Razer has launched what it calls "the most customizable controller for Xbox One and PC". The new Razer Wolverine Ultimate does indeed offer a wide range of customisation options with the D-Pad and the thumbsticks being interchangeable, as well as offering a complement of six remappable triggers and buttons. Reconfiguring the controller is completed via Razer Synapse on PC or Xbox, and the RGB LED cherry on the cake is the inclusion of Razer Chroma 16.8 million colour lighting effects.
"We've taken our time with the development of the Razer Wolverine Ultimate to really get it right," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "Thanks to endless design iterations and pro-gamer feedback, we're proud to be finally releasing a new contender for the crown."
Its customisable nature means that this controller can "adapt itself to any gamer," reckons Razer. But it's not too radical, changing the D-pad buttons or thumbstick height/profiles to suit can only impact the carefully designed controller's "optimized ergonomics" in a good way. D-pad choices are between a quad-segmented design and a tilting single disc design. For thumbsticks, Razer looks to have included designs of different heights and degrees of top curvature.
Beyond the standard ABXY button array and the other front function buttons Razer has included a "slew of extra buttons for advanced gaming - 2 remappable Multi-Function bumpers, 4 Multi-Function triggers and a Quick Control Panel". Functions assigned to these buttons can be remapped on the fly in Razer Synapse on PC of Xbox One.
As mentioned in the intro, the new games controller from Razer includes Chroma lighting, so it can be part of a synchronised setup. Apparently it’s the first Chroma device for Xbox. The RGB lighting is fairly limited however, in that it is limited to one zone, a strip at the top of the controller surrounding the Xbox logo.
In an email to HEXUS, Razer said that the Razer Wolverine Ultimate controller will become available in September via Razerzone.com. Global rollout will occur during Q4, 2017. The recommended pricing is US $159.99 / EU €179.99. Full controller specs are reproduced below.
- Remappable 2 Multi-Function Buttons & 4 Triggers
- Razer Chroma lighting with full 16.8 million colour options
- Interchangeable D-Pad – Choice between Individual and Tilting Designs
- Interchangeable Thumbsticks
- Hair-Trigger Mode with Trigger-Stop for rapid-fire
- Quick Control Panel
- Tactile Switch Action Buttons
- Ergonomic Non-Slip Rubber Grip
- Razer Synapse for Xbox app
- Razer Chroma SDK enabled
- Play Anywhere – Play on Xbox One or PC
- 5mm audio port for stereo audio output and microphone input
- Carrying case
- Detachable 3m / 10ft lightweight braided fibre cable with Micro-USB connector
- Approximate size: 106mm / 4.17 in (Length) x 156mm / 6.14 in (Width) x 66mm / 2.60 in (Height)
- Approximate weight (without cable): 260g / 0.57 lbs