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Can you connect PS4 controller to Nintendo Switch explained

Nintendo Switch owners enjoy the gaming experience with Joy-Cons. These are two separate controllers that are designed exclusively for playing on the Nintendo Switch. However, the thing is, they have a rather non-standard shape for a regular controller, and many people can’t take long to get used to them. Some people find the shape of Joy-Cons uncomfortable and the size small and prefer classic controllers from the PS or Xbox.

The good thing is, the Nintendo Switch supports other controllers like that PS4 controller and Xbox One controller so if you’re into one of those, all you need is to set it up with the console. If you want to use a PS4 controller with your Switch, follow the steps in this guide.

Is Nintendo Switch supports third party controllers

The thing is that the Nintendo Switch is an adaptive console. Besides the fact that it can work with the basic Nintendo controllers GameCube and Wii U Pro, it also allows you to play on the controllers of its competitors (PS4 and Xbox).

If you have a Wii U adapter, you can safely use your old GameCube controller with the Switch. If you don’t have the default Nintendo adapter, third-party adapters can also work fine.

In 2021, with the popularity of gaming consoles, Nintendo did a good thing by giving users the ability to combine controllers of different consoles with the Switch. If you are into fighting games, you’ll also be pleased to know that you can use specialized arcade fight sticks with the Switch too.

Is Bluetooth adapter required using a PS4 wireless controller on Nintendo Switch

If you are going to use a PS4 Dualshock controller with your Switch, you will need to get a Bluetooth adapter

But you won’t be able to use the adapter that connects the Joy-Cons to the console. Since it is designed exclusively for the latter. So you must have another adapter in order to connect the DualShock.

There’s no specific Bluetooth adapter that Nintendo recommends but some of the known brands that work seamlessly with the Switch are 8bitdo and Mayflash.

How to use a wireless PS4 controller on your Nintendo Switch

Once you have the third-party Bluetooth adapter taken care of, you simply have to plug it into the dock to connect your PS4 controller to your Nintendo Switch.

Note: before connecting to the dock, make sure that the DualShock controller is not synced with the PS4. Otherwise, interference may occur.

In this guide, you will find out how to connect an adapter and synchronize your controller with Nintendo Switch:

  • Plug in the USB wireless adapter into a USB port in the dock
  • Place the Nintendo Switch in the dock and turn it on
  • Wake the Switch up using a Joy-Con controller and press L+R to pair both Joy-Cons with the console
  • Go to the Nintendo Home screen and select System Settings
  • Select Controllers and Sensors
  • Select Pro Controller Wired Communication
  • Select OK
  • Push the Pairing button on your wireless adapter
  • Get your PS4 controller and hold down the PS button and Share button at the same time. If the light on the controller starts blinking, it means that it’s in pairing mode
  • Once the PS4 controller light stops blinking and turns blue, that’s an indication that it’s paired successfully with the USB wireless adapter

So now you are able to play on the Nintendo Switch with DualShock, but you keep in mind that this controller was not originally created for the Nintendo Switch and be aware that somewhere there may be bugs – the console may not recognize the controller from time to time or key combinations will not work as they should in some moments.



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