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Razer announces Nintendo Switch-like controllers for mobile and desktop play

By Tim Augustin - on 30 Oct 2019, 5:37pm

Razer announces Nintendo Switch-like controllers for mobile and desktop play

Razer has just announced their brand-new controller - the Razer Junglecat. This is a dual-sided gaming controller designed for both mobile and desktop play. It also looks a little… familiar. 

These controllers essentially function as Joy-Cons, giving your phones a Nintendo Switch-like redo. For mobile play, you can attach the controllers to a smartphone case included and play on the go. You can also pair the controllers with compatible Windows PCs for desktop play. 

Unfortunately, the smartphone case used to attach both controllers are only available for four phones to begin with; the Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in the US, and the Razer Phone 2, Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for the rest of the world. Don’t worry, though - you can still just attach the controllers to a controller grip and use it that way, if you don’t own those particular phones. 

These controllers connect to devices via Bluetooth with a ‘low latency response’, which should be music to the ears of phone gamers who want as little input lag as possible. The Junglecat also has 100+ hours of use on a single charge, so you could theoretically take it on some pretty long trips without worrying about carrying a charger around. 

The Junglecat can be used on Windows (Windows 8.1 or higher) and Android devices (Android 7.0 Nougat or higher), but not on iOS devices. The controller is priced at US$99.99 (around S$136) - a little bit pricey, but competitive mobile players might find it tempting anyway.