Asus has launched its latest ROG Raikiri series of gaming controllers for PC and Xbox consoles at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023. After introducing additional screens to its Republic of Gamers (ROG) series of laptops and smartphones, Asus has now added an OLED screen to the latest Raikiri controllers. The ROG Raikiri series includes two controllers, the standard Asus ROG Raikiri controller, which offers wired connectivity, and the high-end ROG Raikiri Pro controller, which offers wireless connectivity and a 1.3-inch OLED display. Along with a lineup of Asus laptops and ROG hardware announced at the ongoing CES 2023 in Las Vegas, the ROG Raikiri series controllers will be available in the first quarter of this year. However, Asus has not revealed any pricing details for the products.
Asus ROG Raikiri controller specs
The Asus ROG Raikiri controller is the standard model and offers wired connectivity only. Expect it to be the more affordable of the two when pricing for the controllers is announced. The controller aims to provide the basics with two additional buttons on the back, both of which are programmable with Asus’ Armory Crate software.
The rear buttons can also be programmed to customize joystick connectivity. There are selectable triggers on the rear with adjustable range and adjustable dead zones (via the app). While the design is very similar to the more premium Raikiri Pro controller, it offers a four-way cross pattern D-pad instead and borrows the built-in ESS Dac and 3.5mm headphone jack from the pro version. The ROG controller also gets Asus RGB Aura lighting that can be customized using the app. Like the Raikiri Pro, the standard model connects to both Xbox consoles and PCs.
Asus ROG Raikiri Pro controller specs
The Asus ROG Raikiri Pro controller, also announced at CES 2023, may not be the first controller to offer a visible screen, but it is the first to offer tri-mode connectivity. This means the ROG Raikiri Pro controller can connect via a wired USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5 and also via 2.4 GHz RF. While the three modes work primarily for PCs, the controller also connects to Xbox consoles via the wired route.
Asus also claims its wireless connectivity options are wrapped in Adaptive frequency hopping technology (AFH) to minimize interference from other Bluetooth devices while gaming. While the controls are similar to the standard ROG Raikiri controller, it has a better 8-way D-pad and four additional buttons on the back that can be customized using the Armory Crate software.
Unlike the standard model, there’s a 1.3-inch OLED display, which is very similar to that of Asus’ premium ROG Phone 6 Pro. The mini display can be personalized to display a custom image, animation or text using the Armory Crate software. Since it’s not touch-sensitive, Asus has placed two physical buttons at the top of the screen for switching between device profiles (while gaming) and more. And as with all things Asus, even these two buttons are programmable through the Armory Crate software.
Asus’ Raikiri Pro isn’t the first game controller with a built-in display. Recent leaks have also revealed that Microsoft is interested in the idea. However, according to a report by Goz Chinathe screen appears quite a bit larger than the Asus’ 1.3-inch OLED panel and closer in size to the Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 controller’s touchpad.