New SteelSeries Controller Tackles PC, VR and Smartphone Gaming

SteelSeries today launched a new gaming controller, the Stratus Duo, boasting dual wireless standards for cross-platform compatibility across PC, virtual reality (VR) and more. 

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The Stratus Duo features both Bluetooth 4.1 and 2.4GHz connections, which SteelSeries claims will allow for direct plug-and-play support with Windows, Android, Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR over Bluetooth. For devices without Bluetooth, the included USB wireless adapter will enable use of the 2.4GHz connection. A single button on the controller allows users to swap between the two connections. Moreover, you can also charge and play over a wired connection, though the USB cable is still micro-USB, not Type-C, unfortunately. SteelSeries hasn't stated the capacity of the on-board battery but said it'll last over 20 hours.

The Stratus Duo’s layout seems very similar to a standard Xbox controller, albeit without the offset analog joysticks. The joysticks feature the new Hall Effect magnetic sensors which SteelSeries say are more durable and accurate, with minimal deadzone, compared to the older Stratus XL. The controller will also be compatible with the new SmartGrip accessory, a phone mount for SteelSeries controllers.

The SteelSeries Stratus Duo controller sells for $59.99 on the SteelSeries website.

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller Specs

Cable length

1.8m / 5.9 feet

Connectivity

2.4GHz, Bluetooth v4.1 or Wired USB

Battery Type

Lithium-ion (20+ hours)

Range (2.4GHz)

12m / 40 feet

Connector Type

Micro-USB

Width

150mm / 5.9 inches

Height

110mm / 4.3 inches

Depth

63.2mm / 2.5 inches

Weight

245g (0.5 pounds)

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  • eza
    "though the USB cable is still micro-USB, not Type-C, unfortunately"
    They're going for maximum compatibility so this is to be expected, really.
  • tirdfurguson
    The ability to connect via USB is nice. I have their Stratus XL and it'd be nice if it would maintain a constant reliable BT connection; the only connectivity option. It would take forever to connect to the computer and then randomly lose connection in use. If the Duo is anything like the XL (and pretty good chance it is) then the joysticks will take some getting used to. The SteelSeries software is pretty good for making adjustments to sensitivity so maybe that would help. I ended up just going back to the dependable xbox controller. I'm a SteelSeries fanboy and i'd probably consider this if it came out 2 weeks ago.
  • BaRoMeTrIc
    "though the USB cable is still micro-USB, not Type-C, unfortunately"
    They're going for maximum compatibility so this is to be expected, really.[/quotemsg

    The micro-usb side connects to the controller, think they were hoping for type-c because of the ease of connecting and it's durability