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ION Wireless Gaming Controller Will Work on PC and Mobile Devices

SteelSeries has issued a press release today about one of their upcoming wireless gaming controllers called the ION, which will allow gamers to have a console like controller for their PC’s and mobile devices.  This little Bluetooth enabled wonder will sync with your mobile devices just as easy as it does with a PC.  It’s no larger than a deck of cards, so it’s easily transportable and it’ll make playing games that support virtual joysticks much more enjoyable.

The ION will work with your mobile devices and PC’s

Unfortunately this little guy won’t be out until Q3 of this year, so you’ll have to wait if you want to get your ION on.  Pricing hasn’t been issued either, but I’d expect it to fall somewhere between $50-$80 bones.  For more details and the official press release please head on down past the break.  You’ve been needing a joystick solution for your iOS gaming habits…

SteelSeries Wireless ION Controller Announcement

LAS VEGAS, CES – Jan. 10, 2012 –SteelSeries the leading manufacturer of premium-quality, competitive gaming peripherals today, introduced the SteelSeries Ion Wireless Controller.  Through a licensing partnership with Zeemote Technology Inc., the SteelSeries Ion is designed to work fully with your PC, additionally the controller brings classic control schemes to touch screen devices like tablets and phones. The compact controller connects wirelessly through Bluetooth and can be easily customized and configured through its own application on the device.

“For PC users, the SteelSeries Ion is a convenient alternative, especially if they want something other than their mouse or keyboard as their tool. And for consumers with tablets and Smartphone’s, it really is an ideal accessory” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “Whether you’re sling shooting birds or playing a word game with friends, there are games that are ideal for touch screen.  Those types of games however, are not the only games available; there are a number of first-person shooter and RTS games that aren’t downloaded or played as frequently as they could be, because the touch screen doesn’t provide an optimal experience. The SteelSeries Ion provides the advantage for those types of games.”

Measuring only about the size of a standard deck of cards (approximately 108mm in length, 55.5mm in width and 18mm thick); the lightweight controller can be easily stored and carried. It connects through Bluetooth to your PC and/or your mobile device and includes a white LED light on the controller indicating a connection. The SteelSeries Ion includes a rechargeable, lithium battery that will provide up to 20 hours of wireless use and can be plugged into your device for charge and play use.

The SteelSeries Ion boasts a classic controller design that includes 2 mini-joysticks, a left side Dpad button, 2 trigger buttons one at each shoulder, and a four button layout on the right, similar to familiar Nintendo®, Xbox 360® and PlayStation® controllers. The buttons can be customized through an easy-to-use interface for both PC and mobile devices.

The SteelSeries Ion Wireless Controller will be available in Q3; pricing will be announced closer to its availability. For more information about the new SteelSeries Ion, please visit http://steelseri.es/ion. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for new product updates as well as a snapshot of all SteelSeries CES product announcements at http://steelseri.es/ces2012.

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