Whereas making an attempt to supply a brand new Xbox Collection S/X remains to be a bit tough, Razer’s new Wolverine V2 Chroma controller is designed to supply superior responsiveness no matter whether or not you’re enjoying on Xbox or PC.
Priced at $150, the Wolverine V2 Chroma prices barely greater than the vanilla Wolverine V2 and only a bit lower than Microsoft’s personal Xbox Elite Controller whereas delivering much more customizability, pace, and naturally, built-in RGB lighting.
For the Wolverine V2 Chroma’s face buttons and D-pad, as an alternative of typical membrane switches, Razer is utilizing its personal Mecha-Tactile Motion Buttons which function mechanical switches just like the sort Razer makes use of in its gaming mice. So not solely do you get extra exact suggestions each time you press a button, however Razer has additionally shortened up every button’s actuation distance by round 35%, so every press feels sooner and extra responsive. And whereas which may not sound like a lot, for ultra-competitive players, generally only a few milliseconds can imply the distinction between life and loss of life.
Moreover, like a whole lot of high-end gamepads, the Wolverine V2 Chroma comes with a spread of customizable buttons together with an additional pair of shoulder buttons up prime and 4 triggers round again—all of which will be remapped to greatest fit your playstyle. And relying on the sport, there’s additionally a change that means that you can change the pull distance on the RT and LT triggers, so you may have a deep analog pull for stuff like racing video games, or a shorter pull for shooters or combating video games.
Nonetheless, the customizability doesn’t cease there, as a result of, along with the Wolverine V2 Chroma’s multi-function buttons, Razer’s controller additionally comes with interchangeable analog sticks, permitting you to swap out the default Xbox-style sticks for shorter domed sticks (just like what you get on older PS controllers), or a taller concave choice designed to present your higher and management and accuracy in FPS video games (particularly if you’re sniping).
Additionally, as a result of the Wolverine V2 Chroma was designed from the begin to work on each Xbox (each Xbox One and Xbox Collection S/X) and PC (sorry PlayStation homeowners), you may customise the controller’s buttons, vibration energy, and lighting through the free Razer Controller Setup app on the Microsoft retailer, as an alternative of needing to obtain Razer’s Synapse app.
Sadly, the Wolverine V2 Chroma has one main downside in comparison with most different trendy gamepads: it’s solely obtainable in a wired-only configuration. For players who’ve gotten used to the comfort of wi-fi gamepads, including a wire again into the combo might be a giant barrier to entry, significantly for a $150 controller. However with the Wolverine V2 Chroma, Razer mentioned it wished to give attention to delivering probably the most responsive efficiency you will get. So prefer it or not, which means you want a wire, although I actually want Razer had included an choice to go wi-fi too.
That mentioned, there are a few advantages to going the wired-only route, as a result of not solely does the Wolverine V2 Chroma weigh lower than a normal Xbox controller, Razer claims the latency between button presses on the Wolverine V2 Chroma is simply 10 ms, in comparison with 12 to 15ms for competing wi-fi pads.
The opposite factor I’m not fairly positive about is the form of the Wolverine V2 Chroma’s D-pad. It may be nice for choosing weapons in a shooter, however it appears to be like a bit clunky for die-hard combating sport lovers (although admittedly, combating sport followers are in all probability higher off getting a devoted combat stick in any case).
A considerably costly wired-only gamepad may not be a great a part of each gamer’s loadout, however for aggressive players who actually care about responsiveness, the Wolverine V2 Chroma is an fascinating different to Microsoft’s Xbox Elite controllers and different third-party choices like Scuf’s Intuition and Intuition Professional gamepads. And for those who just like the Wolverine V2 Chroma’s design however don’t want the RGB or the extra customizability, the usual Wolverine V2 gamepad will nonetheless be obtainable for simply $100.
The Wolverine V2 Chroma is on the market right now direct from Razer and different approved retailers for $150.