Switch Pro Controller can work on PC

Just days before the Nintendo Switch ushers in a new generation, some of the early units are out in the wild. Those who got their hands on the system have been toying around to see what they can find. Yet some are experimenting with the accessories, and it seems there is some good news for PC players.

Redditor CalKnight  [via NintendoEverything] confirmed that the Pro Controller does indeed work with the PC via Bluetooth. He broke the news that the controller was working with the incredible GameCube and Wii emulator, Dolphin. CalKnight created a video which you can find below, showing his findings when experimenting with the controller.

CalKnight released another video soon after, answering some of the questions from the community. He gives explanation of how to connect the controller, confirms support with Android devices (although not ideal) and that it does work with Steam’s Big Picture mode. The controller cannot be connected to USB and Bluetooth at the same time, meaning simultaneous playing and charging is not an option.

The final element worth noting is that the controller does not use the standard XInput, instead using DirectInput. This means that games designed with XInput devices (Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers) will not detect the Pro ControllerThis could be rectified by a driver install but no confirmation from CalKnight just yet on that front.

This is a nice little addition that might help that steep price tag on the Switch Pro Controller. The current asking price by local distributors is R1,199 which is high regardless of how you look at it, but it might be more considerable with this piece of news. The Nintendo Switch is just two days away and the excitement is palpable. With the juggernaut of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild hitting launch day, some gorgeous up and coming titles and the recently revealed massive Indie Support, there is a lot to be happy about.

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