How to connect a DualShock 4 to a Nintendo Switch

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The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller is one of the most reliable bluetooth gamepads of the previous console generation. Fortunately, the controller can also pair itself with the Nintendo Switch too. 

While the controller is officially supported, the DualShock 4 will be stilted on the Switch. Since the PlayStation 4 has some features that the Nintendo Switch does not, certain functions will not work on the rival console. Nevertheless, the controller's main buttons are still functional when paired to the Switch. 

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The process is remarkably simple. You don't need to install any programs but you will need additional hardware. To do this, you'll need a USB Bluetooth receiver. These can be picked up fairly cheap on Amazon. If you want a high quality, foolproof adapter, 8bitdo provide a tried and tested version.

Here’s how to use a DualShock 4 on Nintendo Switch games. 

How to pair a DualShock 4 on Nintendo Switch 

While the DualShock 4 is mainly used for PlayStation 4 games, the controller itself is compatible with consoles and services outside Sony’s console. These third-party platforms include select games on the PC, Steam and even the Nintendo Switch. 

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To pair the DualShock 4 on the Nintendo Switch, follow these steps:

  1. Attach a Wireless adapter to the Nintendo Switch USB port. The port is located on the side of the Switch’s dock .
  2. Open up System Settings inside your Switch menu.
  3. Proceed to the Controllers and Sensors options.
  4. Set Pro Controller Wired Communications to On.
  5. Make sure to dock and turn on the Switch console to make the Pairing button on your wireless adapter work properly.
  6. Connect the DualShock 4 controller to the Switch via pressing the PS button and Share button until its light keeps blinking white. The white blinking light means that the controller is trying to pair with nearby devices.
  7. If the Nintendo Switch link is successful, the light while turn into solid blue and can now be used for games. If it doesn't work, repeat the steps again until it does.  
  8. To do this on a Nintendo Switch Lite, you'll need a USB C to USB dongle to plug the Bluetooth adapter directly into the Switch.

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Nintendo Switch Gaming Cheaper Price 

Compared to the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, buying the adapter is a cheaper alternative when going for Joy Con alternative. As seen on Amazon, the third-party Nintendo Switch wireless adapter costs just $20, often less.

Meanwhile, an official Nintendo Switch Pro controller costs around $50 on Amazon. If a DualShock 4 is already available, going for the adapter setup will save you money. However, the only problem on the DualShock 4 setup is that it may not have all the functionality of a Switch Pro controller.

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