Razer Kazuyo render

I’m sorry if this thought sounds a little depressing, but there’s no two ways about the fact that the first batch of iOS controllers leaves a lot to be desired. The iPhone controllers from Logitech, Stratus Moga and others have all received poor reviews, with critics slamming their high price tag, less than stellar build quality and lacking features.

Razer, a privately-held American accessory maker that specializes in high-performance hardware specifically marketed to gamers, is thinking differently when it comes to its own iOS 7 controller, the Kazuyo.

We previously highlighted this ‘Made for iPhone’ (MFi) controller and now new details surfaced Tuesday helping paint a better picture of the upcoming accessory…

Thanks to an exclusive report by MacFormat, related by MacRumors, we now know that the Kazuyo will permits players to customize button assignments and sensitivity to their liking using a free companion app, pictured below.

The software is said to keep track of iPhone and iPad games which incorporate support for iOS 7 controllers while offering promotions and listings for special deals.

Razer Kazuyo app

The controller could include a built-in speaker.

Another cool feature setting apart the Kazuyo from the rest of the pack: you should be able to tilt your device up when docked for better viewing angles.

Other proposed capabilities, leaked in an internal memo (see the image top of post), include full-sized analog sticks with pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons and a slim hard-shell case design with rounded corners, adding minimal bulk while protecting the docked device against minor bumps and scratches.

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Rendering of the old Kazuyo design.

You may also want to check out the RP One controller by Signal, expected in the first half of this year with a price tag of $99.99, and Xbox-inspired C.T.R.L.i. by Mad Catz.

I used to be ecstatic about iOS controllers. Now I’m just saddened that these things appear to be failing miserably. Realizing as much, Apple has recently decreased licensing fees to give vendors some breathing space so they could price-match their accessories to Sony’s DualShock controller for the PlayStation.

Speaking of consoles, if you own a PlayStation, the awesome Controllers for All jailbreak tweak should be a no-brainer as it lets you use Sony’s DualShock controller with any iOS 7 game which supports physical iOS controllers.

What’s your stance on the initial offering of iOS 7 controllers?

Do you have one, or have you tried one in person?

  • Arew

    there are also controller for the iphone 4s?

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      Buy a PS3 controller and use controllers for all.

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    OH MY GOSH would someone get Battlefield 4 on iPhone.what was that from anyways?

    • Jason Baroni

      In Brazil the PS4 costs US$2000.

      • XboxOne

        What this have to do with the article?

      • Jason Baroni

        It is related to Lucus Bendzsa’s comment on why people want Battlefield on iPhone. I want it because consoles are too expensive in my country.

      • Anonomous.TECH.man

        It’s not Sonys falt it’s Brazils GAY import taxes.

      • Jason Baroni

        True.

  • Dan

    This one looks like it may be interesting, I’m cautiously optimistic.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    *Skips to the end of the review to look at the price*
    *Notices that it costs $99.99*
    *Comes to the same conclusion as always, that I’m better off with a PS3 or PS4 controller with the ControllersForAll tweak*

    • Anonomous.TECH.man

      I have the ps4 controller and it has horrible compatibility with controllers for all. Looses connection all the time. The tweak works way better with the ds3 (ps3 controller).

  • ConduciveMammal

    It looks crazy uncomfortable to use.
    All they need to do to improve it is give it built in battery so games aren’t draining your battery and give it the PlayStations “handles” on the lower edge of the controller. Ohh and analog sticks.

  • smtp25

    iPhone seems to get a lot of the focus .. i would think on the go you wouldn’t need a controller. And what if you have a case with battery built in or a rugged case these won’t fit

    iPad needs some love .. I use controllersforall too with the PS3 works well.