Even More PC Controller Choice It Seems... Nintendo Switch

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2017 - 07:01 AM |
Tagged: switch, Nintendo, gamepad

While mouse and keyboard is awesome for many games, a few benefit from the layout of a gamepad (or the way it’s used). There was a drought in these for a few years, particularly around the ~2007 time-frame, but this console generation provides us PC gamers with quite a few competent options. When they launched, both the PS4 and the Xbox One allowed their controllers to be used on the PC, and both eventually provided wireless adapters to make it function. Microsoft did it for Windows 10, and Sony did it for PlayStation Now. Even Valve got their Steam Controller out there, which is definitely an alternate alternative, like it or hate it. Personally, I’ve never tried.

While Nintendo hasn’t really ever supported the PC market, apart from, like, Mario is Missing, their Bluetooth-based controllers also never really tried to block PCs from using them. Apparently, the Nintendo Switch is no exception, and its Pro Controller seemingly just connects with the old gamepad API.

This isn’t supported, so it’s probably best to not go out and buy it for the PC, but feel free to try it if you already have a Switch and Pro Controller (and a Bluetooth adapter for your PC).

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March 6, 2017 | 08:41 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

>Monolithic GARBAGE of a "d-pad" once again
PASS. Nobody can beat Sony's GODLIKE d-pad so far yet once again. Utterly laughable, considering that Sony's GODLIKE d-pad design didn't change since the very first joypad model from the effing 1994. Perfection is a perfection, I guess. Nothing can beat it, no one can come close to it.

March 6, 2017 | 11:24 AM - Posted by quest4glory

That's a personal preference, not worth arguing. I happen to prefer the Nintendo style D-pad (and they invented it.)

March 6, 2017 | 01:02 PM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

"Nintendo style d-pad" is just a monolithic d-pad. It doesn't make it any better just because it's Nintendo. That design was always worse than Sony's GODLIKE invention. You're in full-on "pink rosed glasses" mode, basically, because you're implying that Famicom's/NES' d-pad is better than Sony's.

March 6, 2017 | 03:49 PM - Posted by mLocke

Best Sony d-pad is on the Vita. DualShock is patent-dodging trash.

March 7, 2017 | 02:15 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

You're not trying hard enough, kid.

March 7, 2017 | 06:14 AM - Posted by mLocke

Sega Saturn has the best D-Pad.

March 7, 2017 | 10:03 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Saturn's d-pad is Genesis'/MegaDrive's d-pad 2.0, same shit in slightly better package. Nothing can come even remotely close to the GODLIKE PERFECTION that is Sony's proprietary non-monolithic d-pad design.

March 6, 2017 | 04:29 PM - Posted by quest4glory

You are the worst troll ever. I said it's a personal preference and there's no need to argue about it, and yet you try to troll and argue about something that, again, is a personal preference. There literally can't be a "best" because it's a subjective opinion. Always. Forever. Delete your account.

March 7, 2017 | 02:17 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

Uh-huh, because everyone and anyone who disagrees with your so-called "opinion" is automatically a troll. Read a book already.

March 6, 2017 | 01:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They didn't invent it.

March 6, 2017 | 04:30 PM - Posted by quest4glory

They had the patent on it, look it up. That's all that's relevant.

March 6, 2017 | 11:10 AM - Posted by CNote

How come more motherboards don't have Bluetooth built in? My old Asus P8P67 had it back in 2011, it also cost $250 at the time. Might not be as useful as having it on a laptop though since I never used it.

March 6, 2017 | 12:29 PM - Posted by remc86007

I completely agree. I have several devices that I'd like to be able to hook up to my desktop, but I haven't bothered to buy an adapter. I think it might become more of a thing now that Microsoft is pushing Bluetooth connectivity more (Xbox one s controller, Surface mouse, etc.)

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