Razer introduces the Junglecat iOS game controller

By Justin Duino on 13 Jun 2014 10:49 am
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Razer, known for their incredibly well designed and made gaming hardware, has announced that they are entering the mobile gaming market with their newest product: the Razer Junglecat. The Junglecat is a slide out gaming controller that also doubles as a case for your iPhone 5 or 5S. The controller measures in at a mere 18mm which slightly doubles the thickness of your phone but also comes packed with everything needed for your favorite games on iOS.

When you want to use the Junglecat, you just have to pop open a top piece and slide your iPhone into the case until the Lightning connector is connected to your phone. On the slide out controller you get access to a D-pad, ABXY buttons, and two trigger buttons located on the top left and right corners of the controller. The benefit of having a physical controller compared to just tapping on your iPhone's screen is that you have the ability to respond quicker to in-game scenarios thanks to the physical buttons and so that you have your phone's entire screen to enjoy every detail the developer added into the game.

Razer Junglecat

In addition to the Junglecat controller, Razer created a companion application so that users could get the best experience out of their new purchase. Inside of the iOS app you can find every application that has been developed to work properly with the controller or any other gaming controller on the market. Additionally, the user has the ability to create 20 different profiles on how they would like the different on-screen controls to be mapped to the Junglecat's hardware buttons.

So that the controller does not have to be taken off the moment you are done gaming, Razer has made it so that all of the iPhone's ports and buttons are accessible with the control still attached. The one exception to this rule is of course the Lightning port that is used to connect the Junglecat to your iOS device. It does look like there is a micro-USB slot on the bottom of the controller that could be used to charge the phone.

The Razer Junglecat will be going on sale in black and white variations for $99.99 and will ship worldwide in July. You can visit the official Razer Junglecat website to find out more about the controller and sign up to be one of the first people to get your hands on it.

Reader comments

Razer introduces the Junglecat iOS game controller

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tough sell with a new iphone on the horizon, but i imagine they will be making controller the fits both.

Meh, I can see why it's iPhone only. But that still makes it a meh. I'd of thought most of razers established customer base would favour Android over iOS, but that may be personal bias.

Also, don't watch the video. If you do you won't learn anything, but you will regret it.

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As an Android user I wish Razer had created a model so that I could use the Junglecat but I understand why they went iPhone only. Since they wanted a direct connection and not just a bluetooth link, they had to make sure everything fit snuggly and that the connector would work properly. With Android, you have to worry about different screen size, thickness of phones, and the orientation of the micro-USB port. It just isn't possible to create one controller to fit all of the Android devices on the market and make the controller double as an enclosure to the phone.