Your Nintendo Switch controllers will work on PCs and Macs, too


Turns out the Nintendo Switch might be a more functional system than we thought and while we’re still decades away from legitimate PC-to-Nintendo console cross-play, several sources are reporting that the Joy-Con controllers can be used to play games on PCs, Macs and Android devices.  

There’s a very easy-to-explain reason behind this feature – Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, Link and Donkey Kong, is a wizard. (No just kidding.) 

Like the Xbox One and PS4 controllers, the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers use Bluetooth to communicate with the console. What that means is that you can use Nintendo’s gamepads to play the latest Halo game on PC, hook them up to your phone or tablet, or control your Sims on a Mac by syncing them up to your Apple computer and using gamepad mapping software. 

This functionality, while unexpected, is certainly a welcome novelty and could have some real potential for the home-brew crowd.