Last week Valve made the exciting announcement that Steam Link and Steam Video are coming to iOS. The first question most people are asking is about controls and which MFi controller would be best for Steam Link. (The amount of people who have hit us up collectivity to ask this has been a little stunning, in fact.)
The answer is simple, the SteelSeries Nimbus. I’ve gone through a plethora of bluetooth controllers for my iPhone, from the underwhelming to the straight disappointing. But by far the best MFi controller I’ve gotten my paws on is the Nimbus. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get one, but after being disappointed by many options on the market now, I decided to get a Nimbus and I’ve been highly satisfied.
The Nimbus is very well-made. It feels very close to modern console controllers in your hands with its perfect size, solid build and comfortable shape. It doesn’t rattle like so many other controllers I’ve used and I’ve had no problems pairing it. It’s not the most portable option on the market as it’s roughly the same size as a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, but that’s a small sacrifice for such a well-made and functional product.
There are more portable options out there but most of them are so portable I can’t imagine your hands would be happy using them with PC games for extended periods of time. We’ve got a full review of the controller from 2015 when it was first released, and all these years later it’s still on top.
The SteelSeries Nimbus boasts 40+ hours of playtime on a charge and charges through Lightening Connector so that’s one less cable you have to carry. The Nimbus usually runs $49.99 USD but currently is on sale for $41.99 on Amazon with free shipping. If you’re at all interested in a MFi controller, in anticipation for Steam Link or otherwise, it comes with a very high recommendation.