3 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Nintendo Switch Controller

Though the Nintendo Switch has only been around for a couple of years, it is a decisive success. The thing is, there are a lot of fans who don’t exactly love the hand cramping and less than ideal function of its palm-sized controllers. Yes, the Nintendo Switch comes with a grip that pairs with the “Joy-Cons” functional as controllers when you aren’t using the handheld mode. And yes, that all works fine, but just as all other techie gadgets end up with some peripherals, so too did the Nintendo Switch.

Chief among the add-ons available from an array of original manufacturer and third-party groups is a controller. Which is the best? If you ask some industry experts, they would say that you shouldn’t just go for the obvious – the Nintendo option – because it may not give you all you want or need out of a Nintendo Switch controller.

As one group explained, “There are controllers that work for every kind of experience you can have with the Switch, including retro games, new releases, action-packed romps, easy-going adventures, and everything in between.”

So, with that in mind, let’s look at three main things to consider before you settle on the Nintendo Switch controller for your optimal gaming experiences.


#1 – How Important Are Ergonomics

This is far more significant than most realize, and especially with Nintendo Switch game controllers. With the native controllers, there have been many complaints associated with feedback from shoulder triggers. The delay between triggering the buttons and response on the screen is enough to force many to hold the devices awkwardly.

Ensuring that you know what sort of design works best with your grip, and finding one that has no delays in feedback from the shoulder triggers is the wisest choice. After all, lots of people ditch the native controls and overcrowded Joy-Cons because they are too tight a fit or not nimble enough for their needs.


#2 – Do You Need to Customize Your Inputs?

It is never easy to hit a circle instead of the A key or the triangle for X. And though lots of gamers say they quickly adapt to the different commands and functions, some find it too challenging to their gaming. Be clear about your needs and whether or not you are going to be satisfied with the outcome from remapping.

Remember too that some controllers won’t provide responses like vibration or feature gyroscopic actions, and if these are important issues, skip the controllers slim on such functions.


#3 – Will It Have to Work with PS4 or Xbox One Pads?

Additional peripherals are a popular thing with gamers, but even with their interest in all kinds of gadgets and gear, few of us want to own a handful of controllers. Consider if the options you choose are, through their Bluetooth capabilities, able to work with other systems – if necessary.

It is never rocket science to figure out what you like, and with those three tips, you can quickly narrow down the options in a Nintendo Switch controller ideal for you.

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