Reviewed by David Savage
The SteelSeries Stratus XL Gaming Controller is a full sized wireless gaming controller for use with Mac and IOS and connects via Bluetooth. I have been trying it out using an iPad mini and it brings gaming on a touch screen device to a more enjoyable game console level.
Setting up couldn’t be easier, just switch on the controller and then go into the settings on your iPad, iPhone or iPod and find the Bluetooth option and click connect on the controller. Now you are ready to play the games that support the controller. Once paired your device with remember the controller and pair automatically once the controller is switched on.
For test purposes I downloaded Pac Man Lite and Real Racer 3 – a full list of compatible games can be found on the Steelseries website here and the controller was available to use straightaway in both games with no additional setup requirements.
Gameplay on the controller is smooth and extremely responsive and makes playing the games so much easier. The controller has all the usual button that you would know from your familiar console controller such as dual analog sticks, shoulder buttons and pressure sensitive button on the face of the controller.
With up to 40 hours battery life from 2 AA batteries you will get plenty of game play before having to replace the batteries.
The weight of the controller (280 grams) feels no different to me that my PS3 controller so is easy to hold and the ergonomic design feels good with all the buttons within easy reach and well-spaced so you and actually only hitting the buttons required.
Overall this is a good sized controller with a great battery life and is very responsive. At the same time as the controller being paired with my iPad I was also connected by Bluetooth to external speakers and neither one lost any signal so connectivity and signal strength was excellent.
The £59.95 may seem a bit steep but this controller is great quality with excellent functionality and is a great portable device for gaming on the go.
The SteelSeries Stratus XL Gaming Controller works with IOS 7 and above on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad 4th Gen and also on an iPod touch (5th Gen), Mac OS X (10.9 and above).
Available to buy from Amazon here.