What you need to know
- Razer launched the Junglecat, a new mobile gaming controller.
- The Junglecat can be used like a traditional gamepad, or attached to a phone case for a select set of Android phones.
- You can buy the Junglecat now for $100 at Razer (opens in new tab).
Razer today launched the Junglecat, its take on a mobile gaming controller for your phone. And if you're familiar with the Nintendo Switchs Joy-Cons, the Junglecat will look very familiar.
The Razer Junglecat is compatible with both Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Windows PCs. The controller can work in two modes: as a traditional controller or attached to a special phone case.
When used as a traditional controller, the two sides of the Junglecat remain attached to a central piece that makes them look a lot like the Switch's gamepad. You can remove either one or both sides of the controller to attach them to an included phone case, turning your phone into a handheld game console on the fly.
The included cases for the Junglecat are limited to the Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Samsung Galaxy S10+ in the U.S. In the rest of the world, the cases cover the Razer Phone 2, Huawei P30 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S10+.
The Junglecat connects to phones and PCs over Bluetooth and charge up to 100 hours of use over USB-C. You'll find everything you'd expect from a normal game controller here, including twin analof sticks, bumpers, a d-pad, and four action buttons. There's also a dedicated Razer Gamepad app on Android, which lets you tweak button mappings, thumbstick sensitivity, and more.
Update November 5, 2019: Turns out that the Junglecat is already compatible with the Project xCloud game streaming preview for Xbox, for those taking part. Pretty neat!
The Razer Junglecat is available today for $100 (opens in new tab).
The Razer Junglecat is a mobile gaming controller that essentially turns your phone into a Switch.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to email@example.com.
Gamevice did this before both of them. I always said they were too early to the party.
Good try but they screwed up the right side controller
This looks so much like joy-cons it’s actually funny, down to the unique pattern on top of the joysticks. Very disappointing its full potential can only be used with a small selection of phones though, I don’t see why they couldn’t figure out a universal mechanism to attach the two controllers to virtually any phone.
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