Celebrate The Nintendo Switch's First Birthday by Using a PS4 Pad to Play on it

By Dave Meikleham on at

Nintendo's adorable/surprisingly good handheld hybrid came out one year ago today. As it turns the grand old age of one, a shiny new peripheral has turned up, providing plenty of additional pad options for those not keen on stumping up for the system's pricey Pro Controller.

All images: 8Bitdo

8Bitdo's Wireless Bluetooth Adapter is currently on sale at Amazon for £15.99. The gizmo, which cutely mimics the classic cartoon brick aesthetic of early Super Mario games, let's you use a number of controllers from other consoles on the handheld; like a PS4 or PS4 pad, Wii U Pro Controller, or even the Wii-mote.

The adapter isn't just compatible with Switch, either. It can also be used with Mac, Windows, Android TV, Retrofreak and Raspberry Pi devices.

If you want to connect your trusty DualShock 4 to your Switch, you first need to go to System Settings, then Controller and Sensors. Next, find 'Pro Controller Wired Communication', turn it on, then you can pair the adapter (and any devices it's connected to) with the Switch.

Darling, isn't it? 

Personally, I think the Pro Controller is a fab pad, but considering Nintendo's official peripheral still retails for a whopping £54.99, I can see the appeal of wanting to pair that PS4 pad you may already have laying around the house with Ninty's awesome little console.

If you've already bought 8Bitdo's adapter, but are having troubles getting it paired with your Switch, check out this online manual for the device.

[The Verge]