How to use Razer Kishi with Project xCloud and Game Pass Ultimate

Razer Kishi Project xCloud
Razer Kishi Project xCloud (Image credit: Windows Central)

Razer Kishi Project xCloud

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Wondering how to use the Razer Kishi with XCloud, now that the service is available for all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers? With the invite-only xCloud beta a thing of the past, all Xbox gamers can access over 100 Game Pass titles starting Sept. 15 on any Android device — and the Kishi is the perfect controller to play them. It basically turns your phone into a Nintendo Switch, snapping two controller ends to almost any Android phone. And as you'll see with the steps below, playing Game Pass games on your Kishi is completely straightforward.

Superlative streamed gaming

Signing up for Game Pass Ultimate

Figuring out how to use the Razer Kishi with xCloud can be a bit tricky. Do you need the Xbox app, the Xbox Game Pass app, the Game Pass (Beta) app, or the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app? We're here to clear up any confusion.

To stream Game Pass titles, you need a Game Pass Ultimate membership. Before you commit to upgrading your Xbox Live Gold or standard Game Pass to Ultimate, make sure your Android mobile device, your router, and your mobile data plan have the specs to handle cloud gaming. You'll need

  • A compatible smartphone running Android version 6.0 or greater, with Bluetooth version 4.0+ enabled. Most Kishi-compatible phones will hit the requirements, but it doesn't hurt to check your phone settings.
  • A high-speed internet connection or mobile data plan. Microsoft suggests either 5GHz Wi-Fi or 10Mbps mobile data connection.

With those in hand, proceed with the following steps:

  1. If for some reason you don't already have one, create a Microsoft account.
  2. Then, sign up for Game Pass Ultimate. You can get the first month for $1, followed by $14.99 per month.
    • For the best price on Ultimate, you should use the Xbox Live Gold loophole. You can purchase three years of Gold upfront for $180, then upgrade your three years of Gold to Ultimate instantly for just $1. This workaround is a huge money-saver for your Ultimate streaming.
  3. Download the Xbox Game Pass app on the Google Play store or the Samsung Galaxy Store.
    • Don't bother with the other Beta or Preview apps. They enabled streaming in the past, but now you'll get the most up-to-date streaming experience with the main Game Pass app.
  4. Sign into your Xbox Live account in the app.

You now have access to 100+ Game Pass titles on your phone!

Using Razer Kishi with Project xCloud

Once you're signed up for Game Pass Ultimate, using your Razer Kishi for Game Pass streaming is as simple as plugging it into your phone. Razer designed its controller to be compatible with both Xbox Game Streaming and Project xCloud, and to work with any device without need of drivers or an app.

  1. Slide your smartphone's USB-C port onto the USB-C connector on the Razer Kishi.
  2. Pull out the left half of the Kishi so your phone can slot inside of it. A blue light indicator should turn on if you've successfully inserted your phone.
  3. Open the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app. The app should automatically detect the connected Kishi.
  4. Choose a game to stream to your phone, and start playing!

Kishi kills the competition

You can use a variety of Bluetooth-enabled controllers for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but the fact is that Bluetooth connectivity inevitably generates latency, which a wired USB-C connection eliminates for more responsive controls. Plus, as the Kishi runs on your phone's battery, you'll never need to charge your controller separately or burn through dozens of AA batteries. Add in its universal design for most Android phones, turning all of them into a mobile console, and it's easy to see why Razer Kishi is an excellent choice for Project xCloud and other streaming-based services like Stadia and GeForce Now.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, Android Central

Michael is the Senior Editor of VR and fitness tech at sister-site Android Central, but happily lends his help to the Windows Central team for games coverage.