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Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers work with the PC, too

We learned heading into the past weekend that the Nintendo Switch Pro controller will work with PCs via a wireless Bluetooth connection. It turns out that the Switch Joy-Con controllers will, too. As discovered by French site Nintendo Actu (via The Verge), they'll pair up with PCs through Bluetooth in basically the same way as the Pro, although you'll need a separate app, like JoyToKey, to map the buttons.   

DreWoof, who demonstrated the Pro controller working on a PC last week, posted a follow-up on YouTube confirming the Joy-Con's similar functionality. He said that only one of the two controllers can be used at a time in single-player mode, although they are usable simultaneously for two-player games. 

The obvious question, to my mind, is whether anyone would actually want to use them in the first place. The Pro controller is apparently a fine piece of equipment, but the Joy-Con looks cramped and cumbersome, like a sawed-off one-quarter of a conventional controller. Which is effectively what it is, really, and so while it's kind of interesting as a novelty, I have a hard time seeing it as something that PC gamers will forgo a regular controller for.

James said last week that we'll be trying the Switch Pro controller for ourselves in the coming weeks to see if it lives up to the hype. With any luck we'll be able to squeeze some Joy-Con time in there too.

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.