Easily the best MFI controller for iOS devices, the SteelSeries Stratus XL doesn’t disappoint.
There’s a variety of MFI Certified controllers out there for iOS. Most of them are passable, but this one shines. In what I believe is the ramp up to games on Apple TV, Apple last year released official APIs to allow game developers to support controllers. We’ll skip the details about what Apple did wrong, but that official support has meant is a slow trickle of controllers being released.
The Stratus XL is the bigger brother to the very portable, but very cramped Stratus controller. The XL is a full sized, console quality controller for iOS. The buttons feel great, the weight is good and balanced. Very well done. While I prefer the dual stick layout of the Xbox line (one high, one low), the Stratus XL uses the two low layout of the Playstation line. Easy to adapt either way.
In general, the buttons all feel great. Including the shoulder buttons which have been an issue with other controllers. But as with any controller, there has to be something wrong with it, right? The only very slight problem I found were that the dual sticks were a bit stiff. Not to the point that it was detrimental, but it was noticeable. It’s a balance, like everything. Would have been easy to make them too loose too.
If you are looking for a MFI controller, the SteelSeries Stratus XL is the best one out there right now. It’s available starting today from Apple.com and at Apple Stores for $69.95.
While we wait for more games to finally add MFI support, we at least now have a killer full size controller to use when that happens.