Accessory maker 8Bitdo is launching a new Bluetooth adapter which allows you to use all manner of controllers with your Nintendo Switch.
The device - which sports a brick-like design that is no doubt inspired by Super Mario Bros. - plugs into the USB port of the Switch dock. Once connected, it allows you to link up a variety of pads, including 8Bitdo's own range of controllers and - most interestingly - Sony DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 pads. Support for the Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller is also included, if you'd rather keep things strictly Nintendo.
It can also be used with other systems, like Android-based TV boxes, Raspberry Pi units and the CyberGadget RetroFreak console.
The USB Bluetooth Adapter costs $19.99 and is available now from Amazon.
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While I adore the design of the PS4 controller, the 8 hour battery makes it by far the worst controller this gen. I think the X1 controller is a major downgrade compared to 360, yeah it has a better D-Pad but I’ve had to have my controller replaced 5 times as that same D-Pad has broken 5 times so my winner, by a clear country mile is the 60 hour battery work horse the Switch’s Pro Controller.
Don’t 8bitdo’s controllers already work with switch?
@RusevDay agree about the PS4 pad battery life, it really is horrible. Had read that the xb1 pad wasn’t durable as well which is a shame as the 360 one was great. I love my pro controller. So comfortable to use.
Very interesting. But is it possible Nintendo can undo this compatibility with a future firmware update? If not then I'll probably get his.
If you are interested in this, you should also look into the "Mayflash Nintendo Switch Magic-NS Wireless Controller Adapter". I ordered one last week and it works well. It's important to note that it only adapts one controller at a time.
The price trade off is interesting, though. If you imagine buying a new controller at $20-$25 off, you might reconsider these.
For me, I also have a Mac and PC so, these types of things allow me to reduce the number of controllers (it's frankly been ridiculous how many we've gathered over the decades).
From an amazon review comparing the functionality of the two devices:
"Pros over the Mayflash Magic-NS
-Supports 8BitDo's line of controllers
-$5 cheaper (as of writing)
Cons compared to the Magic-NS
-Single Joy-Con mode only
-Can't swap button mapping between XBOX and Nintendo mapping
-Doesn't support attaching it to a PS3 (untested but not listed as supported)
-Doesn't support XBOX One Bluetooth controllers
-Doesn't support wired passthrough (used for both pairing and for allowing some extra controllers Switch support)"
@YoshiPilot I have the Famicom shaped one and it does work with the Switch after you upgrade its firmware, but only about half the time. I mostly used it with my PC lately instead.
@Paperboy I don't think so. It is emulating a controller connected via USB which I don't think Nintendo will take away. Also, I don't think Nintendo will be too concerned.
What I'm most interested in knowing, is if using this specific adapter other a generic bluetooth USB dongle will have reduced latency.
When I use my 8bitdo SF30 Pro or SFC30 on the Switch, there's virtually no latency, but when I connect them via bluetooth to my Windows PC, there's a very noticeable latency, which is a dealbreaker. Luckily I can just connect with any old USB cable to get around that.
Would this also work with Bluetooth headphones, or is it just controllers? I find it incredibly annoying that I can't use my headphones with my Switch.
@Hikingguy Haha. That is very true! The Mayflash one is a black block with a label on one side explaining how it works. I have mine attached to the side of the dock and it's awkward there.
The Mayflash came with a USB-C to USB-A short cable to use it without the dock. Not sure if this one comes with that (and I don't remember it advertised on the Mayflash product page either, it was a pleasant surprise).
But, yeah, no bricks!
@RupeeClock Hard to say, but it sounds like the bluetooth on your PC could be old. The good thing here is that the adapter is doing all the bluetooth and is connected through USB. So, it won't be using your PC's bluetooth at all.
@SmaggTheSmug Ah. Hope the issue doesn’t happen with the SN30 pro.
@Strix This is definitely just controllers. It is making a bluetooth connection to the controller and translating it into the right signals for a USB connected controller of a different type. No audio processing unfortunately.
Cool. Hope you guys review it.
I own 4 DS4s, but only have one Switch Pro Controller & I’m not really interested in buying more controllers this gen.
In the case of my ThinkPad X220 laptop, the internal bluetooth might be a bit dated.
On my PC, I'd been using an old cheap generic dongle I got from Tescos, but also tried getting a newer higher-end ASUS dongle that oddly enough seemed less compatible with a number of devices.
I guess I'll put this dongle on my wishlist, it might work nicely but I sure don't need it.
Well that is interesting. May look into this. I have a Swtich pro controller, but I also have four PS3 controllers and three PS4 ones, plus a bunch of Wiimotes and a Wii U pro controller.
I won't need to buy any new controllers....
Happy with my Mayflash dongle adapter, very reliable and can switch on the fly from my Switch (with Wii U Pro controller for D-pad platformers) to my PC (with Switch Pro controller).
There's better ones out there that will do this also. It looks cool though, if you don't care about the features it doesn't support.
Gyro in wiimotes and DS4 supported?
Perfect! No need to buy another four joy con...
Still waiting on adapter to use SN30 Pro on PS4!!! Come on guys!!!
The DS4 is the worst thing about the PS4. I've had 6 of them break on me (those weak shoulder triggers), the battery life is atrocious, the dpad sucks, the home button is too close to the thumb sticks, the giant blue light bar is annoying, the massive plastic touch pad is completely useless... I could go on. No thanks, I'll stick with my Switch Pro controller.
Saw this earlier this month.
I hope Some one does an in depth video on this one
@RusevDay You get 8 hours battery life out of a DualShock 4?! I'm lucky to get 2...
I have to plug the charging cable in so frequently, it actually annoys me that they can get away with selling it as a 'wireless' controller!
i can play odyssey with the style of a wii remote.
That's pretty much a no-brainer purchase.
We all have bluetooth compliant controllers lying around, so this is great for quick multiplayer fun if you don't want to buy lots of new Switch controllers.
@gcunit "Gyro in wiimotes and DS4 supported?"
The official page says "DualShock 4 support vibration / 6-axis motion on Switch" (so that's good) but nothing on the Wiimote.
Interesting. This could be the key to me getting a proper 6 button pad for the upcoming SF collection...can't be using triggers for those.
Interesting, I guess? Cool, but the Switch Pro Controller is my favorite by far. Even without analog triggers.
Does it work the other way? Can I use my Switch Pro controller with PS4?
Too late 8Bitdo, CooV already took your money. Should had done this sooner.
@SimplyCinnamon53 that sounds way better
@RupeeClock hey, I’d like to ask you a question as I saw you mention you have an 8bitdo SF30 Pro (which is exactly the one I’d like to buy), as this article has confused me a bit: if I were to buy the controller, would I require this adapter?
To be clearer: I’ve always believed the SF30 Pro works with the Switch by default (without Bluetooth adapters), ain’t that right?
If it supports the audio from the controller like with the PS4, I'll gladly cash in but if it's just an adapter with nothing new to add, no thanks. I'll stick to the Pro controller for the Switch and the PS4 Controller for my PS4 till that change actually comes
@RusevDay I agree the Switch pro controller is the king of this generation. I actually just picked up a PS4 a few months ago and after owning the Switch Pro controller I thought my PS4 controller had a broken battery. After every use it showed the batter was half dead or close to it. Where as my pro controller can go forever and still look fully charged. It wasn't until I googled PS4 controller battery life that I realized this is the norm. I was just so used to the long battery life of my pro controller.
the real question is: can i connect bluetooth headphones with it?
@clvr The adapter is not needed to use the 8bitdo SF30 Pro or SFC30 on the switch, as the controllers can connect as a switch Pro controller. In the case on the SFC30 Pro, it's a 1:1 controller mapping too, except for lacking an NFC scanner. I do highly recommend the controller, I've clocked over 240 hours on Xenoblade 2 with it.
@RupeeClock thank you, much appreciated! 😄
I’m thinking of buying it as I tend to prefer symmetrical sticks, so it’s nice to know it’s a morethan viable option 😃
Hey cool, now I can use a [BAD] controller on my Switch.
Cool. Can't imagine why I wouldn't just use the joycon controllers (or the 8bitdo SNES controller for games that really feel like they need a proper D-Pad), but it's nice to have the option.
Is this compatible with PC? Mine doesn't have a bluetooth adapter and I've been thinking about getting one to use my controllers.
Edit: OK, it does work with PC. Now, this or Mayflash Nintendo Switch Magic-NS Wireless Controller Adapter?
So will this work with PS4 arcade stick?
@RusevDay You mean 40. And that is really pushing it. Personally I always remembered it being 30, even. But 40 is what Nintendo is claiming.
Why the f*** would I want to use one of the worst controllers ever made on a console that already had 3 of the best controllers ever made????
Would you be able to use pointer controls with the Wii Remotes?
This articles sport a bit of a "sponsored content" patina.
Is it possible we will see an actual review of this device on the site?
I'd love to hear if it does things as well as it claims to, because if this is the case, then it really is a good deal.
The better question is, why on Earth would I ever choose to use a Dualshock over the Switch Pro-controller? I would actually pick one of these up to use with my Wii U pro BUT the Wii U pro-controller uses the old USB-Mini charger, not the USB-Micro or USB-C. The only other controller I have that uses that cord is the PS3 Dualshock and I don't keep that charged for the same reason.
As it is, I have almost managed to replace all my cords and devices with USB-C stuff. Only my PS4 controller, old tablet and back up batteries are different, and they all use the USB-micro.
Wow, I rambled a lot there...
SWITCH PRO CONTROLLER IS BEST CONTROLLER!
not, ps4 or Xbone - I didn't like those. .
Can I use an Xbox controller instead??? I mean is it compatible?
More options is always great but even as more of a PlayStation guy and somebody who's a big fan of the Dualshock 4, I'd say this really isn't that needed because the Switch Pro controller is absolutely brilliant.
I got my son the Magic-NS because couldn't afford a Switch Pro Controller but has a couple Wii U Pro Controllers which he's loving using when playing docked. It's a third of the price so a cheap alternative until he save for a Switch Pro Controller.
I went the other way and bought a Magic-S (PS3/PS4 version) so I can play FPS with the Wii U Pro Controller.. . I just can't play with analogue sticks down the bottom after too many hours playing COD BLOPS 2 and Ghosts on Wii U 😁
Question: Is there any way to use a Switch Pro controller on a Wii U? I don't own a Wii U Pro Controller, and if I could use my Switch controller with it that would be really convenient.
@nintendolife Can I assume you will be reviewing this?
It's seems to be a convenient way to use old but still awesome Wii Fightsticks by Mad Catz on Switch, can't wait to test it. If it'll work I'm saved from buying those overpriced Hori controllers for fighting titles.
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