Put the old controllers back to use
Nintendo Switch supports many types of controllers. It is even possible to use Xbox One controllers and PS4 on Switch, as long as you have the appropriate Nintendo Switch controller adapter.
The instructions in this article apply to official PS4 and Xbox One controllers, but many third-party controllers work with the Switch as well.
What controllers work on Switch?
Along with the Joy-Cons that come with the system, the Switch supports several alternatives, including Nintendo Switch Pro and Wii U Pro controllers. You can even use a GameCube controller if you have the GameCube Adapter for Wii U. You can also use one of the many third-party gamepads available for the Switch.
Surprisingly, the Switch supports controllers for other game consoles, including the DualShock 4 and many Xbox controllers. Most of the controllers that work with the PS4 and Xbox One are compatible with Nintendo’s console, including arcade-style combat sticks like the Mayflash F300.
Using a PS4 or Xbox One controller is not ideal for playing Switch exclusive games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but they could be better for playing retro games and 2D platforms like Mega Man 11.
Nintendo Switch Controller Adapters
Although the Nintendo Switch has Bluetooth functionality, you need a special adapter to connect third-party devices. The Mayflash Magic-NS Wireless Controller Adapter is a versatile tool that works with many consoles, so it’s a worthwhile investment if you have a lot of old devices.
Other options include the 8Bitdo, which also supports Wii Remotes and DualShock 3 controllers. Given the Switch Pro controller’s hefty price tag, a $ 20 adapter is best if you already have units for other systems. Make sure it is compatible with the Switch.
You can only connect one controller per adapter, so you will need two adapters to use multiple devices.
To connect an official DualShock 4 controller to your Nintendo Switch, follow these steps:
If your DualShock 4 is synced with a PlayStation 4 console, unplug the console before you begin so that it does not interfere with the Switch adapter.
- Place your Switch in the dock and turn it on.
- Plug the Magic-NS into one of the nintendo switch’s USB ports.
- Use the Joy-Con controllers to wake up your Switch, then press on L+R to pair the two Joy-Cons with the console.
- Select System settings from the home screen.
- Select Controllers and sensors, then select Pro Controller Wired Communication to activate it.
- Select OK.
- Connect the PS4 controller to the Magic-NS with a USB cable. The LED light on the controller should turn on, indicating that it has been detected.
- Press and hold the black button on the top of the Magic-NS adapter until the light on the back begins to flash.
- Simultaneously press the button PS and the button Share on the DualShock 4. The adapter should detect this automatically.
- Unplug your PS4 controller from the adapter and use it wirelessly as if it were a Switch Pro controller.
The steps for using an Xbox One controller with the Switch are the same as setting up a PS4 controller. Hold the button pairing dark on the Xbox One controller when you press the button on the adapter until the Xbox LED light starts flashing.
The buttons on the Xbox One controller are analogous to the Switch Pro. The only major difference is that you have to press on View+Menu to capture a screenshot.
The Mayflash Magic-NS Adapter comes equipped with a button and sticker mapping guide that you can place on your non-Switch controllers.
Limitations of using a PS4 or Xbox Controller card with the Switch
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to wake the Switch from sleep mode with a non-Nintendo controller, so you’ll still need a pair of Joy-Cons. You may also need to rid your Switch and put it back for the adapter to recognize other controllers. That said, since both Joy-Cons are still working while the PS4 controller is connected, you can play multiplayer games with your PS4 controller.
Button mapping is intuitive, although it’s important to note that tapping the touchpad on the PS4 controller will take screenshots. The button Share on the DualShock 4 is also mapped to the minus button (–) on the Joy-Con.