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Razer Unveils 'Junglecat' Gaming Controller with Slide-Out Design, Companion App

Razer has unveiled its Junglecat iOS gaming controller for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, bringing a number of hardware features that attempt to make games easier and more natural to play on a mobile device.

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The accessory features a slide-out unibody design that contains a Lightning connected upper enclosure for the iPhone, and boasts console-style controls such as a D-Pad, ABXY face buttons, and shoulder bumpers. The Junglecat includes open access to the iPhone's hardware features including the sleep/wake button, volume buttons, home button, headphone jack, and front/rear cameras.

Razer is also shipping a companion app with the Junglecat, allowing users to remap face buttons and adjust sensitivity on the controller. The app will also include a list of games optimized for controller play, as the app's interface displays both purchased apps and featured games.

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It is unknown if Razer's Junglecat is a more final version of the company's "Kazuyo" controller that was leaked earlier this year, however the latter featured a slim hard-shell case design and was rumored to come with full-sized analog sticks. A previous report also indicated that Razer would be shipping a companion app for the Kazuyo as well, perhaps indicating that the company chose a different design for its first iOS controller.

The Razer Junglecat joins a growing market of iOS game controllers, which includes the SteelSeries Stratus, Logitech PowerShell, MOGA Ace Power and Mad Catz’s C.T.R.L.i controller. While all current controllers have attempted to impress consumers with unique designs and buttons, it has been reported that Apple's strict guidelines have hampered product quality.


Currently, an increasing number of games are offering iOS 7 controller support, including titles like 2K Drive, Dead Trigger 2, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The number of iOS games supporting controllers is expected to grow as more accessories become available to consumers.

Razer's Junglecat controller will be available in white and black for $99 when it ships this summer.

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Posted: 13 weeks ago
Why release this now when everyone is waiting for iphone 6? Couldn't be worse timing of a mediocre product
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago
Someone just release a controller that is wireless. You know, so we don't have to buy new ones every time we buy a new iDevice...
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago

Why release this now when everyone is waiting for iphone 6? Couldn't be worse timing of a mediocre product


Mediocre???
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago

Why release this now when everyone is waiting for iphone 6? Couldn't be worse timing of a mediocre product


And it will be obsolete within 3 months


I guess all tech companies should stop support for anything more than 12 months old. It's obsolete!
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago
Nope. I want Dualshock 4 to connect via bluetooth... :(
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago

Someone just release a controller that is wireless. You know, so we don't have to buy new ones every time we buy a new iDevice...


Then you're dealing with batteries and will likely never be certified

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Mediocre???


I haven't tried this but razor makes some of the crappiest overpriced stuff you can find in the PC world
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago
I predict this will sell better than the Surface.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago

Someone just release a controller that is wireless. You know, so we don't have to buy new ones every time we buy a new iDevice...


Even if you make it wireless you still have to put the device in the case which for the iPhone 6 would make this a useless purchase "if" your upgrading. The Android offerings have a universal grip and connect to Bluetooth. This product has a better fit than any Android offering but is less universal. I personally would take a universal game controller because I always use cases with my phones.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago
I have a Steel Series iOS controller and I have to say I prefer it massively over one that's connected to the devices physically. A stand alone controller is the best way to go IMO.

Except it just sits there because there aren't any games that interest me besides GTA that use it. :l
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago
Without an extra battery built in isn't this the most useless device ever? Any game that would benefit from improved controls is liable to eat batteries for breakfast.. It looks like there would've been space in there for a battery too. :( Missed opportunity IMO. (i use a lenmar battery case)

Maybe things are better on the 5S? The iP5's batteries don't hold up to much gaming before needing more juice.

Compared to a dedicated handheld like the vita(slim) the iPhone's battery life is a complete joke.. That's the biggest barrier to using it as a primary gaming device to me, not the controls..
Rating: 1 Votes

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