The Razer Wolverine V2 was released last month and it is a tactile and wired take on the standard Xbox Series S/X controller, with a number of tricks up its sleeve.
Built with the pro-gamer in mind, the V2 is a slight upgrade from Razer’s first Wolverine release, but these additions definitely make it a worthwhile investment, especially since it is US$100 cheaper than Xbox’s own Elite series of controllers.
The V2 features a compact design, with round, textured grips that make it comfortable to play on for long periods of time. The first thing most players will notice is the tactile feel every button has – each press giving a satisfying click that is very similar to how mechanical keyboards function.
There’s also the Share button that is standard for Series S/X controllers, as well as a dedicated button to control the audio interface of the player’s headset, which you can connect through a 3.5mm jack on the bottom of the controller. There are also the additional M1 and M2 buttons that are positioned between the left and right bumpers and triggers.
Using the dedicated Razer controller app on your Xbox or PC, players can map these two buttons to specific inputs or adjust the sensitivity of the analog sticks, with different loadouts depending on what game is being played. There’s also a special lock beneath the controller to toggle these new buttons on or off.
It really does feel like Razer took the design philosophies for their mechanical keyboards, like the Huntsman series for example, and converted them to work with the conventional Xbox controller – albeit without RGB lights, of course.
The M1 and M2 buttons in particular is a game changer, making it difficult to go back to a controller that doesn’t have them. Their positions between the triggers and bumpers work well too, as they are easily accessible and are not intrusive of the other buttons.
Mapping them in lieu of the Left Stick and Right Stick buttons (aka L3 and R3 for PlayStation users) is a game changer, especially for games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, where you don’t have to press your analogue buttons to sprint or activate your Eagle Vision. Using this on first-person games like Apex Legends or Halo is great too, making you slide and reload faster for the former, and finally adding a proper aiming trigger for every Halo game.
The V2 Experience
While it was made for the Series S/X, it is still great that the controller can be used for PC and Xbox One, future-proofing itself while letting you use current hardware to play games. The next-generation features like haptic feedback, the Share button, the dedicated audio button are also a great way to experience these next-generation staples on current hardware.
The haptic feedback also surprisingly works with games like Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, where you can feel every lightsaber vibration through the V2. The only minor dealbreaker may be the fact that it is a wired controller, and the positions of the Menu and View buttons take some getting used to.
Overall, the Razer Wolverine V2 is perfect for those who are not looking to upgrade to next-gen consoles yet, but are still in need of a great controller. Get it if you can, especially if you use the Xbox Game Pass on your Xbox One or PC to truly experience the controller with a wide variety of games.