The previously revealed SteelSeries Stratus XL has officially released today on the Apple Store. Following in the steps of the original Stratus controller, the beefed-up Stratus XL supplies a bigger structure that offers it some parity to gaming console controllers in regards to family member dimension and button layout.

The Stratus XL links to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch making use of a wireless Bluetooth link, and the huge layout fits all of the expected command inputs: 2 joysticks, a pressure-sensitive directional pad, four action buttons, as well as four shoulder buttons that include two analog trigger buttons.

Our sister website TouchArcade obtained a hands-on with the controller at E3 this previous summertime, and discovered the new device advantageous over the diminutive dimension of the original Stratus. They noted, “Instead of curling your hands around the little SteelSeries Stratus, holding the SteelSeries Stratus XL is more much like having an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller in your hands.”

The Stratus XL utilizes AA electric batteries instead of a rechargeable battery pack. SteelSeries states the batteries must last for 40+ hrs of playtime, and also a button on the back of the device must aid users prevent heavy drainage of the batteries when not being used.

The SteelSeries Stratus XL can be bought now from the Apple Store for $$ 69.95, which has to do with $$ 10 over the price tag of the PS4 DualShock 4 as well as the Xbox One Wireless Controller. The Stratus XL will certainly be readily available for direct purchase from the SteelSeries main website, and also for hands-on demonstrations at select Apple Shops, on December 6.

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