SteelSeries announced the Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller at E3. The Stratus XL is Stratus’s bigger brother.
[blockquote author=”SteelSeries Press Release”]Gamers now have the option to control their games effortlessly and wireless via Bluetooth® on PC, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, Ouya and other micro-console systems. [/blockquote]
The controller is designed to connect via Bluetooth to a bunch of different devices. It is powered by AA batteries allowing for up to 40 hours of game play.
The Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller is equipped with Microsft’s XInput game controller API. XInput allows the Stratus XL to function perfectly as a console-like gaming controller on a PC. With the help of SteelSeries Engine software suite, users can tweak the controller’s joystick settings, sensitivity levels and even invert the axis.
In a physical aspect, the Stratus XL is styled to look like a regular console controller unlike the Stratus controller. Except, the D-pad is placed in the top left and the joysticks are both on the bottom. Other wise, you have a D-pad, two joysticks, four buttons (X, Y, A and B), and three menu type buttons on the front. Finally, two triggers and two shoulder buttons are placed on the back.
Priced at a hefty $59.99, SteelSeries hopes that the Stratus XL will create easy-to-use experiences and allows multi-screen experiences to actually happen.
[alert color=”white”]LOS ANGELES, CA – E3 – June 16, 2015 – SteelSeries, the global gaming peripherals leader, today announced a new version of the Stratus XL Wireless Gaming Controller that is specifically designed for Windows and Android gaming. Gamers now have the option to control their games effortlessly and wireless via Bluetooth® on PC, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, Ouya and other micro-console systems. “When SteelSeries introduced the first Stratus Controller we believed that the gaming ecosystem was on the cusp of changing and that gaming was becoming less restrictive to players who wanted to game on their mobile devices. Two years later we see this evolution happening across multiple platforms and devices,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, SteelSeries CEO. “The new controller creates an easy-to-use experience and allows that multiscreen experience to really happen.”Play all of your controller-enabled Steam® games with the Stratus XL for Windows & Android, which leverages the Microsoft® XInput game controller API. With XInput, the Stratus XL will function just like a console-style gaming controller on PC. Supported by the SteelSeries Engine software suite, gamers can personalize the controller adjust joystick settings, sensitivity levels, and invert the axis. The Stratus XL mirrors the familiar size and layout of console controllers; it features an 8-way directional pad (D-pad), two high fidelity, clickable analog joysticks, four face buttons and a total of four shoulder buttons, including two top shoulder buttons and two analog triggers. The Stratus XL also features four LEDs for player indicator and battery status level. For added convenience three center buttons allow easy navigation in games and Steam Big Picture Mode. The controllers Bluetooth connection will allow multiple players to connect to the same wireless system when gaming. Powered by AA batteries, the Stratus XL will deliver an estimated 40 hours of gameplay. Compatible on multiple platforms and devices paired with thousands of games on the Google Play® Store and on Steam, marks the Stratus XL for Windows & Android as the most versatile wireless gaming controller on the market. With thousands of game titles to choose from, the new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as well as Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Outlast, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Killing Floor 2, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and ARK: Survival Evolved are just some of the controller-enabled games that when combined with the Stratus XL gamers are in for an incredible experience. The Stratus XL for Windows & Android is available starting this July for $59.99 / €59.99. Gamers can find more details and be alerted when the controller is available to order at http://steelseries.com. [/alert]