SteelSeries Ion Looks to Capture Interest of Gamers With New Controller


With the advent of Android devices and joypad-compatible games came a whole slew of gaming controllers. SteelSeries is jumping into the game themselves and they’re looking to introduce what looks to be a worthy contender.

The device is called the Ion and it is closer to modern-day console controllers than any controller we’ve seen. It has two analog sticks, a directional pad, four face buttons and two shoulder buttons.

It has a bit of a weird design but its lack of curves and girth makes it easy enough to slide into your pocket. To get an idea of how thick it is, go find a deck of cards and put it in your pocket – easily comfortable, no?

It uses Bluetooth so no need to worry about wires or compatibility. All of it is slated for Q2 or early Q3 – we’ll hope for sooner rather than later but you’ll have to show your patient side either way. Head to their site for more information. [via DroidGamers]

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  1. I really like the design but it’s hard to imagine using something like that with my phone. I’d have to prop it up on something?

    1. I’m guessing that this is more for those who play on tablets or who output video to their TV

    2. My case has a kickstand, so I’m good to go.

  2. It would really need a method of mounting the phone. A padded clamp would probably work like the one on my car mount, you just squeeze it down until your device is secure so any phone will fit.

  3. I just want something like this to work with NES/Gensis/etc. emulators on my Logitech Revue. Why isn’t this a reality yet?

    1. Can the emus work with the revue? (I assume you can side-load them?)

      1. Nope. They’re all ARM-based, and the Revue is x86. Supposedly 2nd gen GTV will support it. Lame.

  4. Guys this would work best if you hook your phone to a TV then us this as a wireless remote…

    1. If I was going to hook my phone up to my TV, I wouldn’t need a flat, portable controller like this.  I’d use my PS3 bluetooth controller.

  5.  I’ll just use a mount or a sucker stand. This is great for long car trips because the car shakes your phone while on the road.

  6. this shit is boss. do want

  7. Good thing my evo has a kickstand lol, personally I wouldn’t have a need for it. But if I gamed on my phone that looks like where it’s at!

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