The Razer wildcat Xbox One and PC controller is built for those with e-sports aspirations. Inclusive of four re-mappable extra buttons and built-in audio controls and optional grips designed to keep you glued all the time, the razer wildcat is definitely geared towards professional gaming. Coming with a ton of useful features for competitive players, this premium pad is a gem worth having, despite a few design drawbacks which keep it from being truly ready for the big leagues.
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Design and Comfort
The Razer Wildcat puts a clear focus on function over form. Save for its colored face buttons, the Wildcat sports a simple, all-black design that’s complemented slightly by Razer’s snakelike logo on the bottom right.
Once you attach its sporty-looking neon-green rubber grips, the Wildcat becomes comfier and easier to hold through their implementation feels cheap. The grips attach to the gamepad via an adhesive material.
With the Wildcat’s design nowhere near as cozy or cohesive as Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller, which is coated entirely in a soft-touch material with rigid grips built into the back, the Wildcat however feels nicer with lesser weight advantage over the elite. Razer’s 9.2-ounce pad is notably lighter than the 12.3-ounce Elite and just a bit heavier than the default 8-ounce Xbox One controller. Some players might prefer the Elite’s heft, but the Wildcat is less likely to give you hand fatigue after hours of play.
Controls and Customization
The Wildcat sports four extra inputs that you can program in whatever way you like in addition to its standard array of thumbsticks.
While the M1 and M2 buttons provide two extra bumpers for your pointer fingers, the removable M3 and M4 keys serve as extra triggers in the rear.
By simply holding down the remap button at the bottom of the Wildcat and holding down the M key you want to program and then tapping whichever button you want it to mimic, mapping the extra buttons is definitely a cinch. The pad will then rumble to confirm your selection, and the M button will start performing its new function instantly. You can create up to two custom button configurations using the pad’s profile switch button, and you can remap the controls at any time — even in the middle of a heated Halo match.
While it’s easy to remap the Wildcat’s buttons on the fly, physically customizing them takes a bit more work. The removable M3 and M4 triggers have to be unscrewed via a tool that comes with the controller. This ensures that the triggers won’t fall out while you’re playing, but it also makes them difficult to swap out in between rounds. But compared to the magnetic, easily removable rear paddles on the Elite controller, the Wildcat’s screwed-in triggers seem like a mild inconvenience.
The Wildcat’s face buttons feel snappier and more mechanical than the Elite’s, making it easy to mash them repeatedly when you need to get out of a tight spot.
One of the Wildcat’s most distinctive features is the Quick Control Panel, located just above its headset jack. In addition to button-remapping and profile-switching buttons, the panel features audio controls for muting your headset’s mic and adjusting the game/chat volume balance.
While it may take time to get used to the Wildcat, its lightweight design and extra controls proved their worth in the heat of battle. The premium pad seems tailored primarily to shooter players.
The extra triggers and bumpers make it possible to do things like run, jump and change weapons without ever taking your thumbs off the sticks, which is crucial for players seeking complete control over both combat and movement.
The Wildcat’s trigger locks allow you to lower the travel on either trigger and to fire faster in shooting games. The feature requires just a quick flip of a switch and makes it extra easy for you to rapidly unload rounds from your magnum. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you should activate the Wildcat’s hair-trigger mode (which heightens the triggers’ sensitivity) before using the locks. If you don’t, you’ll have to squeeze harder to register a shot, which isn’t something you want to worry about during competitive play.
The Wildcat ditches the standard, unified D-pad design in favor of four independent directional buttons. This layout makes sense for shooter players looking to pinpoint the right direction when changing grenades or calling in airstrikes, but it’s less-than-ideal for other genres, especially fighters.