Steelseries have been around the scene for ages when it comes to mice, keyboards and headsets but not as involved in the game controller inner circles as much. The Stratus Duo is a multi-purpose wireless controller which can be used for Android, VR, PC Gaming and made with Steam in mind already being tailored to controller enabled games and the Big Picture mode.
Serious mobile gamers can also purchase an added clip which attaches to the controller for your phone to slot into. This can then be used for games like Fornite which it has been officially recognised by the battle royale game.
It’s not the fanciest looking controllers or device but it has some top-notch components. The matte black frame is one of the nicest built third party controllers I’ve ever used. Has a decent amount of weight behind it and built to feel very solid in your hands. Weighted correctly is sits in your hands comfortably and does not feel like a cheap plastic knock-off or empty on the inside.
Controller setup is closer to the Xbox with an ABXY button mapping but has similar thumbstick arrangments to the PlayStation being symmetrical. The D-Pad has a nice soft but firm feel with a contour for ease of use and the ends of the controller are very slightly curved for a comfortable grip with a little weightiness to them so they sit into your palms.
Battery life sits about 20 hours and when using it regularly it definitely feels like it lasts long enough between charges. It does not last as long as some of SteelSeries other controllers like the XL but it does include a rechargeable battery this time, which easily plugs into your PC for a couple of hours and be ready to go again. You can still play PC games while it is charging too.
I’ve seen some feedback about the Stratus Duo also not including rumble feedback and how it’s a massive miss of the mark. I’d have to disagree if I am completely honest I’ve not noticed the lack of it in games, if any, quite enjoyed not having it. It might be a deal-breaker for some but logically, it’s a small trade-off.