SteelSeries Stratus pad does iPhone and iPad gamingWho needs the Xbox? This tiny Bluetooth gamepad works with any Apple gadget running iOS 7.
Hello, tech fans. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET here at CES 2014. I'm taking a look at this. It's the SteelSeries Stratus, a tiny game pad for iOS 7 devices. So when it created iOS 7, Apple opened up the capability for these game pad controllers to work with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and this is one of the first wave of devices to take advantage of that. It looks a lot like an Xbox controller, but it's absolutely tiny. Despite that small size however it feels quite comfortable to hold and I'm pleased to see that there are 4 trigger buttons. I've been playing a little Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and I can say that actually all the buttons feel like they are where they should be which isn't something you often get with these mobile game pads. It'll work with anything running iOS 7, but it doesn't work with Android. It does come with this plastic case though which you can put on the front for protection or you can slap it on the back to make the controller feel a bit more chunky. These game pads for mobile devices haven't really taken off yet but this definitely feels like one of the better ones I've used so here's hoping hey. It's coming out later this month and it's gonna cost $99. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET at CES 2014. Check out CES. CNET.com for more.