The Raiju might look all-singing, all-dancing, but it’s missing a few features compared to the standard DualShock 4. There’s no light bar, for starters.

You get a 3m cable instead of Bluetooth, because a wireless connection would add input lag. Wireless controllers also verboten at most gaming tournaments, so I’m not too worried about having a cable trailing over to my console.

For some bizarre reason, Sony won’t let you turn on your PS4 with a third party controller, so you’ve got to get up off the sofa and actually press the power button - it’s like being back in the 90s. This isn’t Razer’s fault, but it’s still annoying.

The USB cable is detachable, but clips into the controller securely so it won’t pop out just as you’re lining up that crucial headshot.


Razer Raiju verdict

Unless you’re regularly in podium position when you play online, the Raiju isn’t enough of a leap from the standard PS4 controller to justify spending £150 on one. That’s the same amount of cash as three full games!

It’s not the perfect controller, either. The D-Pad is made up of four separate buttons, rather than one single pad - which makes it tricky for fighting games.

Still, seriously dedicated first person shooter fans will see the appeal. The Raiju is filled with neat little touches, like the replaceable thumbstick covers that’ll stop your sticks getting worn from constant use, and volume controls that won’t force you away from your game and into a menu.

If a DualShock 4 just isn’t cutting it anymore, this could give you the edge you’ve been waiting for - but don’t expect it to turn you into a gaming god overnight.

Stick around for Malaysian pricing and availability. 

Stuff says... 

Razer Raiju review

Dedicated gamers and pros will appreciate the tweaks Razer has made to Sony’s DualShock 4 design, but the high price and bulky shape mean the Raiju won’t be for everyone
Good Stuff 
Customisable controls, without needing a PC
Pro-friendly features like hair triggers, sensitive buttons
Great ergonomics for lengthy play sessions
Bad Stuff 
Wired-only approach is great for pros, but less so for sofa-surfing gamers
Not as physically customisable as other controllers
Seriously expensive