Razer's new Kishi controller gets ready for xCloud with dedicated Xbox buttons

Razer Kishi Xbox Edition
Razer Kishi Xbox Edition (Image credit: Daniel Rubino | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Razer released a version of its mobile Kishi controller that's customized for xCloud.
  • The controller adds the Xbox Nexus button, along with View and Menu buttons.
  • You can buy the Razer Kishi (Xbox) today for $99.99 at Razer (opens in new tab).

Razer today launched a new version of its Kishi controller for mobile gamers, and it's built with Microsoft's xCloud streaming service in mind. The Razer Kishi Xbox edition looks a lot like the original Kishi, but it adds dedicated buttons that Xbox gamers will already be familiar with. Those include the Xbox Nexus, View, and Menu buttons.

The colors of the face buttons now match those of a standard Xbox controller, which is a nice change. However, other than the new buttons, this new Kishi controller is basically the same as the original. The controller still works over a USB-C connection plugged directly into the phone, and it can adjust to fit most Android phones with USB-C.

One major thing of note with this version of the controller is its price: it costs $20 more than the standard Kishi, landing at $99.99. For the money, you'll also get a 14-day trial to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so you can try xCloud out before dropping money on it.

The Razer Kishi (Xbox) is available now directly from Razer for $99.99. If you want to save a little cash, you can also pick up the original Kishi, which we called "the best way to experience Project xCloud", for $79.99 (opens in new tab).

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  • I've never used the original Kishi controller, but do the buttons do something different on the Xbox controller? Or are they the exact same functionality with a different picture. So, does the Home button on the original bring up the guide like the new one will, or does it do something else and I'd need to use the touch controls to bring up the guide?
  • The buttons do the same things, you just have memorize which does what on the non-Xbox version (with only 3 buttons it's not hard). But the Xbox/Home keys do the same function in xCloud.
  • Hmm very interested, is there a list of available controllers like this or is this the only one so far?
  • I use a standard Xbox one controller with a phone clip. I find it much more comfortable to use.
  • Just ordered it from Microsoft Store here in Germany. Super cool