Right now, Razer’s Kishi gamepad for iOS is smaller than ever

Right now, Razer's Kishi gamepad for iOS is smaller than ever

Tech Highlights:

  • Along with Apple Arcade and other native iOS games, the Kishi is compatible with cloud gaming services like Google Stadia, GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming. You can also use it to play Xbox or PlayStation consoles using remote play apps. The controller is compact when not in use, which makes it easy to keep in your bag. To use it, you’ll need to unclip a rear panel. A belt holds the two halves together and it stretches to accommodate various phone sizes. You’ll likely need to remove your phone’s case before using the Kishi, since it needs to be plugged into the Lightning port.

  • An external controller is what you need if you’ve been looking for a better method to play games on your phone than using touch controls. The Razer Kishi is a great dedicated controller choice, and the iOS version is currently on Amazon for an all-time low price. It’s currently $55, which is $45 less than the normal price. Meanwhile, the Android USB-C version costs $45. You won’t need to charge the controller because it has a connected connection to your device. In comparison to a Bluetooth-connected gamepad, this will also result in lesser latency. A Lightning port is there, although it is just for passthrough charging. You won’t be able to listen to music using wired headphones (rival Backbone One has a 3.5mm headphone jack, however).

The Kishi does the trick for on-the-go use, though some may find the stubby analog sticks and other design choices a little uncomfortable for long gameplay sessions. The iOS version of the gamepad has been heavily discounted ahead of the Kishi V2, a new version of the controller that’s expected to arrive later this year.

Razer released the $100 Android edition of the Kishi V2 this month. It has a solid sliding bridge rather than the stretchy belt (an idea Razer seems to have cribbed from Backbone), clickier buttons and the option to keep certain cases on while using the device. There’s also a share button that only works with the Razer Nexus app on Android. Players can use that to stream gameplay to the likes of YouTube and Facebook.

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