I’m always happy when the market presents several options for controllers for a particular game console. This allows buyers to choose a device for their needs, palm size and design preferences. Recently, Sony has actively granted a license to manufacture gamepads for the PlayStation 4 console to third-party companies. And today I would like to tell you about one such device – a professional game controller Razer Raiju.
The American company Razer is well-known to fans of video games, as well as professional cybersportsmen. It produces professional mice and rugs, mechanical keyboards, gaming laptops, video game equipment, professional stereo headsets, mobile speakers and even hours for gamers. Recently it became known that the company plans to enter the market of smartphones, so from Razer in the foreseeable future, you can expect almost anything. But I was interested in a professional game controller for the PlayStation 4 console, since I had been looking for a decent alternative to my life-assured DualShock 4 gamepads for a long time.
To begin today’s review traditionally it would be desirable to study the packaging of the controller. They always meet because of clothes. The cardboard box is designed according to the style of the company Razer, but it uses the blue-blue color palette characteristic for the PlayStation 4 line. In the upper left corner we see the Designed for ESPORTS mark, which is quite predictable: today e-sports is developing not only on the PC, but also on consoles. In the lower right corner is the PS4 logo, informing the buyer that this product was officially certified by Sony.
The back of the box briefly tells us about the key features of the controller. Among other things, we are told that the gamepad is equipped with four additional programmable buttons, has an ergonomic shape and optimal weight, and also boasts a quick access panel to a number of extremely useful functions, which we’ll talk about a little later.
The bottom surface of the box is much more informative. Here is the packaging of the package, the system requirements are listed (although what requirements can there be when it comes to the game console?), The information about the two-year warranty and technical support from Razer specialists is printed, as well as such important characteristics as dimensions and weight controller.
From the papers inside the box, I found a greeting from President Razer, which is traditionally put into packaging with every device of the company. Also a pair of branded stickers with a logo in the form of a snake coil and instructions for operating the gamepad.
The three-meter cable that the controller connects to the PlayStation 4 can frighten those users who do not know that Sony unilaterally forbids third-party companies to produce wireless gamepads for their console. Personally, I suspect (and something tells me that I’m right) that the Japanese really do not want to share the unique wireless data transfer protocols with anyone and keep them in the strictest secrecy. That’s why Razer, like the rest of Sony’s certified partners, has no choice but to produce wired devices. The proprietary cable in a solid protective braid with a length of 3 meters is equipped with plugs, which protect its plugs from dust. It is worth noting that it is surprisingly light for its thickness.
Very pleased with the presence in the box of a rigid fabric cover. It will come in handy if you need to take the controller with you on a visit or at any championship. The cover protects the gamepad not only from dust, but from shocks during transportation or drops from a small height. Extremely nice addition to the kit, which can boast not all manufacturers of console accessories.
Here is the Raiju controller itself, made in a stylish black-and-blue color scheme. In the photo you can also notice a small screwdriver, about the purpose of which I’ll tell you later.
The case of the controller painfully resembles the Xbox One gamepad, with the only difference being that it is equipped with a touch panel and both analog handles are located on the same level. Not so long ago I told you about another professional game controller – Nacon Revolution Pro . In the case with him, the manufacturer decided to move the left stick to the cross point of the D-Pad according to the principle of the same gamepad for Xbox One. Engineers Razer, in contrast to the French colleagues from Nacon, decided not to change the familiar layout of PlayStation controls. And personally I am very grateful for this.
Very nice look blue rubber inserts in the handle of the controller. They do not just make the design more vivid and attractive, but also improve the grip of sweat-damp hands from the player. And this during intense fights on the web happens very often.
At the top of the gamepad, in addition to the usual buttons L1, L2, R1 and R2, you can see two additional buttons M1 and M2, the purpose of which we will talk about separately.
The PlayStation’s “triangle”, “square”, “circle” and “X” buttons in the case of Razer Raiju have a reduced stroke, which makes them significantly faster than on the standard DualShock 4. This may seem to somebody a minus, Touching the button may cause it to trip. But we should not forget that we are talking about a controller for professionals who have every second of the second account. Therefore, it’s still a plus, not a minus device. Buttons use mechanical switches, so they click very clearly and you always know when the trigger occurred. When creating these buttons, Razer engineers used the proprietary Hyperesponse technology, which provides instant signal transmission from pressing the console.
Crossing the D-Pad from Raiju is very unusual. Each of the four directions of the D-Pad is a completely independent button, which may seem unusual for some. After all, in DualShock 4, although the buttons are separated at first glance, they are still connected by common ground. In the case of Razer Raiju, everything is exactly the opposite. Particularly dissatisfied with this situation will be fans of fighting games. Performing combo-bundles and superudary on this controller will be significantly more difficult.
The touch panel of the controller has a stylish Razer logo. Otherwise, it is almost the same as the one used in DualShock 4. Just below the touch panel you can see two LED indicators. These are two user profiles, between which you can switch at any time. Profiles are customized for specific games in advance. There is also a third “default” profile in the controller that returns the factory settings.
And here is the quick access panel, which allows the player to perform all the basic actions with the Raiju controller. The first button is to remap the values of the individual buttons. The second is switching between user profiles, which we just talked about. The third one allows you to turn on and off the microphone of the headset connected to the gamepad, if you do not want other players to hear, for example, how you talk on the phone. The fourth button is the volume control of the headset. Just hold the button and adjust the volume with the up and down arrow keys of the D-Pad. In the same way, you can adjust the volume of the voice chat in relation to the volume of the game sound, only you have to press the D-Pad arrows “left” and “right”. Just below the panel, you can see a 4-pin 3.5mm headphone and headset input.
Analog handles are protected by removable blue caps with a corrugated surface for better grip with fingers. However, you can always take them off if you prefer that there are no obstacles between the sticks and your fingers. True, here is the original surface of the sticks, albeit rubberized, alas, will not provide you with such a level of adhesion.
So the controller looks behind.
On the rear surface there are additional buttons-triggers M3 and M4, which can be pressed with free fingers (most often these are the middle and ring fingers of both hands). The presence of such buttons on the back of the controller has already become a kind of tradition among professional gamepads.
If these triggers interfere with you, and this is quite possible, you can unscrew them with a complete screwdriver and close the opened holes with special latches, located near them, so that they do not accumulate dust and do not get dirt from your hands.
As I said, on the top surface of the controller there are additional buttons M1 and M2. It is extremely convenient for them to assign different actions. In the case of Razer Raiju, you definitely will not have problems with lack of free keys, because there are four of them, and this opens up huge opportunities for domination in a variety of video games. While your opponents try to activate this or that function (jump, squat, aim, reload, etc.), removing fingers from the sticks and finding the right button, you will just need to click on an additional trigger, which is always under your free finger. Everything is simple and saves valuable time.