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Tiny SteelSeries Stratus is the first wireless iOS 7 controller, and the first for iPad

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Product: SteelSeries Stratus | Manufacturer: SteelSeries
 
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The first wireless and first iPad-compatible controller in Apple's fleet of officially licensed game pads goes on sale today. It's called the SteelSeries Stratus, and it costs $99.99.

It conforms to the extended controller blueprint (read more in our iOS controller explainer) which means it has two analogue sticks, a d-pad, four buttons, and four shoulder buttons.

It connects to your iOS device over Bluetooth, and works with an iPhone 5 or newer, a fifth generation iPod touch, anything more recent than an iPad 4, or any iPad mini.

It's also extremely small at just 11cm long (it's more narrow than any iPhone), and has a battery life of about 10 hours, says SteelSeries - not quite up to the enormous 1800 mAH battery in the MOGA Ace Power.

We've been using the Stratus for a few days now, and this little gizmo is quite impressive. In our Gold Award review we called it "well worth buying" and "the first iOS controller that I can actually recommend," thanks in part because "its got a great set of controls and fits snugly in your pocket".

The SteelSeries Stratus is available to pre-order from today from Apple's online store and SteelSeries.com for $99.99 / €99.99. We'll update this piece when we've got a UK price.
 

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Mark Brown 6 January 2014
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