SteelSeries recently introduced a new dual wireless controller for use with PC, potentially giving the Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers often used for PC gaming a run for their collective money.
Called the Stratus Duo, the controller includes support for Bluetooth 4.1 as well as 2.4GHz wireless, meaning it can be used with both PCs and Android phones with 3.1 software and above.
Owners of mobile-based VR headsets such as the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR can also add the device to their list of supported peripherals.
The Stratus Duo is able to reportedly switch between Bluetooth and wireless modes with the simple flick of a button, although wireless will require the included USB adapter.
Users can also charge the device over USB while playing. According to the Steelseries website, the controller’s battery lasts about 20 hours or so, so the inclusion of wireless charging appears to be a big quality of life inclusion.
Those looking to use the Stratus Duo with Android devices will have to purchase a separate item that clips the phone to the top of the controller if they would like to avoid sitting at what might be an odd angle to play. The adapter will cost $10 on top of the $60 price tag for the Stratus Duo itself.
For Steam players, SteelSeries promises the device will work with over 5,000 Steam games, allowing players to better enjoy Big Picture Mode as well as the now-defunct Steam Link.
Those playing on Android should be able to easily use the Duo for all controller-enabled games as there is no additional software or downloads needed.
The SteelSeries Stratus Duo is available for purchase now via the company’s website. The mobile adapter will be available for purchase around mid-February.