With the Cache mobile controller launched in mid-2020, the Razr succeeded in converting phones into Sido-Nintendo Switch consoles. It offers a smart design that sandwiches your phone between two controllers. Not to mention, it was a very comfortable, console-like way to play mobile games, apart from cloud streaming services like xCloud, Stadia and much more. Now, with the $ 99 Kishi V2, it looks like Razer’s goal was to get a foothold in a competition that made it perform well on the first try: backbone.
This surprise from a company started after Kishi launched an even more powerful mobile controller for the iPhone, the $ 99 Beacon One. It features a simple, comfortable design, great functionality, and an interface that just feels embarrassing from a complete console operating system. This turned playing on the phone into a more enjoyable experience, weakening the cache value proposition and making it much less interesting by comparison.
So, with the Kishi V2, Razer decided to drop his first-gen design for a bit. a lot Similar to the backbone one. There isn’t much that Riser can take much credit for. The V2 has a minimalist design similar to the backbone and has the same bridge-to-extension mechanism to allow you to slot your phone into this split controller configuration. The capture button in the game is on the right hand side with the options button on the right, and there’s a new button that takes you to your spin on the game dashboard called Nexus – yes – to. It is not necessary that you use it, but it is available.
Here are some key benefits of having a Cache V2 backbone controller. The great thing is that Cache V2 is built for Android. The iOS version also comes later in 2022. Beacon (disappointingly) has not set up its controller version with USB-C, unless you calculate that customers of this paid service can connect it to an electronic device with an Android device. USB-C cable. If you play mobile games with complex control schemes, the new Razer model offers two additional programmable shoulder buttons – one on each side. It can be rebuilt in the Nexus app.
And while the backbone design has reached its limits with the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s large camera deck (it offers free 3D printed adapters to work with), the Cache V2 is compatible with Android phones and their various camera bump dimensions. Includes adjustable rubber inserts to expand compatibility. – Even those in low cases. The full list of supported phones includes both Riser phones; Samsung Galaxy S8 via S22 Galaxy Note 8 to 20 Google Pixel 2 to 6 And “many more Android devices.” It supports devices up to 11.5mm thick, including the camera deck – I was surprised I had to get my Pixel 6 out of this thin (and yellow) official Google case to fit it.
Overall, the cache V2’s fit and finish are fine, but its new features – both in the Nexus app and those physically present in the controller – are less comprehensive and polished than those in the Beacon One.
On the Nexus, which failed to get started with more than half of my button press attempts, you’ll see a useless dashboard that can serve as a game launcher for anyone you install. Downloading through the app highlights the game offerings in each genre, which either indicates how bad the game selection on Android is compared to iOS or how bad the razor is in their configuration. As a game search tool, I would say the Nexus is probably a bit worse than searching in the Google Play Store, which is less than the Star experience already.
In the app, you can start live streaming via YouTube or Facebook Live. If you want to take a screenshot or video, you can do so with the button dedicated to these functions on the right. However, there is a severe lack of on-screen or hepatic feedback throughout, especially with screen or video capture. For example, after pressing the screenshot button or capturing it to capture video, I don’t know if the command is recorded until I open my Google Photos library. A simple on-screen notification (the cast image appears in the Android notification item bar when the screen is recorded, but it’s easy to lose) or a sub-vibration can do the trick. These are small items like this, which Beacon got right two years ago, making it frustrating to use the Cache V2.
Razer turned its front button into the same hard, mechanical switches found in its Wolverine V2 controller. And while I liked them in the big controller, I don’t like that they feel more here than I expected. The journey is short, and the click is very precise and requires so little power that if I press a button down during an intense game, it does not give me enough feedback to notify me if I have pressed. It almost reminds me of using Apple’s scary butterfly keyboard switch with the dust captured in it.
The Cache V2 offers USB-C past charging, so you can keep your phone charged by connecting the cable to the left side under this grip, just like the previous version. I think I might have been on the lesser side of the reviewer to create a bad smell about it, but I really wish the Riser would have made it to hear the wire in the 3.5mm jack. The Audio League, sadly, is still an area where Android is inexplicably behind Apple, and it’s weird that the razor isn’t included, especially since it’s backbone.
The Cache V2 feels like a tool created to prove that the Razr won’t take it from the new future to the gaming space. It took a surprisingly long time to spread my reaction, which is good. Forget about BackBone One for a second, the cache V2’s well-designed and thought-provoking features make it one of the best plugins and Go mobile controllers for Android users. But in its current state, what little makes the Cache V2 special doesn’t overshadow how good the first-generation Beacon product is still.
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