Game accessory maker SteelSeries has updated its Nimbus wireless controller, with the MFi certified Nimbus + offering 50 hours of battery life and iPhone support for extended gaming sessions on the go.
A refresh of the original Nimbus, the Nimbus + Wireless GamePad Controller brings the SteelSeries accessory into line with current MFi specifications for wireless connectivity and pairing. It also benefits from other MFi features such as game discovery supported by the controller, optimized button mapping and quick reconnections with an iPhone or iPad.
The 50 hours of battery life is an increase of 10 hours compared to the 40 hours offered by the first Nimbus. The Nimbus + can be recharged via a practical Lightning port at the top of the unit, between the shoulder buttons.
A big change under MFi is the introduction of clickable joysticks, a feature that is common on traditional console game controllers, where pressing one of the two joysticks counts as a press of a button . This adds two more buttons above the existing four main buttons, the directional pad, the home and menu buttons, the shoulder buttons, and the triggers.
The latest model also includes the Nimbus + iPhone holder in the box, which allows you to connect an iPhone directly to the controller. Away from the iPhone, the controller is compatible with the iPad, Apple TV and Mac, so it can be used to play Apple Arcade titles in the Apple ecosystem.
The SteelSeries Nimbus + is available for purchase on Apple.com for $ 69.99, with SteelSeries’ own store stocking it starting May 26.