Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Natively Works on PC

Here’s some interesting Nintendo Switch news that isn’t a bizarre controversy. Using a standard Bluetooth connection, the system’s Pro Controller can be used with a PC, more or less plug and play style. Reddit user CalKnight, who acquired the controller early, is the primary source for this, and he used the Dolphin Emulator to demonstrate. He later released a FAQ with more details. 

First, let’s go over a few of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller facts. The controller does not connect via USB, and it is not able to charge while in use with a device. It also uses DirectInput, rather than Xinput. This means games designed for an Xbox-style controller have less functional native support, and drivers will need to be involved. Finally, it also syncs with mobile phones, although CalKnight was only able to test on Android. The controller also works in Steam Big Picture mode!

This seems like a great piece of hidden functionality, and an extension of a new, more open Nintendo that, for example, no longer region-locks its hardware. Playing around with emulation or games that play nice with DirectInput on a controller as solid as this will be a treat, especially for players who currently don’t have an Xbox One controller or something similar.

Source: Reddit

Lucas White
Lucas White

Writing Team Lead
Date: 03/01/2017

03/01/2017 04:10PM


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