Mobile controllers are a handy way to transform your smartphone into a respectable dupe for the hugely popular Nintendo Switch. And Razer is… well, Razer… is eager to tap into the potential of that phone accessory.
This time around, the gaming hardware giant is trying to get the formula just right with the second iteration of its Razer Kishi – the Razer Kishi V2. The new generation of the mobile controller features an updated design and a host of additional improvements.
The gadget’s buttons will finally use Razer’s mechanical click technology that the company uses in its gaming keyboards and mice, bringing the feeling of true gaming periphery to the Kishi V2. While we are talking about buttons, the mobile controller has also implemented dedicated buttons for screen recording and for the Razer Nexus app. The multi-function buttons are now also fully programmable. The controller’s redesigned “bridge” (ie the center part that hosts the smartphone) now accommodates a wider range of handsets and provides a better fit for most of them. In addition, thanks to the new customizable inserts, the Razer Kishi V2 is now compatible with some cases and protectors, eliminating the hassle of removing the protection from your smartphone beforehand.
The Razer Kishi V2 retains the USB-C connectivity of its predecessor, allowing it to significantly reduce the levels of input latency, ensuring a seamless gaming experience. In addition, the Kishi V2 now supports pass-through charging, allowing gamers to charge their smartphones while playing their favorite mobile titles.
The Razer Kishi V2 is currently only compatible with Android devices, but Razer promises to release an iOS version of the mobile controller this fall. The Razer Kishi V2 is on sale at the Razer store and carries a price tag of $99.