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TomaTito said:

No problem, you can also use the adapter on your Switch or Android devices apart from the PC.
And you can use any of your Wiimote, Switch Joy-Cons and Switch Pro controllers.

Seems like it's definitely worth the money then!



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Conina said:

I don't know the situation in Japan, but elsewhere you get a used wired Xbox360-controller for 10 - 15 bucks. They are perfect for PC-gaming, best compatibility.

Maybe I could find one used, but of course I'd prefer a new one without wear and tear.



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manuel said:
hinch said:

I have a SN30 Pro (wireless). Its a good pad, not the most ergonomic, but its well built and works well. Its just a quality SNES pad clone with extra flat 'trigger buttons' LT/RT. Works pretty well, I prefer it to the SNES Classic controller which says a lot about its quality.

If you can afford to bump it up for the Series S/X controller, I would probably go that way. Way more robust and ergonomic and 100% compatibility with Windows and games that support a game pad. You should be quite easily find one available to buy on Amazon next month upon the new console launch. All you need is a USB-C cable to plug it in and you're golden. Or connect via Bluetooth.

Thanks for the info.

I'm not in a hurry, so I can wait for Series S/X controllers. My laptop even has a USB-C port.

No worries. USB-A (normal) to USB C would work too should you have a cable lying around :)



manuel said:
VAMatt said:
You can't order an XB controller from Amazon over there? Note that XB1 controllers can be used wired as well as wireless.

So all those wireless ones can be used via USB, too? That'd be nice.

On amazon at least they all seem to be either sold out or too expensive.

Xbox-Elite controller

Xbox wireless controller (red)

I'll check some stores when I go out next time, but Xbox is almost nonexistent here where I am.

The elite controller is great, but very expensive.  The regular controllers can be used wired, by USB.  I can't speak to any third party controllers though. 



I have a Logitech F310, and it's not too bad. In fact, I got it precisely because when I got it, it had pretty good reviews in its price range. The D-pad is not too great, but other than that, I have no complaints. Of course some other nice alternatives have been mentioned here as well.



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Thanks for all your input. For now I've ordered that wireless USB adapter from 8BitDo so I can use my Wii U pro controller. I'll just see how that works first.

The upcoming controllers for the Series S/X are a bit expensive for my taste, but they look comfy to use and probably work great with Windows. How good is the D-pad on Xbox controllers in your experience?

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TomaTito said:

Why not use the Nintendo, Sony or Xbox controllers you have? Buy the 8Bitdo adapter instead!

Do you happen to have one of those?

If so, can you maybe help me?

I got the adapter, and it looks like it's synced (the light on the adapter and the light on the controller both are solid), but none of my inputs do anything? The manual isn't helpful at all...

I hope I didn't get a faulty unit.



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manuel said:
TomaTito said:

Why not use the Nintendo, Sony or Xbox controllers you have? Buy the 8Bitdo adapter instead!

Do you happen to have one of those?

If so, can you maybe help me?

I got the adapter, and it looks like it's synced (the light on the adapter and the light on the controller both are solid), but none of my inputs do anything? The manual isn't helpful at all...

I hope I didn't get a faulty unit.

Yeah, I have one, but not with me right now. Seems you have it synced between the adapter and controller.

Check the manual section for X-input... it should work by just plugin in.
https://download.8bitdo.com/Manual/Receiver/usb_adapter/8Bitdo_USB_RR_Manual.pdf

Maybe here they mentione something?
https://www.reddit.com/r/8bitdo/comments/dfynaf/wireless_adapter_on_pc_not_acting_like_an_xinput/
https://www.reddit.com/r/8bitdo/comments/8jo6o6/i_think_i_might_not_understand_xinput_for_8bitdo/



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I got it to work somehow by pressing select + up for 3 seconds. Some people say it comes with a sticker that has those commands on it, but mine didn't have a sticker.
They should really communicate the usage methods better.
Thanks for your help!



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On dual shock 3, 4, wii classic controller pro, I didn't need to press anything, I think it's only for switching between xinput and direct input. Check if it is still reconcinsed as a xbox gamepad. you can also update the adapter firmware. 


If your notebook has bluetooth, you could just use a tool like wiiusoft, but the adapter is still better.