SteelSeries has long been one of the biggest names when it comes to telephone controllers, and the company's latest model – Stratus Duo – is trying to address some of the biggest recent model complaints by adding Wi-Fi to improve desktop connectivity, improve rechargeable batteries.
The idea is that players will be able to use the 2.4 GHz wireless connection to play games on Windows computers. Then switch to Bluetooth to switch something like the Android phone, Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR headset. (It doesn't seem to support iOS and Mac devices here.)
Despite improved internal features, Stratus Duo is largely similar to the SteelSeries Apple TV Controller – Nimbus, albeit with a small design. The battery life was also chronic, with the Stratus XL in the Stratus Duo for about 20 hours, but it is the price you will pay for not having to turn off AA. (Stratus Duo can still work while charging, so it shouldn't have too many problems.) Unfortunately, SteelSeries has chosen to continue using Micro USB for charging. This makes very little sense, as most of the phones the company expects players to use with it have switched to USB-C, but I think there is always hope for the next version.
Also, SteelSeries time is right for it Fortune – The biggest game on mobile devices, which would greatly benefit from real controllers – just got support for Bluetooth controllers this week, which Stratus Duo seems perfect.
The Stratus Duo is now available from SteelSeries for $ 59.99 with an additional SmartGrip phone attachment that is sold for a few weeks at $ 9.99.
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