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Razer’s second-generation Kishi controller is now available for iPhone

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The second generation mobile game controller is now available for iPhone. As with the Android version, the gamepad costs $100. You can order it via the Razer website.

The biggest change from the first Kishi is the mechanism that holds the two sides together and holds your phone in place. Razer ditched the flexible bridge in favor of a firmer sliding version (similar to the setup used by its rival, Backbone). This makes Kishi V2 compatible with all modern iPhones, namely iPhone 6S and later handsets, as well as both iPhone SE generations. In addition, removing the rubber inserts allows you to keep your phone’s case on when you slide it into place.

Additionally, Razer swapped out the switches and replaced the V1’s diaphragms with the microswitches from the Wolverine V2 console controllers. “This provides benefits in responsiveness, comfort and tactile feedback,” claims Razer. Meanwhile, there is now a Share button on the front and two additional programmable buttons next to the triggers.

Users can set those buttons in the Razer Nexus app. You also need that app to share your gameplay on YouTube or Facebook when you hit the Share button. In addition, you can find supported games through the app, which you can launch with a dedicated gamepad button.

The Kishi V2 works with cloud gaming devices (including Xbox Cloud Gaming and Google Stadia), console remote play apps, and PC and iPhone games that support MFi controllers. There’s a Lightning port for pass-through charging, but unfortunately no 3.5mm headphone jack.

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