The Razer Kishi controller can be easily modded to fit larger Android phones or phones in cases
Mobile gaming is getting more and more popular as smartphones continue to push the boundaries of performance. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a few AAA game publishers attempt to make their mark on the industry. The rise of console emulators and cloud gaming services is also improving choice for mobile gamers. Even though smartphones and data connections are more than capable of handling some decent gaming, playing with onscreen controls is just not optimal for many games. That’s where gadgets like the Razer Kishi come in. It’s a $79 telescopic controller that connects to your smartphone via its USB Type-C port to make it look like a Nintendo Switch with the joy cons attached. Unfortunately, the maximum dimensions of the controller limit its compatibility with some devices. As it turns out, there is a simple workaround for that.
The Razer Kishi is designed to extend so it can fit Android smartphones with a height between 145.3-163.7mm, a width between 68.2-78.1mm, and a depth between 7.0-8.8mm. Because of this, some larger devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, and OPPO Find X2 Pro will either fit extremely awkwardly or not at all. Fortunately, a user on the /r/Stadia subreddit by the name of /u/totofra brought to our attention a very simple way around this problem. There are two rubber grips located at both ends of the controller; removing them increases the room between the pads and lets you use fit slightly bigger devices. The featured image at the top of this article shows a photo of the OPPO Find X2 Pro, a device with a height of 165.2mm, fitting snugly inside a Razer Kishi with the two rubber grips removed.
Keep in mind that the rubber grips were added to make sure your device doesn’t get scratched or wobble around while inside the controller. We recommend using a smartphone case or applying sticky pads to protect your phone and keep it from moving while you’re gaming. You do not need any tools to remove the rubber grips from the controller, though you may have some difficulties pulling out the rubber since it’s pre-installed pretty tightly. Once you do remove the rubber inserts, you can always reattach them in case you want to use the Kishi without a phone case.