Microsoft has been playing its cards fantastic with the launch of xCloud. After a trial period, the service is now available in Spain, and with it we can play an incredible Xbox catalog directly from our phone. But how to make the experience even more comfortable?
A controller for the cloud
Having more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox Series X games on your phone is a joy, but it is useless to be able to run a game in seconds and not enjoy it due to the limitations of the controls. Microsoft is working on including specific touch controls for many games so that players will be able to tap different button patterns on the screen to enhance the gaming experience, however this is not ideal. In fact, it is tremendously uncomfortable, since you cannot intuit where the buttons are and the control of the crosshead becomes especially cumbersome.
For this reason, the company has worked with Razer to offer an accessory compatible with Android phones that will allow you to turn your phone into a portable console with which you can enjoy an experience very similar to what you get on the desktop console. But does he get it?
After several weeks of testing the service, we can only speak highly of xCloud. The catalog of games that it offers is quite extensive, and allows us to play almost instantly any of the more than 100 games that its catalog currently offers . And we say almost instantly because at the beginning of starting the game we will have to wait a few seconds until everything is up and running.
The secret of the service is that the servers offer the potential of an Xbox One S to emulate games, so that will be the quality of the broadcast that will reach our screen. It is expected that in the future xCloud servers will improve to make the leap to the new generation of consoles, but for now, that is the potential that is offered, which is not little.
A controller that fits
Regarding the Razer Kishi, we are facing an accessory that directly becomes an essential for those users who want to use the service. This gamepad is made up of two pieces that fit on each side of the phone, making it a kind of portable console. The result is quite convincing and the phone fits very well thanks to the rubbers that are in the docking hole, so the result is a firm and rigid body.
When it comes to gaming, the buttons and triggers on the Kishi work well, but we can’t say they are particularly eye-catching. The touch and pressure of the buttons is very similar to those of a low-cost remote, especially the triggers, something that does not fit with the official price of the equipment, which is 109.99 euros. It has a USB-C port that is used to continue charging the phone while we play, but not to recharge an internal battery of the Kishi, because it does not have any. As a curious note, the triggers have been named as R1, R2, L1 and L2, instead of the RB, LB of Xbox.
And it is in that last detail where we find one of the most negative points of this command, since we believe that for its price it should include wireless capabilities to function as an independent command. Whether to use the controller with a tablet or any other device, the Kishi should be able to become a standalone controller, especially considering that it takes that form when it is collected without docking on the phone.
Is the Razer Kishi worth it?
The product becomes especially valuable when we unite it with its true purpose, which is nothing more than playing in the Microsoft cloud. In that case, the combo of xCloud and Kishi is fantastic, but it does not stop showing that the cloud service is a product that shines with its own light and improves everything that goes with it. The Razer product could improve, so we will see if a new generation fixes the improvement details that we have detected.