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Razer’s new Kishi mobile controller puts Joy-cons on your phone

Deja-vu?

Hopping on the gaming-on-the-go train, here comes Razer’s “brand new” way to experience mobile gaming! The Razer Kishi is a controller that can – wait for it – SPLIT INTO TWO and attach to the sides of your phone!

The Razer Kishi controller as posted by Razer's Twitter
Look familiar? I wonder why.

I’ve honestly never seen anything like it before. I’m sure neither Nintendo nor Alienware have either for that matter.

Now to be fair, this is still a decent idea for mobile gaming. I mean it makes sense really, and Razer is no stranger to making mobile gaming products either. Just look at their Junglecat controller/modular case. Oh wait… uh okay, this is a little awkward.

Razer's alternative mobile controller
Well well well, what do we have here.

All jokes aside I totally understand the adoption by other companies of the Switch’s controller layout. It was a massive deal when it first came out and people love it. It allows for a great flexibility when gaming. It’s also super convenient and feels familiar to people who have already used various forms of gamepads across other platforms. And realistically, the past decade of handheld gaming devices have all looked really similar anyway. I mean you can’t really get much more variation on the controller-screen design.

Mobile gaming is an every-growing market, and as gamers get serious about mobile gaming they will need the hardware to keep up. The more functional the controller, the more effective they are in the game. With such a familiar design it’s no wonder Razer would make the Kishi the way they did. Seeing as Razer markets themselves toward the serious gamer always looking for an edge, I’m sure the fanboys will eat it up just as well.

It should be noted, that there have been similar controller designs in the past, the G6 by mobile veterans GameSir being a particularly functional example. However, the Kishi is deliberately mimicking the mirrored button layout of the Switch’s Joy-cons. This makes it multiplayer-friendly from the get-go. If this controller design catches fire, mobile game developers are sure to take note.

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Kevin Dewan

Writer for SQUAD, runs after things a lot. Won't BM you to your face. Okay with losing as long as it's funny.
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