We covered another controller from this company, the Stratus XL, and we discovered that the company has quite a bit of history already, despite having shown up on the gaming front a bit late. Rather than being here from the start as a company producing the original controllers, they arrived after learning what was needed by professional style gamers. While this sounds like a conundrum to put ‘professional’ in reference to ‘gamers’ this is an accurate sign of what you can actually expect out there today when looking for game machines, games, and their accessories.
In the last twenty years or so, gaming has become an actual credited event, and with the advent of online MOBA’s and other online mass player vs. player style of games, it has been given the title of ‘eSports’. The gamers involved are in major competition against each other, either as teams or to be the last man standing. Such playing requires the kind of equipment that allows the player's skills to shine without causing undue stress on their hands and joints. Having the sort of equipment that assures no lag and ease of use can make the difference between being out in the first round and making it to the top. That being said, there was a need to fill in that exact requirement and SteelSeries stepped up in 2002 to do just that.
Instead of aiming to fill an already overabundance of console controllers, however, they chose to develop controllers like this one, which their purpose is to work with everything else at the same level as one can expect from a well-made console controller. The most difficult part of designing such a controller is that, unlike a console, not all computers and devices run on the same operating system, and so it has to be able to adapt to each set of programming. It is hard enough getting something together that runs on all versions of Windows, so hearing that the Nimbus can do more has us quirking a brow and digging in our research fingers. Ready for it? Let’s find out what the gaming world has to say about the Nimbus!
- Smooth gameplay
- The app doesn’t offer much
- Doesn’t come with charging cable
- Apple iOS compatible only
When you look at their site for an idea as to what their brand is attempting to do and be known for, it is innovation and gaming at its best. They push to create the best equipment for both lone gaming and the competitive gaming of esports. They get this right for most of their equipment and are well known by serious gamers everywhere as one of the best places to go. We guess they just let this one slip when it comes to certain aspects, but it still is great for what it does work with.
Unlike other controllers from SteelSeries, this one doesn’t work with double A batteries, either. What does that mean? Well, if you do not have the charger, as said, you better get one. The top side to this is that you can expect 40 or more hours of gameplay from a fully charged controller which seems to be the longest any controller can go for on the market, setting it as one of the best in this area you can expect.
Of course, there is also the app, and most will be asking how good it is and what exactly it adds to gameplay with this controller. Most times we can give a good review here, and with SteelSeries, we again expected to tell you it was worth a look. We instead ended up finding more to the opposite. Really, the only important aspect of the app is that the firmware updates for the controller are received through it. Beyond updates, however, all it really offers are video tutorials and a list of what the controller is currently able to be used with- both device and games. There is not really much beyond that to be said, which is as sad as it is disappointing since it seems like such a passed-up opportunity to add a few extra features in.
-40+ hours of gameplay per charge