About two years after the original Kishi, the well-known manufacturer launches a completely improved new edition with the Razer Kishi V2. It incorporates the know-how from the Wolverine V2 console controller, which we recently tested.
Razer Kishi V2 launches on Android first
The new Razer Kishi V2 mobile controller will initially launch with Android smartphone compatibility, with an iOS variant to follow at a later date. With the new edition, the manufacturer wants to do nothing less than “redefine handheld gaming”, the announcement says.
For this purpose, the Kishi V2 adopts the tactile Microswitch buttons from the manufacturer’s Wolverine controller, which provide even more precise movements. The new Share button can be used to capture screenshots or video clips to share with followers and friends. The Kishi V2 also introduces two multifunction buttons and the brand new Razer Nexus app.
“The first Razer Kishi paved the way for console-quality controls for mobile gaming, and we’re excited that the Kishi V2 now optimizes that experience,” says Razer’s Head of Mobile & Console Division Richard Hashim.
The design of the Kishi V2
Optimized was also the design of the mobile controller Kishi V2. The central part, in which the smartphone rests, has been redesigned. It is now particularly stable and also offers universal smartphone compatibility. The Kishi V2 has also been designed for maximum compatibility and works with current and upcoming Samsung and Google Pixel smartphones coming out this year.
Overall, the Razer mobile controller brings it to a width of 220 mm, a height of 47 mm, and a depth of 117 mm. The weight is 284 grams, while the connection is made via USB Type-C. Thanks to passthrough function, the device can be charged directly while playing games.
The basic requirement for use is Android version 9.0 or later, as well as a compatible smartphone. The following Android devices are currently compatible with the Razer Kishi V2, as of release:
- Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2
- Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ / S9 / S9+ / S10 / S10+ / S20 series / S21 series / Note 8 / Note 9 / Note 10 / Note 10+
- Google Pixel 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
- and many more
Razer Nexus app launches
At the same time as the Kishi V2 also launches the matching companion app for Android. The Razer Nexus app launches with the press of a designated button and provides quick access to installed games, YouTube or Facebook streaming features, a library of compatible games, and controller settings.
Razer Kishi V2 Release and Price
The Razer Kishi V2 mobile controller for Android is available now on Razer.com, as well as at select retailers. The manufacturer’s MSRP is 119.99 euros. The corresponding iPhone model is expected to follow in the fall of 2022, presumably as part of the release of the iPhone 14 lineup. More information can be found on the manufacturer’s website.