October 4, 2022
Razer announces its second generation Kishi smartphone controller

Today’s smartphones are powerful enough to run all kinds of games, from console-like experiences in Genshin Impact to the dozens of systems able to be emulated through the likes of Retroarch. Unfortunately, smartphone controllers have historically left a lot to be desired. The Razer Kishi was one such controller. Finally however, Razer has announced a version 2.

The Razer Kishi V2 is a horizontal USB-C gaming controller which intends to bring “a console-class gameplay experience to your smartphone”. When compared to the first Kishi, the V2 shows a whole host of improvements.

Firstly, the design has been overhauled entirely, now featuring “a stable, extendable bridge that perfectly holds most popular Android smartphones, providing a secure fit that won’t come loose while you game”. The first Kishi controller was much less stable, utilising more flexible materials.

Thanks to the inclusion of a USB-C connection, latency is minimised, while also allowing for passthrough charging. Other added conveniences include a new dedicated screenshot and video record button as well as a Razer Nexus app launch button – offering a much more console-like experience when the controller is connected.

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