Razer made a $100 controller that lets you use your phone like a Nintendo Switch, but the best feature only works with certain devices
- The Razer Junglecat is a $99 wireless controller that can turn an Android phone into a portable video game console.
- The Junglecat functions as a standard controller for PC computers and Android, but you can use the included case to split the Junglecat and attach the controls to the sides of your phone.
- The Junglecat case works with the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Note 9, and the Huawei Mate P30 Pro.
- The hybrid controller is clearly influenced by the massively popular Nintendo Switch, and it's looking to reach a growing group of gamers playing on mobile devices.
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Razer is looking to bring Nintendo Switch-style controls to Android phones and computers with a new $99 controller.The new controller, called the Razer Junglecat, includes a pair of left and right wireless controllers that connect via Bluetooth. They can be used separately or together, and will work with games and apps that feature native controller support. Razer also has a Gamepad App that lets players customize the controls for specific apps if necessary.Advertisement
Unfortunately, the Junglecat only connects to Android phones and PC computers for now - iPhones and other Apple devices have stricter approvals for Bluetooth devices. The Junglecat package includes cases for three specific phones that will let the left and right side Junglecat controls slide onto the sides of your device.
The controller is available to buy on Razer's official site and through other online retailers.A growing number of gamers are playing titles with controller support on their phones, and it appears that Razer is looking to capitalize on that. Wildly popular games like "Fortnite" already support controllers on mobile, and companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are all in the process of launching new mobile gaming platforms with controller support in mind.
For people already dedicated to gaming on their phones, the Junglecat is a quality controller that offers some convenience, though in comparison to the Nintendo Switch, its certainly rough around the edges.Here's a closer look at how it works. Advertisement
Razer's Junglecat Controller can be used in its compact form, or you can separate the left and right sides to attach them to the Junglecat case.
The case works with four phones: the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Razer Phone 2, and the Huawei P30 Pro.Advertisement
Games and apps with native controller support connected to the Junglecat automatically.
Carrying the controller around is easy enough, and the case adds a minimal amount of size to your phone. You can use it with PC games, too.Advertisement
If you do have the right phone and are already an avid mobile gamer, the Junglecat does feel like a more practical option than carrying around a phone clip and controller setup.
The portability and modular design of the $99 Razer Junglecat are impressive, but the limited number of compatible phones limits its long-term value.Advertisement
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