Go pro with Razer's Wildcat Xbox One controller


— 4:25 PM on August 28, 2015

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan held a brief presentation today at PAX Prime to talk about some new hardware and some updates to the company's Nabu X fitness tracker. Tan introduced the company's take on a tournament-grade Xbox One controller, called the Razer Wildcat. He also took some time to talk up the "Designed by Razer" NZXT S340 microATX case and version 2.0 of the companion app for the Nabu X.

The Wildcat Xbone controller is a pretty impressive-looking piece of kit, if controller-based gaming is your thing. Razer says it collaborated with four leading eSports teams when it went to design the Wildcat. The result is a bit similar to Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller, with a couple of notable differences. Instead of the Elite controller's bottom paddles, the Wildcat includes proper aluminum bottom triggers that are supposedly easier to manipulate. The triggers can be detatched if they're not needed. A pair of trigger lock switches should allow users to switch between full-range and hair-trigger modes as needed.

A quick-access control panel at the front of the unit is claimed to offer one-touch control over critical functions like button remapping, onboard profiles, microphone muting, and volume blending between voice chat and in-game audio. Hard-wearing parts like the joystick shafts are cast from steel, and most of the buttons and switches on the Wildcat use mechanical, tactile switches for better button feel. Despite the metal parts and heavy-duty construction, the Wildcat only weighs 260 grams—two grams less than the stock Xbox One controller and far less than the Xbox Elite controller's 348-gram heft. Razer expects the Wildcat to ship in October for $150.

Tan also talked about the success of Razer's collaboration with case maker NZXT. The Razer-designed edition of the company's H440 enclosure has apparently been quite a hit. The companies are expanding their partnership with the release of the more compact S340 "Designed by Razer" case. Tan claims that the same engineers that worked on Razer's Blade laptops had a go at optimizing the airflow of the S340, but aside from that, the case is really just a matte-black S340 with a Razer logo slapped on the front and insides. The result is pretty handsome, though, and it should coordinate well with other Razer hardware.

Wearers of Razer's Nabu X fitness tracker are getting some love in the form of a version 2.0 update for the band's accompanying app. Tan says the new version will offer better views of the statistics the device collects, and the app should be smarter about tracking the owner's sleep cycles without manual intervention. Wearers will also be able to customize the Nabu X's notification LEDs and vibration patterns to taste. The updated software is available in beta form today, and a public release is set for October.

Finally, in the finest Jobsian tradition, Tan revealed an updated version of the company's full-fat Nabu wearable, which has an OLED notification screen instead of the Nabu X's triple LEDs. The Nabu can share contact information with other Nabus with nothing more than a handshake. This band can otherwise perform the same fitness and sleep-tracking functions as the Nabu X. It'll be available for about $100 starting in October.

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