How to use Razer Kishi with GeForce Now

Razer Kishi on display at CES 2020
Razer Kishi on display at CES 2020 (Image credit: Russell Holly / Android Central)

The Razer Kishi lets you stream games on your mobile devices with a comfortable gamepad instead of a touchscreen. But if you buy one, you're not going to want to rebuy games you already own to stream them (Stadia) or wait weeks for an invite (Project xCloud). GeForce Now is a great starting point for new Kishi buyers, as they can access their Steam, Origin, Epic and Uplay libraries remotely and dive straight into the fun. Here's how to get started.

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Fill your GeForce Now app with games

You can sign up for NVIDIA GeForce Now on your Android device. But signing up on your PC (or Mac) first can make the process of adding games to your NVIDIA account simpler. Then, you can use the Android app, and your Kishi controller, to dive right into the action.

  1. This guide should help you pick between the free and paid membership options.
  2. Verify your email.
  3. On NVIDIA's site, select Join Today.
  4. Under "Start Gaming With GeForce Now", pick Windows PC or Mac.

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  1. Download and open the GeForce Now desktop application.
  2. Log in to your account.
  3. Using the search bar, find any game you already own on Steam or other game launchers.
  4. Add the game to your library.

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  1. Download NVIDIA GeForce NOW from the Google Play Store.
  2. In the mobile app, log into your NVIDIA account. You should see the game(s) you added in the My Library section.

Using Razer Kishi with NVIDIA GeForce Now

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NVIDIA has regularly supported Razer's mobile gaming controllers on GeForce Now; both the Junglecat and Raiju Mobile were fully compatible with GeForce Now when they launched.

The Kishi, thankfully, is no exception: it is designed to work with GeForce Now with no special Razer app or pairing required. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Slide your smartphone's USB-C port onto the USB-C connector on the Razer Kishi.
  2. Pull out the left half of the Kishi so your phone can slot inside of it. A blue light indicator should turn on if you've successfully inserted your phone.
  3. Open the NVIDIA GeForce Now app. The app should automatically detect the connected Kishi.
  4. Pick a previously selected title in the My Library section, and hit Play. It will check your network connection to make sure your Wi-Fi can handle the game, then (if you're a Free user) put you in a queue to access their service.
  5. Once the game boots, you will need to log in to Steam (or whichever game launcher you bought them game from) before playing.

Download GeForce!

NVIDIA's streaming platform has generated controversy with developers in recent months, with major studios pulling their games from the service. But with new games being added with regularity, GeForce Now has garnered an impressive selection of games; so long as you aren't too attached to particular game franchises, you won't lack for options.

What makes Kishi particularly special for GeForce Now is that it is the only non-Bluetooth gamepad available for Android. Bluetooth controllers frequently come with noticeable input lag, while wired controllers reduce latency greatly for more immediate on-screen response. Plus, while these Bluetooth controllers usually have rechargable batteries that inevitably give out during gaming sessions, the Kishi's pass-through charging system ensures you need only keep your phone charged.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.