Xbox Adaptive Controller works with Nintendo Switch

Find out how you can use the Xbox Adaptive Controller as a viable alternative to Joy-Cons with your Nintendo Switch.


If you use the Xbox Adaptive Controller or know someone who does, this is great news: the Xbox Adaptive Controller works on the Nintendo Switch.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller, which was created for gamers with limited mobility, can indeed be made to work on the system, as demonstrated by YouTuber My Mate Vince. Using a variety of adapter switches you can connect it to the handheld system, which lets you customize the setup to your liking. You do need the Magic-NS adapter (which comes with a USB Type-C cord) to get started, as the video notes, as well as some cheap joysticks and 3.5 mm audio cables to make your own switches.

The Nintendo Switch's controls on the Joy-Con, particularly, can be a bit difficult to use for players who have issues using regular controllers, so it makes sense that some folks might need additional assistance when it comes to playing with Nintendo's console. This video offers a great how-to instructional approach for how you can set up your own Nintendo Switch with your Xbox Adaptive Controller.

For the uninitiated, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is meant to help improve accessibility when it comes to disabled gamers. It's a slim rectangular controller that's about a foot long and features two large buttons that can be mapped to any function as well as a d-pad, menu button, view button, and Xbox home button with USB ports on the side. It also has 19 3.5 mm jacks to connect various assistive devices. It's available now for $99.99 (since early September) if you're interested in putting together your own setup.

Have you attempted to use this controller with the Nintendo Switch before? Let us know how it worked out for you in the Chatty thread below and if it's been a big help with improving accessibility.

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From The Chatty
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    November 26, 2018 10:35 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Xbox Adaptive Controller works with Nintendo Switch

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      November 26, 2018 10:53 AM

      That is cool! I wish Nintendo would be more active in the accessibility space on their own.

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        November 26, 2018 11:08 AM

        Nintendo of America use too. There were one of the more ability focus company that employed people who did nothing but build custom controllers for disabled gamers. After the wii, they were forced to stop for some reason by Nintendo of Japan.

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      November 26, 2018 11:06 AM

      I tried to use it on a ps4 and it doesn't work at all. Surprised it works here.

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        November 26, 2018 11:16 AM

        They're going through adapters. There are probably similar solutions on PS4

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          November 26, 2018 7:11 PM

          There are adapters to use xbox one controllers on the ps4. I have one called Zim Apex. It will recognize the dpad and the big buttons but anything attached to it won't work. Zim says a custom driver would have to be written for the ps4 for the adaptive controller

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            November 27, 2018 1:43 AM

            Interesting; you'd think it'd be more or less a standard X-input device.

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        November 26, 2018 2:35 PM

        Unlike Sony and anybody, MS and Nintendo seem to be playing together nicely.

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          November 26, 2018 7:23 PM

          Imagine if the next Xbox and Switch allowed for streaming of Xbox games to a Switch device and being able to play Nintendo Games on Xbox hardware. All cross-platform and shared multiplayer.

          Sony would shit their pants haha.

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