Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
This controller comes with a big ‘but why?’ attached to it, even from those of us who have not yet gotten the ability to own a switch. Let us explain, with a switch you technically have a controller in the form of a hand-held portable player, to begin with, after all, that is why it is called a ‘switch’. The concept for Nintendo’s latest console is actually pretty incredible all on its own, and when using the switch’s built-in controller aspects, you have a controller that also acts as a menu pad as well. So, when this was made you got the immediate response from everyone.
Well, to be honest, if you are typically going to use it as a portable system, it may not be the greatest investment you can make, but if you are going to play for hours while connected to the TV, or really enjoy your fighting games, you just might want to honestly consider getting this accessory. In truth, the Pro Controller seems to be built with the players who prefer sitting in front of their TV to the game for extended periods. It is more comfortable to hold and compared to the controllers for the PS4 and Xbox One with how good they are. Another aspect that makes them outperform old school controllers is, like the competitors, they are wireless and use Bluetooth tech to play. So, in answer to the question of why they are worth looking at? If you are of the old school players- they will make long term gaming less hard on your hands and wrists.
- Easier handling for extended play
- Allows the switch to stay hooked in
- 40 hours of play
- USB charged
- Built-in Amiibo reader
- Trigger buttons a little stiff
The design itself resembles the Xbox 360 controller, which is arguably one of the best-designed controllers to have emerged on the gaming market. The way it is held and used, and the ease you have switching between the sticks and buttons are almost identical and causes less wear on the user. The plastic is also semi-see through, which makes an already great controller design also look awesome with the circuit-like appearance. The hardware is of course built to connect wirelessly to the connect, and so you can’t go using it with other gaming machines- not even older Nintendo’s. but those of us who have been playing a while, we are not surprised. Controllers are not usually backward compatible. However, as a great side note, they are compatible with your PC, which makes it an awesome buy. The reason it can be connected is that it is Bluetooth, though getting it to run right may actually take some research to get the driver installed. With some of the games that are being made for the PC and the console though, it may be worth it to do.
Rather than having to plug and play with the handheld when on the TV, you can set the main portable onto its docking charger, and just use the wireless controller instead whenever you are hooked up to the TV. This means you need only take the portable switch off of its pad when you are using it for the portability aspect of the games. They even made sure that the controller had the ability to scan in your Amiiba miniatures, so you can still get all the goodies in your games, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and not need to switch out to do so. Of course, if you got the console to have as a portable and really do not tend to sit and play on the TV much, you might not get as much use. This does not make it not worth it, but it does beg that original question. When we play long games with amazing graphics, though, most of us do enjoy the larger flat screen HD TVs to play, and a more comfortable controller just because we probably will be there long enough to notice a massive difference in play. (Gotta get the Master Sword before grabbing all the big cut scenes!)
Fortunately, this seems to be the only real downside according to everyone. The battery life is more than amazing, and most admit they have not actually needed to charge due to actual battery life being low. Instead, most end up setting back into its port because they finished playing long before the batteries have begun to say they needed it. On top of that, not a single person had complaints with the response of the controller and the games. This controller is actually better than most in both categories.
Wanting connectivity is a big part of why a lot of switch users are getting the Pro as well. The actual Switch controllers have seen more than their fair share of issues in use. Anything from an aquarium to other wireless devices can affect their signal and actually cause them to drop signal. It is because of this that many went for the Pro controller to use when not on the portable. The connectivity is much better, and you can stay connected over 40 meters away from the device and even through walls according to some customers who have tested theirs just to see if and how much better they really are.
-Over 30 meters of connection
-Can still scan Amiiba’s
-Can play when charging
-Well-designed button layout