These days, Razer makes literally everything from gaming peripherals, to laptops, to cyberpunk masks, to thumb sleeves. But its bread and butter is still performance peripherals for gamers. I’ve been testing the Wolverine V2 Chroma, a wired “pro” controller for Xbox that uses mecha-tactile switches and I must say, it’s better than Microsoft’s Xbox Elite controller while being more affordable.
After many matches of Apex Legends and Splitgate, there is a lot I liked. Razer says the mecha-tactile switches underneath the D-pad and face buttons take just 10ms to actuate — 40% faster than pressing the same buttons on a standard Xbox Series S/X controller. The shorter 0.65mm travel distance should help register presses quicker, too.
The mecha-tactile switches feel nice, but the faster actuation is nearly impossible to notice, even after switching between this gamepad and the standard Xbox one repeatedly. After all, a blink of the eye can be as fast as 100ms, which would still be 10 times slower than the actuation of the mecha-tactile switches.
I’m not saying Razer is full of it — a pro gamer might be able to discern the faster 10ms response time — but me, a regular player couldn’t. Most people probably won’t notice any difference.
That said, the feedback from the mecha-tactile switches makes a difference. The D-pad is perfect for fighting games. I was pulling off quarter-circles and dragon punches consistently in KoF ‘98. In a platformer like Cyber Shadow, I felt like I had greater control in my jumps. Beyond being super responsive, the switches have a 3-million-tap life cycle. After hearing about faulty Xbox Elite controllers, the guarantee does soften the blow of the price.
There are four buttons on the underside and one next to each of the bumpers that can be reprogrammed. I liked the standard layout. In Apex Legends I used the bottom buttons to slide and jump. Being able to keep my hand on the joystick while sliding/jumping puts the controller somewhat on par with a mouse and keyboard.
Though the Wolverine V2 Chroma excels at shooters, it proved equally as useful in Subnautica. I was able to use the buttons underneath to collect items and perform other actions while swimming. The buttons next to the bumper are an addition you won’t find on the Xbox Elite controller, which is a shame because their positioning and customizable functions make them really useful.
Let me be clear: Using the Wolverine V2 Chroma won’t suddenly make you a gaming god overnight. However, its programmable buttons and customizable joysticks will make gaming more enjoyable.
The biggest drawback is that the controller isn’t wireless. Yes, a wire eliminates latency, but wireless is where the Xbox Elite Controller has the Wolverine V2 Chroma beat. (Ironically, I had connection issues once when joystick movement was registering twice, though I managed to fix it by reconnecting the braided USB-C cable.)