Razer has made a specialty of designing controllers suitable for smartphones. With the Razer Kishi V2, the brand intends to correct all the faults of the first generation.
Among the controllers designed for our smartphones, the Razer Kishi has established itself as a benchmark. This two-part controller gives a smartphone the ergonomics of a Steam Deck or a Nintendo Switch by placing controls on the left and right of the screen. Two years after the first model, Razer returns with a new design.
The same idea and a completely revised design
By far, the Razer Kishi V2 controller retains the same philosophy, but wants to gain in manufacturing quality and adapt to more smartphones.
For this, Razer has given up the flexibility of the central part, which no longer allows the controller to be stored as easily as before. On the other hand, the bridge at the back of the product can now be extended to accommodate large smartphones. The brand promises that the installation of a smartphone has been simplified and that the whole is more robust than on the first generation.
A better quality controller
Razer also insists on less visible changes to its controller. Buttons and triggers have been replaced with those that Razer can use on more traditional controllers to improve grip quality. The brand particularly mentions the reuse of the directional pad and the microswitches of the Razer Wolverine V2 controller, which convinced us.
A direct connection for Android
As on the Kishi V1, Razer does not integrate a battery or Bluetooth into its controller. It connects directly through the smartphone’s USB-C port to minimize latency. Result: the product is incompatible with the iPhone as long as Apple continues to use its Lightning port. Apple fans can hope that Razer adapts its new controller to Apple’s proprietary port. The Razer Kishi V2 also includes a USB-C port to allow smartphone charging while using the controller.
Razer also announces the release of the Razer Nexus app for Android on the Google Play Store. It allows you to configure the controller and find the world of the Razer brand on Android. Of course, all games and services that support a gamepad on Android are compatible. The Razer Kishi V2 should therefore be ideal for cloud gaming services.
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