First wireless controller for iPad and iPhone unveiled, on sale now

Steelseries offers up first wireless iOS 7 controller for iPad and iPhone
Steelseries Stratus arrives right now

It's fair to say that the iOS 7 controllers for various Apple devices have failed to set the world alight so far, but Steelseries is hoping that its Stratus Wireless Gaming controller will change all that.

The first wireless controller for iOS 7, the Stratus will be familiar to anyone who has picked up a console controller - and offers the requisite set of buttons, sticks, pads and triggers.

As you would expect from an Apple-friendly device, it's AirPlay enabled and will play (probably) nicely with iPad, iPhone and iPods capable of running the latest OS.

Gaming landscape

The company insists that this changes the gaming landscape, but you'll obviously first have to find a stand or handy part of your anatomy that enables you to keep both mitts on a controller and keep the screen of your device visible.

if you can cross that particular bridge then you can see if the controller really does solve the old 'gaming's better with buttons' quandry that has plagued mobile phone and tablet gaming from the off.

There's a dedicated pairing button, a quoted battery life of ten hours and you can connect up to four devices.

Price-wise, it's set at $99 - which equates to around £60 or AU$110 with a release date of right this instant.

  • This is a peripheral best suited to a tablet in a dock - so how about checking out the iPad Air review?
Patrick Goss

Patrick Goss is the ex-Editor in Chief of TechRadar. Patrick was a passionate and experienced journalist, and he has been lucky enough to work on some of the finest online properties on the planet, building audiences everywhere and establishing himself at the forefront of digital content.  After a long stint as the boss at TechRadar, Patrick has now moved on to a role with Apple, where he is the Managing Editor for the App Store in the UK.