Razer unveils a pro-style PS5 controller, and it has staggered sticks

Razer unveils a pro-style PS5 controller, and it has staggered sticks

Razer is jumping into the PlayStation 5 controller scene with an officially licensed premium gamepad. Dubbed the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro, the controller has a white and black design and is equipped with premium components and customization features. Most notably, the Wolverine V2 Pro has offset analog sticks and features a wireless connection using Razer’s HyperSpeed ​​Wireless technology. Aimed at competitive gamers, the Wolverine V2 Pro will retail for $250 and is exclusive to GameStop and the Razer store.

While this is Razer’s first PS5 controller, it’s not the first in the Wolverine lineup. Several Wolverine controllers have been released for Xbox/PC over the years, but all have only offered wired connections. In that regard, the Wolverine V2 Pro remedies the one major complaint we had with the stellar V2 Chroma Xbox controller.

It has a similar form factor to the V2 Chroma, but it appears to be slightly larger. As an officially licensed PS5 controller, it has all the standard menu buttons as well as the touchpad. But it doesn’t have an internal speaker, adaptive triggers, or haptic feedback.

Razer Wolverine V2 Pro
Razer Wolverine V2 Pro

Instead of DualSense’s Adaptive Trigger technology, the V2 Pro has what Razer calls “HyperTriggers”. These are trigger stops with two settings controlled by toggle switches on the back of the controller. Engaging the latch reduces the pull distance to register trigger inputs. Trigger stops are generally aimed at fans of first-person shooters, as they can increase your rate of fire, bringing the controller experience closer to mouse and keyboard controls.

The Wolverine V2 Pro uses Razer’s Mecha-Tactile Buttons. This unique design makes the face buttons, D-pad, and shoulder buttons resemble the click-like feel and responsiveness of a high-end gaming mouse. The eight-way D-pad uses micro switches for each individual input to improve accuracy.

There are four remappable buttons on the back of the controller and two on the top. The rear triggers have the same general layout as the V2 Chroma, but are spaced slightly closer to the grips.

The Wolverine V2 Pro has a total of six remappable buttons.
The Wolverine V2 Pro has a total of six remappable buttons.

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Inside the box you will find a pair of alternate magnetic caps for the analog sticks. Players can replace the default traditional caps that will feel familiar with a high, concave, or short domed style.

For additional customization, you can download the Razer Controller Setup app for iOS and Android. This app can be used to remap the back and top multi-function buttons. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Razer product without Chroma RGB lighting. You can tinker with the lighting effects that run along the handles in the app. You can also add what is essentially a second profile for analog stick sensitivity. Designating a “clutch” button allows you to switch to the other sensitivity setting on the fly while playing.

In addition to the wireless connection with a 2.4 GHz USB dongle, you can also use a wired connection with the included USB-C cable. Like the cable that comes with the Wolverine V2 Chroma, this is a long braided cord.

While the Wolverine V2 Pro is mostly Razer’s first PS5 controller, the controller is also PC compatible both wirelessly and wired.

The Razer Wolverine V2 Pro isn’t your only premium PS5 controller option. PlayStation’s DualSense Edge controller releases January 26 for $200. Meanwhile, the Victrix BFG Pro is another officially licensed third-party PS5 controller with offset sticks. The BFG Pro releases December 1 for $180.

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