The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is one of the more expensive "baseline " controllers of the current console generation, but it is also rugged, fun to play, has an excellent directional pad and has sensors. impressive motion and vibration technology. Besides that, the gamepad uses bluetooth, so you don 't need an adapter to connect it to your.e PC.
The Pro controller appears to Windows as a DirectInput controller rather than an XInput controller as the Xbox Series S / X and Xbox One , so this can be a bit of a chore for the make it work with your PC games. Fortunately, Valve added full Switch Pro controller support to Steam , which probably covers a good chunk of your game library. Non-Steam games require additional steps which we will explain to you.
Of course, you cannot use your Switch Pro controller with your PC until you connect it to your PC for the first time. You haveThere are two options: wired and wireless. Wired is the simplest, but wireless is, well, wireless. And that takes a bit of work.
Connect your Switch Pro controller to PC with a wired connection
- Plug the cable from your Pro controller (or any USB-A-USB-C data cable, or USB-C-USB-C data cable, if applicable) your PC has a USB-C port) into the controller .
- Plug the other end of the cable into your PC.
That's it! The controller will be detected by Windows 10 as "Controller Pro ". You can proceed to the steps of coSteam configuration below.
Connect your Switch Pro controller to a PC with a wireless connection
For that you need a bluetooth adapter or the built-in bluetooth, but it's that simple.
- With the Pro Controller charged, press and hold the Sync button on the top of the gamepad for a few seconds until the lights start to flash.
- Open the system tray and right click on the Bluetooth icon.
- Click on "Add a Bluetooth device ".
- Click on "Add Bluetooth or other device.
- Click on " Bluetooth "(because Windows 10 must be assured that you want to use Bluetooth) .
- The Pro controller should appear in the list of available devices (if not, make sure the LEDs are still flashing in both directions) .Click on it and pair the controller.
- You can now proceed to Steam configuration.
To make sure everything is working as it should between the Pro controller and your pc game you have to use big modePicture from Steam, the couch-oriented menu system that works well with a gamepad.
- If Steam does not automatically open in Big Picture when you connect the Controller Pro, open Steam and enter the Settings menu.
- Click General Controller Settings, which opens a full screen Big Picture window.
- Click "Switch Pro configuration support.
If the Pro controller is connected, the mouse cursor should disappear and you should be able to navigate Big Picture with the gamepad. You can toggle "Use Nintendo Button Layout " depending on whether you prefer A / B / X / Y Buttons to be mapped as whether they're on the Pro Controller (clockwise X, A, B, Y from top), or as they're mapped to an Xbox controller (clockwise) 'a Y, B, A, X watch from haut).
When configured through Steam, the Pro controller should work as an Xbox gamepad with any Steam game . You can turn vibration on and off by clicking on the controller under "Detected Controllers " in the same setup screen as before. If the analog sticks appear to be off, you can calibrate them manually by clicking Calibrate. You can also set how long the controller stays connected before disconnecting, for it to go to sleep.
L Using Big Picture ensures that Steam's controller support and in-game reconfiguration and configuration options appear as they should, which you probably won't if you open a game from within the game. office. This happened when we played No Man 's Sky ; the controller worked with the game through Big Picture, but the mapping was weird when launched through the desktop.
With the game running thro In Big Picture mode, you need to enter the Pro Controller options to view the Steam Switch Pro controller overlay. It allows you to check the controller mappings for different situations and correct them if necessary. You can manually map each input on the Pro Controller to any key or entity.controller, but the default configuration should work for most games. This is useful if commands appear to be slightly out of place with the default settings; running in No Man 's Sky by clicking the right joystick was finicky without manual fixes.
Hardware alternative: 8BitDo Wireless USB adapter
Steam Pro controller support is welcome, but you don 't You're out of luck if you want to play non-Steam games with the controller because of the way Windows detects it. You can fix this problem in two ways:nt a specially designed hardware bluetooth adapter for multiple types of gamepads, or using a software-based XInput wrapper.
The The 8BitDo Wireless USB Adapter is a $ 20 Bluetooth adapter that lets you easily connect the Switch Pro controller, Toggle Joy-Cons, or even the Wii Controller U Pro on your PC. The adapter handles all of the XInput details, so connecting the Switch Pro controller to it with the physical sync button rather than through your PC's Bluetooth menu makes it work as a PC-compatible Xbox gamepad.
Software alternative: DirectInput-to-XInput Wrapper
This is the most powerful and complicated option. Instead of relying on Steam or a USB adapter to do the job, you use a software wrapper to translate Pro controller inputs in a format that Windows 10 can work with better.
X360ce is an open-source program that allows you to control how Windows sees your non-XInput controller. a robust wrapper that emulates an Xbox 360 gamepad by mapping almost all other inputs to gamepad inputs. The project is currently discontinued; x360ce was last updated in 2015.
Software wrappers should do the job if youWe're ready to install them and tinker with them a bit until the Switch Pro controller works the way you want it to. It may take more than a little work; third-party driver wrappers are extremely difficult.
How to connect other controllers
To learn more, see our guide on how to choose the right controller for your PC . If you have a PS4 or Xbox that you want to connect to the PC, we have instructions for those gamepads.
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