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.
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.
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.