Other features include a pass-through USB-C port for charging your phone while docked and grills on the right side of the controller to siphon in-game audio from your phone’s speakers (as long as they are of the bottom-firing variety).

It’s worth noting that Razer’s standard Kishi without Xbox branding costs $80, so $20 less than the officially licensed one announced today. ADD TO CART ADD TO CART. As it turns out, the answer was “yes.” After a long initial load time and a brief save-sync, I was able to pick up right where I left off on the Xbox and PC, slaying Orcs and collecting powerful equipment.

Because it connects directly via USB-C it also doesn’t suffer from input latency issues you might find using a Bluetooth controller. For die-hard Xbox fans, though, this is as close as you’re getting to a true Xbox handheld console right now. I used a Google Pixel 3a to test the Kishi, and the phone worked well from both physical and software standpoints.

This special edition Razer Kishi is the best way to play Xbox games on mobile. The Razer Kishi is the perfect accessory for Xbox games on Android.

Bring your A-game anytime, anywhere. ©2020 Android Authority | All Rights Reserved. The familiar View and Menu buttons are here, too, flanking the left and right sides of your phone when it’s inserted. From there, you can play any Android game that requires a controller.

You slot your phone into the right side via USB-C and slide the top of your device into the left controller with the D-pad and left thumbstick. Since the Razer Kishi is primarily an Xbox accessory, I put it to the test with the Xbox Game Pass (beta) and Xbox (beta) apps on Android. The former lets you stream Xbox Game Pass titles directly from the cloud to an Android phone; the latter lets you stream your own Xbox One content to an Android phone. This makes switching among three totally different platforms a seamless experience.

Tom's Guide is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher.

The Razer Kishi Xbox edition follows the exact overall design as the regular Kishi controller. Please refresh the page and try again. You undo two clasps on the back of the Kishi, pull back a plastic plate, and extend the mount. In an even more minor tweak, the A and B buttons have also color swapped to green and red, respectively, once again to resemble an Xbox controller. However, Razer has made some minor aesthetic and functionality tweaks to the Xbox version.

This mobile accessory could turn just about any smartphone into a handheld gaming device, reminiscent of a Nintendo Switch. A weird oversight, but not a big deal.

Does it offer any extra functionality for Xbox players? Razer lists compatible phones on its website, but it should work as long as your device fits the dimensions below and runs Android Oreo or above: The one exception is the Asus ROG Phone series, including the recently released ROG Phone 3. Introducing a universal mobile gaming controller that fits most smartphone devices, designed to bring console-level control to your on-the-go gaming.

The Razer Kishi for Android (Xbox) is one of three Kishi variations. The only other difference worth noting here is that purchase of the new Kishi comes with a 14-day trial to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, so you can try out xCloud if you like.

As well as the clickable twin thumbsticks and D-pad, the Kishi Xbox edition has four face buttons (A, B, X, Y) and three custom Xbox buttons that mirror a regular Xbox One or Xbox Series X controller. The Kishi also works fine with other cloud gaming apps, so Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now and even PS4 Remote Play are all viable options.

Where the Kishi distinguishes itself from most other Android controllers is that the buttons are in an official Xbox configuration, from the color and placement of the A, B, X and Y buttons, to the menu button on the right and the guide button on the left.

See our ethics statement. We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices. Let’s talk about those. What do you think of the Razer Kishi Xbox edition?

While you could theoretically use the Xbox Game Pass (beta) app with any Android-compatible controller (including the Xbox One Wireless Controller itself), the Kishi essentially turns your phone into an ersatz Nintendo Switch. Razer Kishi for Android (Xbox) 59. (The Xbox button is off to the side rather than dead-center, since your phone occupies the Kishi’s central space.). What you get is essentially a Nintendo Switch-like handheld console using your phone, albeit on a slightly larger scale (if you have a large handset) and without detachable controllers.

Even the PS4’s DualShock 4 will get official support when xCloud launches, and you can find one of those for $50 or less. LG OLED rollable TV price revealed — and it's shockingly high, New UK-Japan trade agreement could be disaster for data protection, Fitbit Black Friday deal is amazingly cheap $69 — lowest price ever, The new MacBook Air M1 makes the MacBook Pro look irrelevant. (Razer’s iOS version is still on track for a summer release). The original Kishi also had three extra buttons, but the ones on the Xbox version take on the logo and features of the Xbox Nexus, View, and Menu buttons. This time around, I tried out Blasphemous: an excellent, brutally difficult Metroidvania where observing small enemy movements is key, and you’re usually one false move away from dying. That’s offset slightly by a free 14-day subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which gives you access to a library of over 100 games ready to stream through xCloud. Make your move with the Razer Kishi for Android featuring a flexible design that allows for seamless compatibility with most Android devices. You will receive a verification email shortly. I had my TV on in the background, just to see what kind of input lag was present, and the two screens moved almost in unison.

Related: Best bluetooth gaming controllers for Android, PC, and more! If you’re a regular at Android Authority, you may remember we reviewed the Kishi earlier this year where we dubbed it “the ultimate smartphone controller.” Now, Razer and Microsoft have teamed up to release a new version of the Kishi specifically tailored for Xbox players who want the best possible experience when xCloud launches in September. There are two clickable analog sticks, a D-pad (which is a little squishy for my tastes, but not bad otherwise) and four face buttons. The Xbox Kishi is only compatible with Android phones, but the non-Xbox model is also available in a variant with a Lightning plug instead of USB-C, for use with iPhones.

And while there’s no denying that the $100 Kishi is extremely expensive, as mobile controllers go, it’s also essentially the perfect version of what it wants to be. Get instant access to breaking news, the hottest reviews, great deals and helpful tips.

In this instance, I think the Kishi shows off exactly what’s so wonderful about the burgeoning Xbox ecosystem.

Related: Best games with gamepad support for Android. When not in use, the Kishi clips back together so you can throw it in your bag for later.

The pressure, combined with rubber padding, keeps your phone locked in place during play.

I’ve played Shadow of War on the Xbox; I’ve played it on the PC; now, I’ve even played it on my phone.

And despite the price difference, Razer confirmed the standard model will also work with xCloud. Simply stretch and clamp on to your device to provide a secure hold to a variety of phones and tablets.

But if you can get over those minor differences, you might be able to save some money. Comfortable ergonomics I Universal fit I 14-day trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate .

Despite looking flimsy, it has a comfortable build that doesn’t feel like much of a compromise when compared to Microsoft’s own wireless controller.

The cloud service launches on September 15th, but this controller releases today for $99.99.

There was a problem. The all-black color scheme and overall design is almost identical no matter which version of the Kishi you buy. New York,

Now, Razer has released an Xbox-optimized version of the Kishi peripheral, complete with an Xbox controller layout and guide buttons. In every case, the software scales to the platform in terms of graphics and performance, and the controls are always identical. The Razer Kishi for Android (Xbox) is a straightforward, lightweight controller attachment that works with a variety of apps on just about any Android phone.

By connecting directly to your device, the Razer Kishi allows for latency free game play eliminating any potential lag. Since the Razer Kishi is primarily an Xbox accessory, I put it to the test with the Xbox Game Pass (beta) and Xbox (beta) apps on Android. In the Xbox Game Pass app, I tried an interesting experiment.

Of course, this is the Xbox edition, so you’d expect some Xbox-flavored additions. The Kishi works without any additional setup, and if the mounting process takes more than 30 seconds something has gone horribly wrong.

If you want the very best way to play Xbox games on mobile, then yes, absolutely. The Razer Kishi was one of the most interesting devices we saw way back at CES 2020. But this new version has a dedicated Xbox button near the directional pad. While you can still access these features on the regular Kishi, the integrated buttons are a more intuitive way of playing Xbox games to mobile via xCloud.

Arguably not, as despite the branding there’s nothing here that the standard Razer Kishi can’t do either with a bit of button remapping. The former lets you stream Xbox …

That’s it. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll just call it the Kishi here, but if you’re so inclined, you can get no-frills iOS or Android versions without the Xbox paraphernalia. This is because Asus has positioned the USB-C port to the side of the phone, which doesn’t line up with the central port on either the regular Razer Kishi or Kishi Xbox model.

Receive news and offers from our other brands?

Play over 100 high-quality games on your Android phone or tablet from the cloud, Xbox console, or PC.

Thanks to two recent Xbox app updates on Android, the Kishi is a more valuable accessory than ever, and speaks well of Razer, Android and Xbox, all at once.

Here’s a short list of what might drive you crazy about the Kishi, and Xbox game streaming in general: Still, I wound up liking the Kishi much more than I expected to, even if I think it’s a little tough to justify a $100 price tag.

Microsoft has announced a bunch of mobile controllers designed for Xbox, and while the Kishi is the most expensive option, it’s also the most innovative. Thank you for signing up to Tom's Guide.