I have created a USB driver which allows you to use wired XBox 360 Controllers via USB, and wireless XBox 360 Controllers via the Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows, on your OSX machine, including support for the Apple Force Feedback library. I have added a version of the driver without support for the Guitar Hero controller, to allow the Guitar Hero for Mac game to work (it attempts to access hardware directly, which doesn't work if a real driver has claimed the device). The Driver disk image contains an installer, which when run will install the driver, and a Preference Pane to control it. Games I've currently tested for force feedback support (only games that support basic rumble will probably function currently, as I've only implemented triangle, square and sine wave-type effects. Sadly, the wireless controllers communicate with the XBox 360 using a propreitary RF protocol, and not Bluetooth, so the Bluetooth module built into your Mac won't help you out. If you're using a game like WoW or an emulator that only supports the keyboard, I recommend ControllerMate to allow you to configure any HID device to appear as another device to the system. The driver should also now be able to update itself to support (or remove support for) any given devices, using the new + button to the left of the connected device list. If you're looking to buy an XBox 360 controller to use, or any other Amazon items, please consider using these links. Today we get a look at the first Apple authorized Bluetooth game controller for iOS devices with the Stratus Wireless Controller announced today by SteelSeries.
The controller looks much smaller than the other MFi controllers on the market, and it lacks the built-in battery pack included on Logitech’s and Moga’s, but we’ll have a full breakdown of how the controller compares to the others in a full review coming shortly.
The SteelSeries Stratus Controller is available to preorder today from the company’s website for $100. While the standalone design that doesn’t require you to dock your device makes it look and feel more like a traditional game controller, the Stratus is actually about less than half the size of the two MFi controllers from Logitech and Moga, which are generally about the same size as your standard Xbox or Playstation controller.
It also comes with a plastic dust cover that is supposed to protect from dust and objects when it is thrown in a bag or pocket and on the go (pictured below). Two things you lose with the Stratus vs the form-fitting MFi controllers we’ve seen: You won’t be able to charge your device from the built-in battery and there’s no headphone jack. When it comes to games, all of the controllers that use Apple’s extended layout with dual joysticks and four shoulder buttons are all in the same boat. The Stratus controller from SteelSeries has two big benefits over its competitors so far: its small size and the much higher quality dual joysticks.
Thankfully there is a Jailbreak app that lets you use an actual Dualshock 4 over bluethooth as a Mfi compatible gamepad.
Apple should have designed their own BT controllers when the iPod Touch and iPad first came out. All the ones that dock an iPhone will be obsolete come iPhone 6, and all the ones that don’t miss a major feature.


The latest release of the driver includes support, and I'll be updating the USB information section of this website shortly. It works by automatically tweaking the driver's Info.plist, but a reboot will be required after any changes. Additionally, the Play n Charge cable only charges, and won't allow you to use the wireless controller as a wired one. In addition to this, there are applications available if you want to generate a MIDI feed from your controller for creative purposes! It also contains 64-bit binaries, however I've been unable to test them because Apple have disabled my MacBook from booting into 64-bit mode.
Those two controllers used Apple’s form-fitting design, which lets an iOS device dock directly into a recess in the controller and connect via a built-in Lightning connector.
Both used Apple’s form-fitting design that docks an iPhone or iPod touch directly into the controller via a Lightning connector.
For commuters with not much bag space to spare, the Stratus is about as compact as it can get while still being completely functional. It doubles as some “extra grip” when attached to the back, which does make the tiny body of the controller somewhat more substantial for those with larger hands.
However, you do gain the ability to use the controller with your iPad, Mac, or Apple TV (without having to use AirPlay mirroring). That is, manufacturers are maintaining their own lists of compatible games and slowly updating as developers release updates to their apps to support Apple’s new game controller frameworks. The real choice for consumers when it comes to MFi controllers will be Bluetooth versus the form-fitting design.
So it makes a bit mroe sense in Australia, considering every other new controller is the same price. Works really well but the obvious drawback is that this option isn’t available to anyone without the Jailbreak.
This entire round of new controllers (Logitech, Moga, Stratus, and there is one more from CES) are all a joke. If you want to buy a Wireless Gaming Receiver from Amazon, use the links below and part of your purchase will be donated to me! If, after looking, you can't get it to work, you can still try e-mailing me at the link at the bottom of the page. However, Apple’s program also allows another breed of standalone controllers that connect over Bluetooth and therefore also work with iPad and Mac.
Unfortunately the standalone design means you won’t be doing much playing while in transit, as you’ll usually be left with nowhere to prop up an iPhone or iPad.


Unfortunately, with at least my review unit, the dust cover wouldn’t attach properly or stay on to the front of the controller.
Where Moga’s were shallow and hard to intuitively and precisely feel what direction you’re triggering, the Stratus has joysticks that feel more like mini versions of what you’d find on a Playstation or Xbox controller.
The standard layout, which we’ve so far only seen from Logitech’s controller, is slightly more limited in compatible games due to lack of joysticks. It uses Apple’s extended layout, which gives you dual analog joysticks and an extra set of shoulder triggers on top of the d-pad, face buttons and single set of triggers on Apple’s standard layout.
Unveiled at CES, this week I’ve put one of the first Bluetooth, non-form-fitting designs to the test with the new Stratus wireless controller from SteelSeries.
That’s one benefit of the form-fitting designs that dock the iPhone right into the controller.
The face buttons are passable, but they suffer from feeling a little loose in their openings much like Logitech’s controller. While all games supporting Apple’s controller framework will support both extended and standard layouts, the experience with the standard layout will sometimes require the touch display for some functions that don’t map nicely to the scaled back button layout. It would be nice to see a form-fitting controller that could also connect over Bluetooth and do both, but for now it looks like the cost trade-off means it will be one or the other. Some manufacturers of the non-form-fitting design plan to include a stand with their controller, but SteelSeries does not. It would also have been nice if the cover doubled as a stand for your iPhone or iPad while playing.
The D-Pad too is decent compared to the competition apart from feeling a bit clicky, but the controller’s small size is most noticeable with the shoulder triggers. We’re also still waiting on Apple to release its own master list or iTunes category with controller compatible games.
I’ll personally be sticking with Moga’s controller simply because its the form-fitting design. The L1 and R1 triggers sit comfortably where your index fingers would land when gripping the controller, but a much smaller set of L2 and R2 triggers means you might encounter occasions where you miss the L1 and R1 buttons when transitioning from the first set of triggers. But you’ll also have some time to decide if you’re holding out for a Bluetooth MFi controller, as the Stratus doesn’t ship until March and others are bound to be announced in the meantime.



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