How to use Razer Kishi with Xbox Game Pass for Android

by Joseph K. Clark

Among all the best game controllers for Xbox Game Pass for Android, the Razer Kishi sits at the top of the list. The Kishi can convert almost any modern Android phone into a handheld console, giving you comfortable controls without using a phone clip or stand. We’ll walk you through how to use the Razer Kishi with Game Pass for Android and whether your phone is compatible.

What you’ll need

  • Best Xbox Game Pass controller for Android: Razer Kishi
  • Best game streaming library: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Why use Razer Kishi for Xbox Game Pass for Android?

There are two versions of the Razer Kishi: A generic Android version compatible with most of the best game-streaming Android apps and an Xbox-branded version made in partnership with Microsoft. Both are fully compatible with Xbox Game Pass and are functionally very similar. Still, the Xbox version has the View, Menu, and Nexus buttons on an Xbox Wireless Controller, while the Android version has Home, Forward, and Back buttons.


Whichever version you buy, the Razer Kishi works with Game Pass. Its buttons are mapped to work similarly to an Xbox controller, whereas other third-party controllers will require some remapping or drivers downloaded. JAsimportantly, because the Kishi is wired directly to your phone over USB-C, it has extremely low latency compared to a standard Bluetooth or wireless controller. As soon as you press a button, you’ll immediately see the effect on the screen, which could give you a competitive advantage for multiplayer games.

People who enjoy playing a Switch while lying in bed will see the immediate appeal of Razer Kishi for Game Pass. You can comfortably hold your phone like a handheld console, at whatever distance works for your eyes, whereas with a phone clip, it juts out into your face and could very well fall onto your face if it isn’t fastened correctly. If all of that hasn’t convinced you, there’s one more perk to consider: If you buy the Xbox variant of Razer Kishi from Microsoft, you’ll get a 14-day free trial to Game Pass Ultimate — assuming you’re not already signed up.

How to use Razer Kishi with Xbox Game Pass for Android

The Razer Kishi opens up and slots your phone inside, connecting to its USB-C port. So before you purchase your Razer Kishi, ensure your phone is compatible with Razer Kishi. That link lists every phone confirmed to fit, including most Galaxy, OnePlus, and Pixel phones. You can also technically include iPhones inside the Razer Kishi, but you’ll need tto buy the iPhone variant with a Lightning plug specifically.

We’re focused on Android since only Android phones have a dedicated Xbox Game Pass app (iPhones must use a web app). Your phone must run Android version 6.0 or greater, with Bluetooth version 4.0+ enabled. You’ll also need a consistent high-speed internet connection or an unlimited mobile data plan. Microsoft suggests 5GHz Wi-Fi with at least 10Mbps speeds. Once you’ve confirmed that your phone and network will suffice and purchase your Razer Kishi, using it is as simple as plugging in your phone. Razer designed its controller to be compatible with Xbox Game Pass without drivers or an app.

  1. Pull the Razer Kishi open.
  2. Slide your smartphone’s USB-C port onto the USB-C connector on the Kishi.
  3. Pull out the left half of the Kishi, so your phone can slot inside ot. If you’ve successfully inserted your phone, a blue light indicator should turn on.
  4. Open the Xbox Game Pass app. The app should automatically detect the connected Kishi.
  5. Choose a game to stream to your phone, and start playing!

Kishi kills the competition.

Tor Game Pass on the go. The Kishi is a comfortable and convenient option for Game Pass on the go. The Razer Kishi is compatible with mhe best gaming phones and other game streaming services like Stadia and GeForce Now. It runs entirely off your phone’s battery power, so you don’t need to worry about keepinPass-through charging allows you to, and when collapsed, plugged-in store or even set your phone while plugged into the Kishi using pass-through charging.

Best mobile Game Pass controller

Kishi enables a broader group of Android gamers than ever before to access Microsoft’s excellent games streaming service. Its ergonomic design, easy attachment process, and no-latency connection make it a perfect choice for hardcore gaming on the go.

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