Razer’s Kishi mobile gaming controller goes on sale in early 2020

Mobile gaming has really taken off in the past 18-months, helped along by the release of games such as PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, and most recently, Call of Duty Mobile. While the games mentioned are optimized for use with touchscreens, Razer has just announced an updated version of its Razer Phone 2 oriented JungleCat controller called the Kishi, which is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.

This cloud-compatible Kishi supports low-latency gameplay, and sports clickable analog controls and thumbsticks on both sides of the phone, along with a X/Y/A/B button configuration on the right-hand-side. The Kishi connects to the phone via USB-C or Apple Lightning port and supports pass-through charging so the phone can charge during gameplay. There is support for most Android or iOS games that are compatible with mobile controllers, including native titles and cloud services, which might mean xCloud and Stadia. Handsets need to be running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher and iOS devices as far back as the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

“Razer is excited to strengthen its collaboration with NVIDIA by joining their GeForce NOW Recommended program,” said Jason Schwartz, Head of Mobile Gaming at Razer. “GeForce NOW is PC gaming in the cloud, transforming underpowered or incompatible hardware into a powerful GeForce gaming PC. Razer mobile gaming controllers are perfect complementary devices to enhance this type of gameplay which we are pleased to feature here at the Razer CES booth.”

Razer says that the Kishi will go on sale in early 2020 and is expected to be similarly priced to the Junglecat which costs $100. Don’t forget to check the rest of our CES 2020 coverage!

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