Do you remember when Razer announced a sleek sliding gamepad for your iPhone, called the Junglecat? I don't bet, considering how the company put that idea into practice without ever releasing it to the world. But today it is again launching a $ 100 mobile game pad called the Junglecat – this time reincarnated as a set of two Nintendo Joy-Con-like game pads that snap into place on both sides of your handset.
The catch is that you have to put your phone in a specific case to make that trick work, and Razer only has four cases to start: the Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus in the US, or the Exchange Note 9 for a Huawei P30 Pro case in the rest of the world.
Otherwise, connect the two pads together with a bridge and use them at a distance from your phone or PC, such as here:
Is it coming to other phones? "We will continue to evaluate the needs of interested customers and address them accordingly," says a Razer representative The edge, explaining that the company gave priority to phones with large screens and game-oriented specifications that were sold in high volumes for this release.
Although Razer promises the "immediate response with a reliable, low latency connection to your smartphone", you should probably know that the connection that Razer is talking about is standard Bluetooth Low Energy. Unlike the Joy-Cons from Nintendo and a handful of other external controllers, there is no physical connection to your handset and it seems that you may need to charge them separately via USB-C.
That said, Razer says they will deliver more than 100 hours of gaming for a fee, which is quite a bit, and lets you adjust buttons and even change the sensitivity on its large, Switch-like joysticks, as well as providing native support for many spell. If you're interested, you can find the new Junglecat here.
PS If you think that the industrial design looks a lot like a Gamevice, you are not the only one. That's what I thought, which reminded me to find out what happened when Gamevice sued Nintendo for the design of his Joy-Cons. Turns out that was the case voluntarily fired. So now you know.
Razer today also announced its first truly wireless earbuds.