Turns out, you can run the Xbox Adaptive Controller on Switch

Oct 25, 2017
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https://youtu.be/cZsaFPN0IrA

As the topic of accessibility in games has come up of late, with Microsoft being particularly praised and Nintendo lambasted for their respective attitudes on the Adaptive Controller - MS making the damn thing, Nintendo apparently refusing to collaborate - it seemed interesting then to learn that someone had actually found a workaround. It's by no means an elegant solution, but it means there are options if one wants to play Nintendo titles but can't make use of their typical control schemes.

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Short summary:
-Enable the Switch to run the pro controller wired
-Use a Magic-NS adapter, set appropriately
-This will convert the signal as it does an Xbox controller
-Voila, Adaptive Controller runs (sometimes, per the video maker) on Switch
-Does require quite a bit of calibration
 
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Oct 29, 2017
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Makes sense that this would work. It's just an X-input controller, like any normal Xbone controller, so any X-input to Switch Pro Controller adapter would allow the Adaptive Controller to work.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Microsoft said they'd work with anyone including Sony and Nintendo with their adaptive controller tech. Those other companies really need to get on board to make a native solution possible.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Microsoft said they'd work with anyone including Sony and Nintendo with their adaptive controller tech. Those other companies really need to get on board to make a native solution possible.
I think Nintendo needs to include options in every game to play without motion controls to start. I get there are things they would like to do with their hardware but it excludes people from playing unfortunately.
 
Feb 12, 2018
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I've always heard about the controller, I've seen the commercials and what-not, but something about this video made me just watch it until the end. I could easily imagine someone setting this up for someone who can't use the small thumbsticks and it really made me appreciate the controller more than I did before.

Great thing to have in the industry.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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This is cool but I wouldn't call buying a USB Xbox/PS4 controller adapter a workaround. Seems like that's exactly what it's supposed to do.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Wait, so if a Switch racing game supports using one of the analog sticks for gas, could you potentially use an analog pedal/other analog/variable contraption (which can be detected as axis) in one of the left/right stick USB ports as an -expensive- workaround to Switch's lack of analog triggers?

Damn interesting device otherwise - props to Microsoft!
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Wait, so if a Switch racing game supports using one of the analog sticks for gas, could you potentially use an analog pedal/other analog/variable contraption (which can be detected as axis) in one of the left/right stick USB ports as an -expensive- workaround to Switch's lack of analog triggers?

Damn interesting device otherwise - props to Microsoft!
Potentially so. Actual support is likely going to be down to testing it for real
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#19
Fairly certain this works with anything from Switch to PS4 and PC.

Micosoft's many innovation and tech awards for this amazing product this year is well deserved. Better than anything Sony and Nintendo has ever developed hardware wise.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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This is no different than getting an xbox controller working on a PS4/Switch. You need a separate adapter to use it. The whole title seems like it would be native.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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With an adapter you can use every controller on every console nowadays. Used the elite on my PS4 before a got a Scuf.
Yeah, there's nothing in particular special happening here in regards to the Adaptive Controller specifically. Controller adapters in general are pretty common, especially for the Switch.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Yeah, there's nothing in particular special happening here in regards to the Adaptive Controller specifically. Controller adapters in general are pretty common, especially for the Switch.
They sure are, there's a very good selection.

These videos are useful though as often people don't know which adapter to buy or how to set it up.