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Razer Kishi V2 Launches: Here’s the Information You Need

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TL;DR

  • The Razer Kishi V2 is the official successor to the 2020 original.
  • It keeps the same overall design but adds new features. There is also a new companion app.
  • It starts at $99 and is available today.

In 2020 Razer launched the Kishi. This smartphone game controller quickly became one of the top-rated controllers on the market and is a must for all types of mobile gamers. Now Razer is finally launching the follow-up.

However, Razer has introduced a few new features to the controller, including new programmable buttons. There is also an accompanying app experience and the overall design and feel of the controller is slightly different.

Read more about the new Kishi below and stay tuned for our full review!

Razer Kishi V2: What’s New?

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As with the original, the Kishi V2 does not support Bluetooth and has no individual power needs. It draws power from your smartphone when connected to the USB-C holder in the center of the controller. There’s a USB-C port on the controller to power your phone while you play, but the Kishi V2 doesn’t require charging.

The overall design of the controller has been updated. Razer subtly changed the shape of the grips and the placement of buttons. The company says this was an attempt to make the Kishi V2 feel like a “regular” controller and be comfortable to hold and use for longer sessions.

The Razer Kishi V2 has some new buttons, a new look and a new companion app.

Speaking of buttons, there are a few new ones here. First, there are two new M1/M2 multifunction buttons that didn’t appear on the original Kishi. These buttons sit next to the traditional R1/L1 bumpers on the top of the controller. You can program these buttons to work in different ways or ignore them completely.

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To program those new buttons, you need the Razer Nexus app. This new app allows you to customize and update the controller while acting as a hub for your mobile gaming needs. For example, it will manage games available on the Google Play Store and highlight those that have controller support. The new share button (bottom right grip) works specifically with the Nexus app. You can use this to quickly start a live stream, take screenshots, and more.

Finally, the Razer Kishi V2 is better suited to large phones and phones in protective cases. This should increase compatibility. So if you disapproved of the previous Kishi because it didn’t work with your phone/case, the sequel might be worth checking out.

Razer Kishi V2: Price and Availability

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The Razer Kishi V2 starts at $99, which is $20 more expensive than the original Android model. However, Razer launched other versions of the original Kishi — like those for iPhones and those specifically for Xbox game streaming — for the same price of $99, so this isn’t entirely unexpected. So far, there is no word on an iOS supported model of the Kishi V2.

You can grab the new Kishi V2 starting today. Visit Razer’s site or click the button below to get started.

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Razer Kishi V2

The 2022 version of the original Kishi is a new take on the proven formula.

The original Razer Kishi is one of the most popular mobile game controllers on the market. The Razer Kishi V2 improves upon that formula with new buttons, a new app, and a subtly improved design.

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