SteelSeries' Stratus XL wireless controller is one snazzy gamepad


— 11:05 AM on June 17, 2015

SteelSeries isn't taking the news of Microsoft's Elite controller for the Xbox One and PC lying down. The gaming peripheral company has a new controller of its own for Windows and Android, called the Stratus XL.

The Stratus XL's layout should be immediately familiar to anyone who's used an Xbox controller. SteelSeries' companion software allows for a number of tweaks unavailable with that classic controller, though. Players can configure the trigger dead zones to their liking, and the sensitivity and dead zones of each joystick can be adjusted, as well.

Another nice touch is SteelSeries' use of the Microsoft XInput API with the Stratus XL, which means it'll look exactly like an Xbox controller to games that care. The three extra buttons at the center can be used to navigate Android or Steam's Big Picture mode, too. This gamepad connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, and Twin AA batteries should be good for 40 hours of fragging.

The Stratus XL carries a $59.99 list price, but there's no word on when we can expect it in stores.

   
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