SteelSeries Free Mobile Wireless Controller Review

Others/Miscelleneous by stefan @ 2013-02-25

The SteelSeries Free is a tiny controller that can be paired via Bluetooth to mobile phones, tablets but also PC/Mac. Mobile games which support the gamepad aren’t many but on the PC we can play most of the games which support X360 controllers.

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Product Overview, Specifications

Control the World


The SteelSeries Free Mobile Gaming Controller is a wireless Bluetooth controller designed for cross-platform use on PC/Mac®, Android® Smartphones and Tablets, iPod touch®, iPhone® and iPad®. This new breed of gaming controller brings together a compact and lightweight design with the industry’s best cross-platform capability.


Add in a classic, familiar layout and a rechargeable battery with 20hrs of casual playtime and you have the Freedom to Play.


Freedom to Play


Consumer entertainment is evolving. TV is watched on computers, games are played on tablets, and music is listened to on phones. Entertainment doesn’t stop at just one platform, it moves from the desk to the couch to a backpack, purse and pocket.


SteelSeries introduces the Freedom to Play. Every way, everywhere.


Controller Layout



2. Left Analog Stick

3. Right Analog Stick

4. Button 1

5. Button 2

6. Button 3

7. Button 4

8. Mode Select

9. Power Button & LED Indicator

10. Left Shoulder Button

11. Right Shoulder Button





Size & Weight


Length: 108mm

Width: 55mm

Thickness: 20mm

Weight: 54 grams


Play anything. Anywhere.


Universal, Bluetooth connectivity means that you can game on your iOS or Android phones and tablets, and even your PC and Mac®. The SteelSeries Engine App is available on all platforms for maximum configurability.


Android Compatibility


The controller is supported on the Android platform in games such as:


Grand Theft Auto 3


RipTide GP

And more…


Additional compatibility can be found through Zeemote enabled apps


iOS Compatibility


Full support of many iOS games includes titles like:


Temple Run

Midway Arcade

League of Evil 2

And many more…


PC & Mac® Compatibility


The SteelSeries Free is capable of mouse and keyboard emulation thanks to the SteelSeries Engine. This means that virtually every title on the Mac® and PC are fully compatible.


The SteelSeries Free is compatible with games like:



Trine™ 2

Super Meat Boy

Burnout™ Paradise


Call of Duty®: Black Ops

And more…


The classic, familiar layout also inspires instant nostalgia when you fire up your favorite emulators.


SteelSeries Engine App


Support from the PC version of SteelSeries Engine provides full remapping and configuration of the controller. To download the latest version, please visit


Battery Life


The rechargeable battery is capable of 10+ hours of non-stop, wireless play while, with more casual use, can last over 20 hours.


Automatic power save feature will turn off the controller after 20 minutes of being idle when paired and 3 minutes when unpaired.


Charge and Play


With the SteelSeries Free you are never done gaming. At any point you can plug the provided USB cable in to charge the controller while you continue to enjoy your favorite games.


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