The vast majority of Oculus Go apps are best played with a motion controller. But there’s no denying that some games and experiences simply play better with a gamepad. Good news, then; SteelSeries’ latest product is an Oculus Go gamepad designed for gamers.
The SteelSeries Stratus Duo launched this week for $59.99. It comes with all the usual bells and whistles; dual analog sticks, four face buttons, a d-pad, and shoulder buttons. SteelSeries is keen to mention that the kit works with both the Oculus Go and the Gear VR headsets, though. It connects via Bluetooth.
The Stratus Duo also comes with over 20 hours of rechargeable battery life. It weighs in at 245g. Inside the box you’ll find a wireless USB adapter (which you won’t need for VR) and a Micro-USB charging cable.
Outside of Go and Gear, the Stratus Duo also supports Windows PCs and Android devices. It’s also compatible with Steam games, so you could use it with your Vive, Rift and Windows VR headsets too. With a Stratus Duo in hand, you can play some Go games that require a controller like the Herobound series. Other games like Republique also just play better with a gamepad.
You can also use console gamepads you already own for Oculus Go gaming but support can be finicky. It might be the more expensive choice, but a dedicated controller is definitely the better way to go if you’re serious about an Oculus Go gamepad. Whether or not the Stratus Duo is the best option we can’t say just yet; we haven’t gone hands-on with it ourselves.
You can order a Stratus Duo direct from SteelSeries’ website.