Back in October, Razer introduced Junglecat gamepad. This gamepad came with two Nintendo Switch Joy Con like controllers. Users can join these controllers on either side of their handset. However, a major drawback of this was, it worked only on four Android phones and that also required a special phone casing.
Today, at the CES 2020 event, Razer unveiled Razer Kishi. Razer Kishi is another switch like a mobile gamepad. However, the design conveys that it addresses the problems faced by its previous flagship, Junglecat. The company also confirmed in the event that this device will work for not only most Android phones but also for iPhones.
Like Junglecat, you can attach Razer Kishi to either side of your handset and connect it directly through a USB cable for Android or an Apple Lightning connector for iPhone. If you own an Android device then this will also support cloud gaming services such as xCloud and Google Stadia.
It should be noted that plugging the switches directly in your device means that you don’t have to charge Kishi separately as it will use power from your phone. Interestingly, it also comes with pass-through charging ports which allows you to charge your phone while you are gaming.
The Kishi controller comes with a console controller layout that includes two thumbsticks, a directional pad, shoulder triggers, and ABXY buttons. However, the company is yet to confirm how many shoulders trigger there will be. Some experts are considering two while others are expecting four.
Razer claimed at the CES 2020 event that Kishi will work all games that come with Android mobile controller support (for Android) and MFi Controller support (for iOS).
Features of Razer Kishi Mobile Gamepad Controller
- USB-C or Apple Lightning™ connection
- Android smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/S9/S9+/S10e/S10/S10+/Note 8/Note 9/Note 10/Note 10+, Google Pixel 2/2 XL/3/3XL/4/4XL, and other Android 7.0 Nougat or higher devices
- iOS Smartphones: iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
- Pass-through charging
- Latency-free connectivity
In the event, Razer also disclosed that Kishi has been developed in partnership with GameVice. Razer made a multi-year license agreement with GameVice for Kishi. GameVice is a renowned company for its own Switch-like mobile controllers.
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Via – Razer Blog