Razer is a popular brand for gaming devices, from mice to headsets, and even top tier rigs. At CES 2020, Razer announced the Razer Kishi Universal Gaming Controller, a gaming controller for Android phones. Razer has plans to make the Razer Kishi a universal controller line for all phones and possibly more mobile devices. The controller takes inspiration from the Nintendo Switch’s controller layout with its placement of thumbsticks and buttons.
Unlike the Switch, the controller cannot be used remotely from the phone as it uses the phone’s power thus requiring a USB-C or lightning port to connect to. The controller does have a port to pass a charger though to fuel the phone, but the controller does not have a headphone jack and cannot utilize the USB-C port for headphones making a Bluetooth headset mandatory.
The controller telescopes, allowing to stretch to cover the length of most phones, but the width does not expand, giving it a set and limited range sizes that will fit. The controller has all the buttons, one would expect from an Xbox or Switch controller, with two thumbsticks, an eight-way D-pad, four individual buttons, and four top bumpers. The controller functions with the Razer Kishi app, which serves as a game discovery and launcher.
Razer does offer another controller for mobile devices, the Raiju Mobile, which more closely follows the Xbox controller design philosophy. The Raiju Mobile has a latch for android phones and can be paired with PCs. The Razer Kishi offers a more compact and cheaper alternative in the universal controller line of products. The Raiju is going for $150 but the Kishi is going for $80.
The Razer Kishi’s asking price is similar to a base Xbox One controller, being twenty dollars more, and the Raiju is thirty more or twenty less than the Xbox One Elite controller depending on the retailer.