Let's be honest. While the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons are great for quick multiplayer, they aren't the best option for playing the best Nintendo Switch games for long stretches. My fingers tend to go numb while grasping them for too long. If you don't like the feel of these small gamepads, then there's always the Switch Pro Controller, but that's rather expensive. The good news is, if you already have a PS5 lying around, you can use a PS5 controller on Switch. All you need is a wireless adapter.
Some things to note
- The PS5 DualSense Controller's advanced haptic feedback and microphone will not work on the Nintendo Switch. However, it can still be used to play Switch games.
- This adapter works with both the original Switch and the Switch OLED.
- It does not work with the Nintendo Switch Lite out of the box. You will need to purchase a separate USB-C to USB cable in order for it to work on the Switch Lite. Plug the adapter into the cable then plug the other end in to the Switch Lite's USB-C port.
With that information out of the way, let's dive in!
Products used in this guide
- Adapt it: 8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter
- Next-gen controller PS5 DualSense Controller
How to use a PS5 Controller on Nintendo Switch consoles
Wireless adapters only work while the Switch is connected to the Dock or with a USB-C adapter.
- Plug in the adapter into one of the Switch Dock's USB ports
On your Switch's main menu, select System Settings.
- Scroll down to Controllers and Sensors.
Select Pro Controller Wired Communications to turn it on.
While your Switch is still docked and awake, push in the Pairing button on the bottom of the wireless adapter. This will make the blinking light flash faster.
Now hold down the PS5 DualSense's PS button and Share button simultaneously for five seconds. Blue lights will eventually pulse around the touchpad, letting you know the PS5 controller is in pairing mode.
When both the adapter and the PS5 controller stop flashing and hold a steady color, the two will have paired. Now you can start playing your favorite Switch games with the PS5 controller!
Remember that you won't experience any of the advanced haptic feedback or microphone options you get while playing PS5 games. Additionally, the touchpad functions as the screenshot button, so simply press it to capture gameplay stills.
Other Nintendo Switch controllers
The most popular Nintendo Switch gamepad is the Pro Controller. It features amiibo scanning, rumble, motion controls, and it has a great shape and heft to it.
If the PS5 DualSense Controller and the Pro Controllers are a bit too expensive, be sure to check out the best Nintendo Switch controllers. They're much less expensive and feel great in your hands.
Our top equipment picks
8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter
The 8Bitdo Wireless adapter is designed in such a way that you can use several different controllers with the Switch, whether they be PlayStation or Xbox devices. Just plug it in, follow the instructions, and you'll be playing wirelessly in no time.
DualSense PS5 Wireless Controller
The PS5's controller is a major upgrade from the PS4's DualShock. It feels hefty in your hands, the triggers press in wonderfully, and it has a far more traditional shape than the Joy-Cons. Just note that you won't be able to use the advanced haptic feedback or mic on the Switch.
Other wireless Switch options
If you don't want to go with the 8BitDo wireless adapter, here are some other options to consider.
YCCTEAM Game Controller ($24 at Amazon)
I personally bought this a few months ago and have been using it consistently for months with my Switch. I highly recommend it as it costs less than many other options, features motion controls, rumble, and even amiibo scanning. Plus, it feels great in your hands.
PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller (From $34 at Amazon)
Instead of getting a wireless adapter, you could always opt for this third-party Switch controller. It features motion controls, rumble, and is powered by two AA batteries. Plus, it comes in dozens of different color options, many with Nintendo characters on them.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($59 at Amazon)
If using an adapter sounds like too much of a hassle, you might as well get the Pro Controller. It has an ergonomic design that's more in-line with traditional gamepads. Plus, it was specifically designed for the Switch.
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