Gamers with modern phones, rejoice. Razer follows up its controller with a more substantial Joy-Con-alike model: the , first announced at CES 2020. The Kishi’s pads use tension to attach to the phone and connect via USB-C, which removes the latency and lag of a Bluetooth connection, and means the controller doesn’t require charging.
- Standard Xbox and Nintendo Switch controller layout, for the most part
- USB-C connection with charging pass-through
- Thumbsticks are relatively tight and D-pad feels mushy
- You lose USB-C audio
The Kishi’s larger design allows for a more solid grip, and it has the familiarity of the Xbox and Nintendo Joy-Con Pro controller layouts. It’s not a perfect emulation — the controls are differently spaced from each other than on those other controllers and the feel may not be to everyone’s taste — but it’s one of the most elegant, usable controllers for mobile gaming I’ve tried.
The Razer Kishi for Android is available now for $80 (£80, AU$150). The company expects to ship an MFi-certified model