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

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Article Link: Razer Unveils 'Junglecat' Gaming Controller with Slide-Out Design, Companion App
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Why release this now when everyone is waiting for iphone 6? Couldn't be worse timing of a mediocre product
  3. macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2013
    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...
  4. macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2012
    Houston, Texas (Born and raised a Texan)
  5. macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2014
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    Nope. I want Dualshock 4 to connect via bluetooth... :(
  7. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    I came here to make a couple of points - only to find the first two comments covered them completely.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
  10. macrumors regular


    Mar 19, 2013
    You can with Controllers for All.
  11. macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Then you're dealing with batteries and will likely never be certified


    I haven't tried this but razor makes some of the crappiest overpriced stuff you can find in the PC world
  12. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2009
    So they're the "Beats" of input devices? :D
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2013
    4 8 15 16 23 42 ✈ Country: Belgium
    Lmao, Junglecat! Can't wait till they release the Hyena or the Lynx... Or perhaps the Tarzan for iOS? :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2009
    It's a plastic case with computer hardware inside. The hardware is already designed, and it should be very easy to re-mold new forms of plastic.
  15. macrumors 603


    Feb 11, 2008
    How many millions of iPhone 5 units out there?

    How many iPhone 6 unit out there?

    Do you think once the iPhone 6 comes out, people will stop using the iphone 5 all together?


    Depends on the product, but yeah Razor have been slipping every year. While I liked their older stuff, the new stuff is pffft.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2013
    And because the iphone 6 will be released, people should just drop support for the iphone 5 and 5s?
    It'd be surprising if they didn't already have plans for a bigger controller.

    Now if you don't like Razer, fine. It's like picking between AMD and Nvidia, everyone has their own preference and you won't make people change their mind just with your comment.
    My Razer mouse is 6 years old and still works flawlessly, so does my 3 years old keyboard, and controller.

    It'd be nice if people could stop being so "OMG THAT SUCKS IT'S EVIL JUST DON'T BUY IT'S CRAP". Nothing is SO bad. Jeez.
  17. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    I guess all tech companies should stop support for anything more than 12 months old. It's obsolete!
  18. macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    New form factor coming for the iPhone.

    Hope these guys can keep up with new models!
  19. macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2010
    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.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2013
    I have seen cases that were made for iPad that were wireless like an Xbox 360 controller type layout.
  21. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    After the iPad, I actually can't game well on my iPhone anymore because of the tiny screen. I don't think this gaming controller well help me. Maybe some reading glasses and something with less action like hangman.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2009
    Midwest, USA
    Who said anything about a case? A Dualshock 4 or a similar controller would be ideal for people who would like their controller to outlast the form factor of the phone.
  23. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Looks very PSP Go-ish, which was certainly the most uncomfortable of the PSP series.



    I think for many of us it's a pain considering how quickly iPhones are refreshed. Previously in the games market you'd get 1 device that would last the life of the generation (so 3-10 years). A controller you buy for the PS4 today will be usable on the final PS4 model before the PS5, for example.

    This is why I don't buy games or accessories for my iPhone and relegate it to a "I don't have my 3DS or Vita on me, let's play Angry Birds for a few minutes" device.
  24. macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2006
    Is an adjustable clip to hold the phone so hard to make? People knocking out $3 tripod adaptors seem to manage it.
  25. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    How comfortable is it to play on these slide out controllers?

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