TV via cable as it's cheaper than the Samsung Allshare Cast, and the only option I had was a wireless controller, or rooting the device. Which I read will void the warranty which I didn't want to do. So a 30 buck controller was a better option for me. 

rushiosan
rushiosan

@jas_skywalker @rushiosan Put two analog sticks on it and you'll see how comfortable it becomes... in other words, try Wii's Classic Controller. That's the reason why the Pro version got handles.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Thumb stick placement, smart ass lol.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@chibi-acer Ouya is a single platform that uses Android as the base of its OS. On top of that you are still limited to developers who target Ouya hardware. It can't compare to Apple's strategy that covers every iOS7+ device.

The support for controllers on iOS is going to increase while Ouya's struggles to make an impact as a viable platform.

Google needs to implement a similar controller API into Android. That would bring it in line with what Apple is doing.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@rushiosan I've never had problems with the Original Wii classic controller and I have big hands.  Yea the controller was small but everything else felt right.  You act as if the sticks were too close to Dpad/buttons

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@deth420@carolino@juboner You must go hardcore in TPS/FPS.  I'm only saying that because most people I know that wear out their thumbsticks frequently play only those specific games.  I still have my first 360 controllers with intact thumbsticks

deth420
deth420

@carolino @juboner @deth420 i dont throw them. the sticks just wear out. the analog stick buttons, always seems to get worn out. then the game cant tell if im walking forward or couching.