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Nintendo Switch’s Pro controller will also work on your PC

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It’s not perfect, but this is a bit of extra value

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The $70 Pro controller for the Nintendo Switch will be a popular accessory when the console is released, as we’ve found that the standard Joy-Con is a bit cramped for some people. One detail has come to light that may make that price a bit easier to justify, however: The Pro controller also works on your PC.

The controller connects using Bluetooth and can’t be played and charged at the same time, even with a USB cable attached, but it reportedly has no lag when used on PC games. It also works using DirectInput, which means no XInput support at this time, but that’s an issue you can work around.

You can watch the above video to see the controller in action, and the video below answers some of the commonly asked questions other fans had about how this all works, but you also need to be aware that the Pro controller does not have analog triggers. That exclusion may be an issue in some PC games where fine control over things like throttle may be necessary.

But overall this is good to know, and will hopefully help take at least a little bit of the sting out of the controller’s price tag. You can read our review of the Nintendo Switch if you’re still on the fence, and you may even be able to find one at launch if you haven’t pre-ordered.