Here’s your first look at Razer’s new Raiju PS4 controllers

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After almost four years, my PlayStation 4 Dualshock controller is headed towards retirement. The motors inside are making louder rumbles, the seams are caked in a filth that cannot be described on this website without first ascertaining if you’re older than 18 and the rubber on the analogue sticks is almost as worn as the wrapper on the condom in my wallet.

So what will replace that trusty input device? I could get another Dualshock controller and ride it out until the PlayStation 5 arrives, but I’m looking for something more specialised. It’s why I’m casting a gaze at Razer, as that manufacturer of console and PC peripherals has some new gear on the market. Say hello, to the Razer Raiju:

Or better yet, gaze at these pictures of it:

Razer will have two variants of the Raiju out on the market soon, in the form of the Ultimate Edition and the more Esportsy Tournament Edition. According to Razer, the Raiju controller has been designed as “the most modular PS4 controller ever, bringing unparalleled customization” and can be paired with a mobile app to customise its features while on the go:

Multi-function buttons can be mapped to create more than 500 customized profiles to fit different playstyles for different gaming genres. Users may adjust the sensitivity of thumbstick movements to achieve greater headshot aiming precision or speedy response for quick movement.  Advanced lighting effects powered by Razer Chroma give a more immersive gaming experience with RGB LED lighting in sync with controller vibrations and other button actions.

The Razer Raiju Ultimate is supplied with a set of interchangeable thumbsticks and alternate D-pad, providing more ways to personalize the Raiju Ultimate according to game and playing style. Razer Mecha-Tactile Action Buttons combine the soft-cushioned touch of a membrane rubber dome with crisp tactile clicks of a mechanical switch for a precise, positive action.

Here’s a list of specs for each version:

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Razer Raiju Ultimate Edition

Razer Raiju

  • Wired and wireless connectivity
  • 4 Multi-function buttons
  • Mecha-Tactile Triangle, Circle, X, Square action buttons
  • Powered by Razer ChromaTM
  • Trigger stops for quick-firing action
  • 3.5 mm audio port for stereo audio output and microphone input (wired mode)
  • Quick Control Panel
  • Interchangeable Thumbstick and D-pad modules
  • Carrying Case
  • Detachable 3 m lightweight braided fiber cable with Micro-USB connector
  • Approximate size: 106 mm (Length) x 155 mm (Width) x 66 mm (Height)
  • Approximate weight (without cable): 352 g

Razer Raiju Tournament Edition

Razer Raiju (17)

  • Wired and wireless connectivity
  • 4 Multi-function buttons
  • Mecha-Tactile Triangle, Circle, X, Square action buttons
  • Trigger stops for quick-firing action
  • 3.5 mm audio port for stereo audio output and microphone input (wired mode)
  • Detachable 2 m lightweight braided fiber cable with Micro-USB connector
  • Approximate size: 104 mm (Length) x 159.4 mm (Width) x 65.6 mm (Height)
  • Approximate weight (without cable): 322 g

That’s an attractive piece of technology, albeit it at a very stiff price: R3495 according to our press release for the Ultimate Edition. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for a controller, but considering how people are ready to drop R27 000 on a graphics card, it’s not too far removed from what the richest of the rich are prepared to pay for hardware these days.

You can expect to see the Raiju rock up in shops this November.

Last Updated: August 21, 2018

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