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Razer Kishi vs Gamesir X2 – The Best Controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming?

Razer Kishi Vs Gamesir X2

With Xbox Cloud Gaming fast becoming a mainstream service and not just another trend, Mobile gaming controllers are fighting tooth and nail to be your preferred choice when it comes to gaming on the go, and boy is there a lot to choose from with brands like Razer, iPega, and PowerA all throwing their hats into the ring.

The two that stand out the most to me have to be the Kishi mobile gaming controller from Razer and the Gamesir X2. While only one of these is specifically designed to be a portable replacement for your standard Xbox controller, both of them fit into the category of direct connection and telescopic design.

But in this realm, there can only be one controller to rule them all or, at least, be the controller you rely on when you’re on the move. That’s why today, we’re taking a look at which controller is the best for me as I take my mobile gaming experience to the next level.

Both have caught my attention over the last few months with features that set them apart from some of the controllers I’ve used before and both seem up to the challenge in terms of functionality. So, without further ado, here’s my comparison of the Razer Kishi vs Gamesir X2.





Razer Kishi


Product: Mobile Gaming Controller

Brand: Razer

Model: Kishi for Xbox

Price: $99.99

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Amazon Rating:

Gamesir X2


Product: Mobile Gaming Controller

Brand: Gamesir

Model: X2

Price: $69.99

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Amazon Rating:


One of the most appealing factors for any mobile gaming controller has to be the portability factor. I mean, what’s the point of having a controller for gaming on the go when you struggle to carry it with you. It defeats the entire purpose of mobile gaming and, ultimately, it’s a major factor in any controller’s design.

Needless to say, the Razer Kishi comes out on top with its telescopic design. When not in use, it compacts to almost half its size and can easily be slipped into a backpack or even a back pocket. This takes the portability factor through the roof since you’ll never be too pressed for space with the Kishi.

While the Gamesir X2 isn’t the widest controller, its length when in a ‘closed’ state is much longer than the Kishi and you’ll probably need a bag or protective case to take it with you. It’s less on-the-go and more in-my-house than I would prefer and that’s why the Kishi comes out on top.


Device Size

With the abundance of Android smartphones and tablets that are on the market, it can be a challenge trying to design a telescopic controller that can cater to devices of all shapes and sizes. The concern is even greater for consumers since you don’t want to end up with a controller that you’re unable to use because your device doesn’t fit.

The Gamesir X2 can take any device up to 6.5″ inches in length and has virtually no restriction on the width you need for your device. As long as your smartphone has the USB Type-C connection directly in the center, you should have no problem fitting your device within the X2.

The Kishi, on the other hand, has a very limited width because the edges are so rounded. It looks great as a design aesthetic but ends up being very restrictive the larger your device is. Especially if you try o use the Kishi while a protective case is still on your phone. It’s a big letdown on an otherwise flawless design.




The Action Buttons

The Action Buttons, also known as Face buttons, are the ones marked A, B, X, and Y. As you may already know, these are the main buttons you use to interact with the game. Even if you’re doing nothing but playing Pokémon FireRed on a retro emulator, they’re one of the most important aspects of a controller.

The Kishi does a fantastic job of delivering Action buttons that strongly resemble the buttons you find on a regular Xbox One controller. Not just in size and but layout as well, it’s the closest you can get to physically transplanting the buttons from your console controller to the Kishi.

The X2 does things a little differently with buttons that both look and sound like something that resembles a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con.  This means your A and B, and X and Y buttons are swapped around. The inputs can confuse your muscle memory at first and takes some getting used to if you switch from a standard controller on the console to the X2 for Xbox cloud gaming.


The Analog Sticks

Another essential factor to any controller, without a doubt, has to be the Analog sticks. It doesn’t matter whether you like in an off-set position or completely symmetrical, you’re going to be using them for the vast majority of the games you play on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

This is where the Kishi really shines with analog sticks that strongly resemble the analog sticks on an Xbox controller which my thumbs have become very familiar with. They have the same concave design and are just as wide, making them the perfect fit for my playstyle.

The X2 further emphasizes the fact that its design was heavily inspired by the Nintendo Switch. The sticks have the same convex shape and are a lot closer in size to the analog sticks you find on the Joy-con. When it comes to accuracy and precision, that can be a big letdown since they ultimately have a lower area of rotation.

There Can Only Be One

I’ve used many different controllers over the years for my mobile gaming and these have to be some of the best telescopic controllers I’ve seen in a while. They both look perfect for this new era in gaming and I would be extremely lucky if I could get my hands on both.

Without a doubt, the controller I would go with has to be the Razer Kishi. I’m a big fan of its aesthetic and I have a few devices that should be a perfect fit. The X2 does have its appeal but, when it comes to my personal mobile gaming needs, the Kishi comes out on top.

What do you think of the Razer Kishi and Gamesir X2? Which controller would you choose? Let me know in the comments section below.


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-Stevius Maximus

26 thoughts on “Razer Kishi vs Gamesir X2 – The Best Controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming?”

  1. Paolo says:

    The Razer Kishi is one of the best mobile-first controllers on the market. It has great compatibility and low-latency inputs. I would like to give my 2 cents worth. It won’t work with wired headphones and the connection when cloud gaming can be spotty. But it’s well worth the price tag for enthusiastic mobile gamers.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      That’s True

      Thanks for stopping by, Paolo.

  2. Stratos K says:

    I had a mobile controller for some time but it went bust a few weeks ago and I was in the lookout for a new one. There are literally hundreds out there and it’s not easy to pick one from the crowd. With so many brands and models I can’t make up my mind for one of them. I will definitely add yours to my list as they seem pretty good.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thanks, Stratos.

      Hope you find a good controller

  3. Misael H says:

    I must admit that this is something I had not looked into before. Comparing these two types of controllers has really been an eye-opener for me because I have been doing some research on the Xbox controller alone and I actually ended up running into this article from the research. I really appreciate this information as it has been a real eye-opener for me and for my research

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thanks, Misael.

      I’m glad you found this helpful

  4. LineCowley says:

    Comparing these two XBox cloud gaming controllers has really been very informative and has saved me a lot of time and effort to decide which one will be best for my needs. I agree with you that if you are gaming on the go, you want a lightweight mobile controller to carry around. It is a close race between the Kishi and the Gamesir X2 as they both are good value for money. Thanks for a great comparison. 

    1. StevieMAX says:

      No problem, Lin.

      I’m glad you found this article useful

  5. Sunny says:

    Yes! Thanks! I just got homework from my nephews to find the mobile gaming controller for them. So glad I found your website as you offer such a great choice. They talked about Gamesir X2 as I see in their message they sent to me but you put me in a dilemma now with Razer Kishi. I am not sure what to do. The price is not a problem, it’s just that I don’t know which one to get? What would you recommend? They might say Gamesir because it’s lesser than the other one. 

    1. StevieMAX says:

      I would definitely go for the Razer Kishi. It has more of the qualities I need in a controller and is a lot closer to the regular console controllers that they would be used to.

  6. Andy says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing this. I have been looking into this for a while trying to work out which is the best solution. I know you came down in favor of the Razer Kishi probably because of the high degree of portability. For me, the important feature is the adaptability of working with different size phones since I have two phones and it needs to be compatible with my son’s phone too.  So I will be opting for the Gamersir X2. Great review. Thanks, Andy

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Glad I could be of assistance, Andy! Hope you enjoy the controller you choose.

  7. Kokontala says:

    Hi, I’m pleased to meet you. Gaming is becoming more popular and interesting with digital devices and analog sticks making it more efficient. I have gone through the reviews of Razer Kishi and Gamesir X2 you provided, and for me too, those gaming controllers are superb. Thanks for sharing this amazing information.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you found this article useful

  8. Max says:

    It’s hard to compete with the Razer brand name, and it sounds like that’s the one that comes out on top based on features, convenience, etc. anyway.  They are both very sleek looking though.  With the cloud gaming aspect, I do wonder what the input delay is like for either of these controllers.  Anyway, I’d probably go with the Razer as well.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Glad you found this article useful, Max!

  9. Cogito says:

    Hi Stevie. Thank you for great review. Mobile games are getting more and more popular and recently I was thinking about buying controller to phone. But its not easy to choose good one with so many options on market. But looking on your review, Razer seems a great options. Great design, lot of configuration options and decent price convinced me to test it in practice.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thanks, Cogito. I’m glad you found this article useful. Let me know how you like the controller.

  10. rjkennedy says:

    Although I’m not a video gamer, but my grandkids would tell me it’s all about good quality game controllers. Those which are ‘user’ friendly and not hard to operate. I hear that Xbox controllers are the best on the market. There are many other video gamer rival competitors, but the xbox console has the best quality game system and controllers. 

    1. StevieMAX says:

      That’s very true RJ. Hope this helps you find a good controller

  11. Dave Hayes says:

    I like this site and I seem to keep coming back each week. I have had my eye on a new mobile gaming controller for a while and this is surely going to help make a decision.

    On reading the post I had decided that if I was going to get either, it would be the Razor one, and lo and behold in your summary thats the one you have gone for. So in that respect the post has done its job, so congratulations on that well done and a good rerad. Keep it up

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Glad you found this article useful Dave

  12. Maja says:

    Hello Stivie!! Love your blog. My husband is a fan of videogames and especially Razer brands. I bought him as a Christmas present a Razer computer so he can play better. In fact he prefers to play on his computer, rather than Xbox or Playstation. 

    I don’t know the Gamesir brand, but I am sure my husband would choose Razer. Maybe I can think about giving the Razer controller to him for his birthday. 

    So, thanks for the article. It might be useful. 


    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thanks, Maja.

      Hope your husband enjoys the new controller!

  13. Chaitanya61 says:

    Good Explanation it is useful to the gamers who want to buy game controller. In this article you mainly focused on the two controllers that is Razer kishi and Gamesir x2 .You have mentioned about the prize and size of the devices, about the buttons and Analog sticks . You have shared your experience also .After reading this article I came to know that these are one of the best Game Controllers. Anyhow good explanation keep going like this.

    1. StevieMAX says:

      Thank you, Chaitanya. I’m glad you found this information useful and easy to digest.

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