However, there is a point where touch screens do not work so well: games that use controllers. There are games that are perfect for touch screens, many of them with this input device in mind since the conception of the game itself. For the rest, a good command always provides an experience closer to the world of consoles, than to the mobile world – even if we play on a phone.
Razer Kishi V2, the iPhone is the console
With the iPhone we have practically everything we ask of a good console: power, good battery, a high-quality screen, good sound… all we need is a good controller to fully enjoy our games. Apple understood that this was a need for users, and since iOS 13, it offers support for Xbox and Playstation controls, in addition to those that present their own MFi certification (Made For iPhone).
The accessory proposed by Razer is more practical: it combines the feel of using a real console controller with better portability, so we can carry it in any suitcase, bag or backpack without being as big as any command of the big console brands. East Kishi V2 It is the evolution of a successful first version that turned the iPhone into something very similar – in terms of appearance – to a Switch: side controls and a large central screen, which in this case will be our iPhone.
Razer’s proposal, experts in accessories for video game players, consists of bringing Apple’s phone the sensations of a good video game controller: the experience of a first model has given them the key to the necessary improvements to conquer those who want to play as always, on the phone they have in their pocket.
An experience-focused design
The Kishi V2 It has an expandable format with the left and right control distributed on the sides. It has a bridge that joins the two sides and serves as a base to leave the iPhone, which is compatible from the iPhone 6s (even ipod touches) to the latest iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The removable pads They mean that they can even be used with official Apple covers, without the need to remove the terminal from them.
The box contains the controller itself well protected – it would have been great if Razer had considered adding some carry case to be able to leave it in briefcases and backpacks without fear of it getting damaged. It does not include a charging cable or charger because it does not have a battery: the Kishi V2 connects via Lightning to the iPhone itself and does not need any other type of power.
For long gaming sessions, or when we want to charge it while we are using it, the controller has a Lightning connector on the right base of the Kishi V2. Plugging our usual charging cable in there, the iPhone can be charged at the same time that we use it.
It is very comfortable as it is strategically located: perfectly compatible while we are playing a game and load it at the same time, it does not bother the hand and in any of the movements we make. The load time in my tests is exactly the same as if we had the iPhone directly connected while playing, so it is very well resolved.
Materials and console design
For those who do not know the previous review of the brand, I have to say that the Kishi V1 was a real Razer hit: He won awards at CES 2020, at CES 2021 and already had the Made for iPhone certification in that first model. This V2 improves and simplifies the wingspan to make it a better gaming experience and comfortably transportable.
The grip of this new model, from the first moment, already tells us about the mime Y the quality that Razer has put with this version V2a perfect size to grab the sides and a somewhat rough back to prevent slipping while playing.
Within reach of our fingers, all the buttons, perfectly accessible. The sticks Diagonal analogs are comfortable on the thumbs, so somewhat low profile and medium strengthwith no tendency to drift. The buttons are the true star of this model, and it is the differential value of Razer’s commitment: the buttons are not membrane buttons, but with microswitches.
The feeling is literally console. Somewhat high but with a good surface to find them easily with your fingers. They have the characteristic “click” on contact, and give very good feelings during the game. In addition to the classic X/Y, A/B we also have a good portion of triggers – and hey, real triggers, with their characteristic shape as we can see in the usual console controls.
Above these triggers, a wide L1/R1 and an extra button on each side for this position (the L4/R4) to do even more actions in certain games. The L3/R3 button therefore corresponds to press each of the analog sticks on each side, which can also be used in this way.
A good set of tools for battles, but also a good selection of programmable multifunction buttons: two on the right side and another two on the left, which will act as a “Start” button, contextual or even one of them can be used to share the game by streaming, using the Razer Nexus app.
This app will help us not only to customize certain buttons or share games on the network, but also to find out which games are compatible with the controller – and if we have them downloaded, access them directly in a horizontal interface reminiscent of the Switch. The app is not necessary to use the remote, it is just one more complement: the Razer Kishi V2 can be used without installing anythingsimply connecting it to our iPhone.
In hand it is light, comfortable, with quality buttons and surprising ease of use. Perhaps if we think about game controllers for iPhone before iOS 13, Bluetooth connectivity and low compatibility made us lose the towel. With the Razer Kishi V2 proposal, it is more than evident that the platform is ready to play and the quality of construction and design of this model invite it.
Play on iPhone like never before
With the Razer loan unit, I’ve tried just about every game I can remember – ones I haven’t been back to for a long time, precisely because of the control system. The experience is radically different: the quality of controls, buttons and ease of use sometimes They made me wonder if I was really playing on an iPhone..
All games compatible with controllers from the App Store are compatible with this Kishi V2, by implementing the MFi API for controllers. Even the oldest: I speak of SEGA classics like Golden Axe, Decap Attack (I had it on Megadrive at the time and I almost lost an afternoon just with it), Altered Beast (another of my retro downfalls…)… They work without problems and from minute one with the Kishi V2. And what a way to play, the hard part was to stop doing it. By the way, you have the complete games on the App Store in exchange for an advertisement… if you have something to do, don’t download them, I’ll let you know.
It is also compatible with the latest Nintendo titles, such as Mario Kart for iOS. This title uses the iPhone’s accelerometers for directional control of the Kart, but the action buttons to throw a banana or that deadly red shell at the last moment work perfectly. It is highly recommended to play it with a controller because again, we completely changes the experience of what it’s like to play on an iPhone.
In Apple Arcade there is even a section of “great games with Controller” but practically all of them are compatible. One of the ones that impacted me the most was the new NBA2K22, an authentic graphic madness and a great game with all the letters if you like basketball. With the Kishi V2it is also a joy to play it for comfort thanks to the comfortable combinations of buttons in each game.
I could continue with Contra Returns, Asphalt 9 or Streets of Rage, but I prefer to value something else from a controller like Razer’s proposal: it is a great controller to play streaming games on our iPhone. In fact, the brand has achieved the “Nvidia GeForce Nos Recommended” certification with this Kishi V2, with which we’ll have access to a brutal catalog of fully compatible online games.
I have tried something that if you like to play, you will have at home: a console that allows you to access it remotely to play remotely. I’ve tested with my Playstation 5 and the Razer Kishi V2 even maps contextual buttons in games and menus… in fact, the PS Remote Play app detects the controller as a compatible Playstation controller. doCyberpunk 2077, Elden Ring on an iPhone? Now yes, and with a complete command experience, in a very small space.
The gaming experience on the iPhone goes up a notch
Razer has found an excellent formula with the Kishi V2– Made with quality materials, it’s made for gamers or anyone looking to squeeze their iPhone into a non-touchscreen experience. Minimizing everything that is not that, and focused on the user enjoying their games with a controller like the ones we use on any console.
Also solve the space problem if we want to take a controller to play with our iPhone anywhere: it is light, quite flat and will surely find a place in our next suitcase. By not needing a battery, we forget about charging time, cables and chargers, so we will always have it ready for action: whether we are on the sofa at home or on a plane.
Razer Kishi V2 for iPhone – Game Controller (Universal Fit Extendable Bridge, Ergonomic PC and Console Game Streaming, Powered by the Razer Nexus App), Black (RZ06-04190100-R3M1)
if we look for a high-quality, discreet and easily transportable controller, the Kishi V2 should be one of our first choices. It is on sale for €119.99, in a single black color (the one you see in the photos) to be able to enjoy the iPhone to play, wherever we go. In my case, it has made me rediscover and make the most of my iPhone, to play again.