Today Razer announced a two-part game controller called the Junglecat that sticks to the left and right sides of your phone, which gives the finished device a Nintendo Switch appearance. Junglecat offers players a distraction-free gaming experience by eliminating the need to use fingers to control screen action. However, when used as intended, it is only limited to four smartphone models, as it requires the abandonment of your personal phone case.
As expected on a modern Android game controller, the Junglecat comes with all the controls you need: a double analog key, bumper buttons on each side, a 4-way directional pad and four additional buttons. To play games on your smartphone with the Nintendo Switch style, you must first place your phone inside the Junglecat case, then slide the left and right sides of the controller. It looks like this fully assembled:
With all of the off-screen gameplay controls on the controller, your focus on the game becomes easier without your fingers getting in the way.
Razer will manufacture compatible phone cases for four smartphone models: Razer Phone 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy S10 + and Huawei P30 Pro. The company provided a statement to the staff that these models were originally chosen because it gives priority to phones with large screens and game-oriented specifications that have sold in large quantities. Even if you don't have one of these phones, you can still use Junglecat as a standalone controller by combining its left and right components and keeping it as follows:
Whatever the mode of use, Junglecat connects to the telephone via a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. Even in the absence of a physical cable connection to the Junglecat, Razer says latency will not be a problem for first-person shooters and combat games.
In terms of game compatibility, Razer provides a list on its site, with support for more titles to come. Razer has also made available the Razer Gamepad app on the Play Store, which automatically configures the joystick with predefined profiles for supported games, with the ability to create your own custom button mappings.
The battery life is estimated at over 100 hours and Junglecat uses a USB-C port for charging. The Razer Junglecat is available to order now on the Razer website for $ 99.99.