Steel Series Nimbus: A Versatile Game Controller for Apple Devices

For a long time, SteelSeries' Nimbus Wireless Controller ($49.95) has been the only game in town for gaming on the Apple TV. While Apple just announced plans to support PlayStation and Xbox controllers going forward, this was a good time to check out the Nimbus, which SteelSeries sent me to try.

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It may sound silly, but I want to start and say that the Nimbus is not made of steel! Actually, that would be too heavy anyway, so this is a good thing. But I wouldn't mind some metallic accents, perhaps in aluminum. Still, the result is a lightweight controller that is soft and comfortable to the touch and is contoured to match most gamers' hands. There are lots of buttons that only help if you are using a compatible game of course. The good news is that Nimbus has a free companion app to help identify supported games. Then you can leverage the two joysticks, the diamond pad and dedicated X, Y, A, and B buttons plus trigger buttons.

Pros

  • Specifically designed for Apple gear
  • Supports Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
  • Charges via Lightning connector
  • Pressure sensitive buttons
  • Free companion app to find compatible games

Cons

  • Apple plans to support Xbox and PlayStation controllers
  • Supports hundreds of games but not all

Final Verdict

Apple gamers will appreciate that the Nimbus is specifically designed for Apple devices and supports Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and that it charges via Lightning connector so that's one less cable to bring around.

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